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Hitachi announces 7mm 500GB TravelStar Z7K

Hitachi announces 7mm 500GB TravelStar Z7K

The Hitachi TravelStar Z7K500 packs 500GB of storage into a 2.5in chassis just 7mm thick.

Hitachi's storage arm has announced a new product in preparation for the expected flood of Ultrabook designs to follow Intel's Ivy Bridge processor launch: the TravelStar Z7K series.

While the majority of Ultrabooks opt for solid-state storage, there's a lot to be said for spinning platter drives. They're cheaper, they're more capacious, and while slower they're more than fast enough for the majority of common uses of a laptop.

There is, however, one slight problem: they're also pretty bulky. The standard height of a 2.5in laptop hard drive comes in at 9mm, with some of the higher capacity models stretching as high as 12.5mm. If you're building an ultra-slim Ultrabook, they're pretty much out of the question.

Which is where the TravelStar Z7K series comes in. Available in 250GB, 350GB and 500GB capacities, the TravelStar Z7K series uses a single platter which helps to keep the overall size down. As a result, even the largest 500GB model sits in a height of just 7mm.

Despite its svelte dimensions, the specifications haven't suffered. Being Hitachi's second-generation high-performance 7mm drive design, the Z7K family comes as standard running at 7,200rpm, features 32MB of cache and a SATA 6Gb/s connection to the motherboard. Hitachi is also pointing out that its small stature means plenty of room for an mSATA SSD to be used as a staging area for improved performance.

What Hitachi hasn't yet shared, however, is the pricing. It has confirmed that qualification samples have already shipped to manufacturers with volume production in March, meaning it's likely we'll see at least a few of the first round of Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks packing a TravelStar.

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----jimbo---- 22nd February 2012, 16:46 Quote
Hopefully this will help drive down the ultrabook pricing which is always a good thing.
enciem 22nd February 2012, 17:58 Quote
I thought an SSD and costing a grand were some of the specs for being an ultrabook. Isn't this going in the direction of the megabook (if that would be slightly lower)?
Jack_Pepsi 22nd February 2012, 19:26 Quote
That'll break pretty quickly I think. I see a lot of these being RMA'd.
Banleno007 22nd February 2012, 21:10 Quote
Hopefully this will help drive down the ultrabook pricing which is always a good thing.
TheDodoKiller 23rd February 2012, 02:06 Quote
If someone can make something that looks like a zenbook, has a 64GB SSD for boot, a 500GB one of these, and can sell them for £750,They're going to be fairly wealthy. I know I'd certainly buy one.
mclean007 23rd February 2012, 06:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
That'll break pretty quickly I think. I see a lot of these being RMA'd.
On what possible basis can you say that?
aLtikal 23rd February 2012, 13:01 Quote
Incoming EpicImmensePhenominalBook Laptops.
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