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CNET First Look
The Toshiba SSHD is a good catch.The Toshiba SSHD is a quite fast hybrid internal drive but it's no match for CNET editor Dong Ngo's lighting reflex.
Hi, guys. Dong Ngo here and this is the all new Toshiba SSHD or Solid State Hybrid Drive. Now, before we dig deep into this, let's find out what an SSHD is. Well, first we have a regular hard drive like this one right here. Let me open it up. On the inside, you see there is a bunch of disks that spin, very much like a spindle of CD right here, it's mechanical, it's slow, but it's very affordable which is why you can actually buy one yourself and open it up. Now, the drive's damage but the fun is worth the money. And then we have a solid state drive like this one right here. It's very expensive, but it's also very fast and has no moving part on the inside and that means you can also open it. Actually, safely open it because right here, the drive is still working. As you can see it has only memory chips, no moving part or gear, so it's very similar to the system memory right here. Now, if you take a little bit of solid state memory like this one right here and put it in a single box together with a regular spinning drive, you have yourself a Solid State Hybrid Drive, which the Toshiba is. Now, back to the Toshiba here, it comes with 8-gigabyte of solid state memory and come in four capacity-- 320 gigabytes, 500 gigabytes, 750 gigabytes and 1 terabyte. The drive is a regular 2.5-inch design and support the standard SHA-3, 60-bit per second. It also work with SHA-2 and SATA. Basically, it works in all applications where existing regular hard drive is being used. However, it's best to be used at the main storage that hosts the operating system. Now, the drive comes with two thicknesses-7 millimeter for the lower capacity and 9.5 millimeter for the higher capacity and that's being a part phone standard laptop and desktop. It also fit in some ultrabook and some even tablets. Now, SSHD is not new because Seagate has a few of its own, such as this laptop theme drive I have right here, but in my testing, the new Toshiba drive actually faster and where it come by gigabyte by gigabyte, it's also cheaper than the Seagate counterpart. And at $80 for one terabyte is a lot cheaper than a solid state drive of the same capacity. Now, you cannot expect the full SSD performance of an SSHD drive, but in my testing the [unk] and application performance were actually, hugely improved. To find out more about this drive check out my full review at CNET.com. One more thing, remember this is very a must feel hard drive on the inside, so do not open it for fun or drop it. In fact, let me show what happened to it if you drop it. There we go. Let me try again. I guess I just cannot drop it. My reflex is just too damn fast, so like all things, you have to have to take my word for it. You'd be happy with your life and that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look of the Toshiba Solid State Hybrid Drive.