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Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD is more than just thinEditor Dong Ngo thinks the new Seagate SSHD is special -- is it?
Hi, guys. It's Dong Ngo here, and this is the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD. So, what is this? Well, it's not a regular solid-state drive like this one here, nor is it a regular hard drive like this. It is the combi of both, or as Seagate called this, is the new solid-state hybrid drive. Now, this drive right here comes with 500 Gigabyte of regular hard drive storage and 8 Gigabyte of NAND flash memory, the kind of storage used in most SSD. Now, hybrid drives are special. But this particular one here is actually very special. Take a look at this. It has Seagate Confidential, which mean you cannot buy on the market. In fact, you have to be quite special to have one like this. It's quite tempting, you know. And oops. It's gone. I guess, now, you can actually find one on eBay. But don't worry. I have another one here. Brand new. I'm Dong Ngo, after all. Now, just for the record, you can buy it. It's just not the confidential version. Anyhow, this is actually the third generation of hybrid drive from Seagate. Previously, it was called Momentus XT. Starting this year, all hybrid drive are now called SSHD. This Laptop Thin SSHD here, as the name suggests, is thin. Only 7 millimeter thick, some 2.5 millimeter thinner than the previous generation. It's about as thin as most SSD on the market. And that means it can fit in all desktop computer, all laptop computers, and some Ultrabooks. Now, the new drive here is quite different from the previous generation. First of all, on the inside, it's spin is only 5400-RPM as opposed to 7200-RPM of the previous generation. It also kept at 500 Gigabyte. But there's also another version of this drive, called Laptop SSHD without Thin, that offer one terabyte. So, how is this new drive here better than regular hard drive? Well, the drive come with Seagate's Adaptive Memory Technology that automatically look for hard data and copy that on to the NAND flash memory part. So, the next time when the same data is being requested, it's gonna be read from the flash memory and hence, improve the performance. So, how much is this? Now, this drive here cost about $80 for 500 Gig, which is slightly more expensive than a regular hard drive, but much cheaper than an SSD of the same capacity. And in my testing, it did indeed improve the performance. But for more on that, and to check out the full review at CNET.com. And when you're at it on the interwebs, make sure you follow me on Facebook, on Twitter. You'd be glad that you'd do. And finally, remember, this is all confidential. Don't tell anybody. We don't want-- on second thought, go tell everybody. And why? That's because I'm Dong Ngo. And this has been the first look at the Seagate Laptop Thin Solid-State Hybrid Drive. I have two of them.