About a month ago, Seagate launched their latest drive aimed at ultrathin computing. Dubbed the Laptop Ultrathin, Seagate has taken all of the technology from the previous Momentus Thin and packed it into a 5mm Z-Height.
Over the last few years the need for portable storage has grown exponentially, leading Seagate to see tremendous value in designing and building 5mm hard drives. Devices like portable USB 3.0 storage, ultrathin netbooks, notebooks and tablets further this demand putting value in high capacity low cost storage options.
In April, we watched as Western Digital launched the Ultra Slim HDD. Built from the ground up using its proprietary edge connector, the success of the new WD Blue hinges largely on OEMs that are willing to design and build around this new connector. Seagate on the other hand has chosen the proven route, the route of the standard SATA connection, allowing for mass compatibility between old and upcoming devices. Like the days of Betamax vs. VHS and HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray, there can be only one for the most part, and Seagate has placed their bets on the SATA standard.
The Seagate Laptop Ultrathin at launch is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities; additionally Seagate has set aside a self-encrypting model ST500LT033 in the 500GB capacity that complies with TCG Opal standards.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Specifications for the Laptop Ultrathin have Seagate using a SATA 6Gb/s interface, with 16MB of cache complimenting the drive. Further, we have Average Seek times of 13ms for read operations and 15ms for write. The Maximum Sustained Data Rate is set to 100MB/s with 4K Advanced Format Sectors. Load/Unload Cycles match what we found with the NAS HDD at 600,000.
Power Consumption has the Laptop Ultrathin using just 1A during startup, with Seek and Idle coming in at 1.4W and 0.48W, respectively.
The Seagate Laptop Ultrathin will be offered at an MSRP of $89.99 in the 500GB capacity. Seagate adds to this by including a two year warranty.