Seagate has updated their 2.5 inch laptop SSHD line with potential for improved performance as well as a slight increase in capacity from 750GB to 1TB. The Seagate 2.5″ SSHD is equipped with a SATA interface and a 5400-RPM spindle speed, is compatible with PC, Mac, and even certain gaming consoles. Like its predecessor, the HDD part of the hybrid drive allows for the extra storage all the while offering performance close to that of an SSD due their use of NAND flash, though Seagate doesn’t offer any quoted performance numbers.
To leverage the solid-state portion of the Seagate Laptop 1TB, the hybrid drive uses the company’s Adaptive Memory technology, which is comprised of advanced algorithms to track data user data patterns. As a result, it prioritizes the most frequently used data (or ‘hot data’) on the solid state part of the drive, so users will see much better overall performance compared to traditional hard disk drives. This is certainly a very attractive option to many media enthusiasts and power users, as it offers the best of both worlds: speed and capacity in a 2.5 inch form factor. Not only does it offer those two perks, the Seagate Laptop SSHD line is also significantly less costly than full SSDs, which can influence a lot of consumers on the cusp who don’t have the budget for an upgrade to a traditional SSD-based device.