While Seagate is still working on thinning down its drive lineup, we do know that they too have reached the 500GB per platter density, with options like the Laptop Ultrathin at 500GB capacity. The problem here is that while Seagate has yet to offer anything over 500GB in the 7mm Z-Height, WD is cranking out 1TB drives and drop dead gorgeous drives at that.
While a hard drive is still just that, a mechanical glass spinning magnetic wonder, Western Digital has put new clothes on its WD Slim line-up, and the same can be said for the thinner Ultra Slim, as well. This gives a cleaner, elegant look to the drives, and as I said in the beginning dresses them up like a solid state drive and of course, when we see a solid state drive we think one thing. Speed.
The performance of this one terabyte monster was quite exceptional, and next to the SSHD from Seagate, one of the quickest we have tested. HDTune and Anvils both show the WD Slim as the drive to beat, and after removing the Laptop Thin SSHD from PCMark8, the Slim would be at the top in applications testing as well.
This all leads me to one thing. If you want the ultimate in HDD capacity, without sacrificing anything in terms of performance in the hard disk drive segment, the WD Slim is a must have.