The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …

Bezel-less PC Monitor Philips 274E5QSB Review

Next generation displays, mostly bezel-less items, are becoming frequenters in hardware PC stores. Each manufacturer tries to elaborate at least a single such product in order not to fall behind its competitors. Philips is happy to replenish its own inventory with a new bezel-less display, codenamed 274E5QSB. This 27-inch monitor belongs to Brilliance series and features AH-IPS panel. Its major attraction is a competitive price that makes this model one of the most affordable products of such a class in the market.



Specifications


Monitor Philips 274E5QSB features the following specifications:

— matrix: type – AH-IPS, backlit – W-LED with hard coating surface, aspect ratio – 16:9, resolution – 1920x1080, amount of produced colors – 16.7 m, viewing angles – 178/178 (down and across), response time – 14 ms ISO, contrast – 1000:1/20M:1 (static/dynamic), brightness – 250 cd/m2;

— onboard acoustics: absent;

— VESA support – present;

— PSU: …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.
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