The Good The Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD offers noticeably faster boot time and better overall performance than regular hard drives at a much lower cost than solid-state drives.
The Bad The Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD's data transfer speed is slow. It comes with just 8GB of flash memory and spins at only 5,400rpm.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for SSD-like performance at just a fraction of the cost, the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD offers some gratification.
Solid alternative to laptop hard drives
Using Seagate's new Laptop Thin Solid-State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) is a bittersweet experience.
Sweet because it indeed offers boot time and overall improvement somewhat similar to that of a solid-state drive (SSD) at a fraction of the cost, and bitter because its data transfer speed is slower than most regular hard drives'.
The Laptop Thin SSHD is designed specifically for laptops and supercompact desktops that focus on daily computing needs rather than data-moving-intensive tasks, and for this purpose, at the current cost of just $86 for 500GB, it delivers. You definitely don't want to use it as a secondary drive or in an external storage application, though.
LaCie brings Thunderbolt 2 to high-end storage products
The Seagate subsidiary moves its 2big and 5big storage systems to the faster Thunderbolt 2 data-transfer technology -- but adds USB 3 support, too. The new 8big rack-mount system is for those who need even more speed and capacity.
Seagate's new line of hard drives
Company announces nine products, including a 60-gigabyte drive for phones and a drive optimized for security cameras.
Storage giants to push hybrid hard drives
Seagate, Hitachi, Samsung, Fujitsu and Toshiba partner to promote combo of flash chips and magnetic platters. But where is Western Digital?
Al Shugart, hard-drive pioneer, dies at 76
The founder of hard-drive maker Seagate was one of the pioneers, and one of the regular guys, of the tech industry.
The face of a kinder, gentler Seagate
newsmaker The disk drive maker's CEO, Bill Watkins, explains why hard drives are profitable again.
The hard drive at 50
Hard drives have come a long way since debuting 50 years ago this week. Do they still have room to shrink?
Terabyte drive to debut later this year
Desktop hard drives holding 1 terabyte of storage will appear in 2006 and be incorporated into PCs and home servers.
Seagate's mission--'digitizing your lifestyle'
For CEO William Watkins, the next decade is all about moving content from home to car to handheld.
Can a new hard drive meet the flash challenge?
One-inch drives are being munched by flash memory. 1.8-inchers seem too big. Could 1.3-inchers be just right?
Seagate cranks up notebook drives to 160GB
Hard drive maker starts shipping its first drive for notebooks based around perpendicular recording techniques. Photo: Seagate's mighty Momentus drive
Seagate buys storage company Mirra
Looks to develop a box that'll let people access their home and small-office content from any Internet-connected PC.
Seagate ups drive warranties to five years
Longer warranty for internal drives shipped through distributors and retailers should pressure rivals, analyst says.