Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD, The Company’s Thinnest Drive

By the prevalence of portable storage solutions and the rapid increase of demands for them over the last few years, Seagate noticed the significant value in providing the market with very slim hard drives that do not measure more than 5mm tall. Devices like ultrathin netbooks, notebooks, USB 3.0 storage and tablets are the main targets that give such kind of drives a huge value as low cost high capacity storage options.

Conceive something as thick as a pile of six credit cards, that is just Seagate’s Laptop Ultrathin HDD. Let’s understand how this comes to happen. You expect from a typical 2.5″ disk to be 9.5 mm thick, now with a Z-height of 5 mm, imagine a hard drive that’s only a very little more than half of that measure, and that’s amazingly extremely thin.

Additionally, these drives weigh in at 93 g. So, not only are they crazy-tiny, but they’re also ultra-light, too. This should be exciting news for the folks who want plenty of capacity from their mobile devices, but are still sensitive to cost (as in, they can’t necessarily afford a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD). Naturally, then, Seagate is aiming its newest Laptop Ultrathin HDDs at small laptops and Ultrabooks.

Other than its form factor and weight, the Laptop Ultrathin HDD’s other technical specifications are fairly similar to its peers. The drive family employs one platter spinning at 5400 RPM, features 16 MB of data cache, and communicates across a 6 Gb/s SATA interface.

Even with WD striking first, with their competing Ultra Slim drive, Seagate has come roaring back with the Laptop Ultrathin. More recently, we have seen manufacturers such as ASUS and Dell jump on the ultrathin bandwagon, choosing Seagate as the supplier.

Furthermore, Seagate’s adoption of the standard SATA connector should allow for an ease in transition to 5mm mobile HDD’s, and as we look in to the future, I fully expect to see more portable storage solutions from a host of manufacturers to use the Laptop Ultrathin.

The Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD turns out to be a solid 2.5” hard drive with a SATA 6Gb/s interface. Its performance is good enough for the disk to stand in as a system drive in space-constrained mobile devices. However, as we might have guessed, and the benchmarks actually show, it cannot compete with the fastest 7200 RPM models when it comes to an all-out drag race.

If we have to summarize the performance of Seagate’s Laptop Ultrathin HDD in one word, it’d be average. Fortunately for Seagate, this drive isn’t being marketed as a performance-oriented solution. Its main selling point is the fact that it’s only 5 mm thick, instead of the 9.5 mm most of us are used to. This thin design lets the Laptop Ultrathin HDD fit in very shallow enclosures, while still facilitating 500 GB of capacity.

When it comes to power consumption, this drive beats its competitors in the overall result. This is what you want to see from a mobility-oriented hard drive anyway.

So eventually do you have to go for this drive for your Ultrathin notebook? Well, it depends on few factors. If you do not need the large capacity between the range of 320-500 GB, and a 120 GB range suits you, then you better think about having a solid state drive (SSD) instead if its dimensions fit into your notebook. Otherwise this drive can be a decent option until an as-slim-as-this-drive SSD comes to surface.

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