Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 9.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $79
  • Brand Seagate Technology
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive
  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Buffer Size 64 MB
  • Average Seek Time 12 ms
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
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