Hitachi has unveiled a new range of ultra thin 7mm laptop 2.5 inch hard drives, the TravelStar and CinemaStar hard drives. The TravelStar is designed to be used in ultra portable’s like laptops and notebooks, whilst the CinemaStar is designed to be used for audio and video streaming.
According to Hitachi, both models offer low power consumption, shock resistance, quiet acoustics and both models will be available with up to 320GB of storage, making them the highest capacity 7mm hard drives available.
Here are some of the specifications on the models available.
The Travelstar Z7K320 hard drive: This is the first 7mm 2.5-inch hard drive in the industry that spins 7,200rpm. The drive also has 16MB of cache memory and supports the Serial ATA 3Gbps. Hitachi claims that the drive can deliver up to an 18 percent improvement in application performance over the 5,400rpm models of the same capacity. The drive features a halogen-free design and low power consumption at just 1.8 watts during operation and 0.8 watt when idle.
The Travelstar Z5K320 hard drive: This is the lower-end ultraportable SATA 3Gbps hard drive that has 8MB of cache and spins at 5,400rpm. The drive consumes even less energy than the Z7k320 with just 1.6 watts during operation and 0.55 watts when idle.
The CinemaStar Z5K320 hard drive: Hitachi claims that this is the first 7mm hard drive designed specifically for AV-streaming devices, such as set-top boxes and DVRs. It allows these device to stay compact while offering a large amount of storage. The drive comes with 8MB of cache memory, supports SATA 3Gbps, and spins at 5,400rpm. It also futures low-energy consumption and quiet acoustics.