Hitachi is known for making some great desktop hard drives. The Hitachi Deskstar for example is known for providing excellent performance and bang for your buck value. So I was excited to see what Hitachi had in store, when it sent over the Travelstar Mobile Hard Drive.
No need for a diet
The Hitachi Travelstar (Z5K320) comes in 160GB, 250GB and 320GB capacities. The one being reviewed today is the 320GB version and is meant as a mobile hard drive for laptops and gaming consoles. The Z5K320 uses a 3.0Gbps interface and has been tuned for improved heat distribution and silence. A more detailed look at the specs are highlighted below:
Now let’s have a closer look at the Travelstar’s Design
Size does matter...well almost!!
The first thing that you will notice right off the bat is how ultra-slim it is when compared to other 2.5 inch hard drives. The reason for this is, even though it conforms to the 2.5 inch standard, it is physically thinner as Hitachi has managed to shave off 2.5 mm from its height to make it just 7mm.This provides a svelte look to the hard drive and makes it a great option for OEM manufacturers.
As you can see by the pictures above, the Travelstar performs quite well in the Read/Write test. It will obviously score a bit lower when compared to a 7200 rpm drive, because of the single platter disadvantage. But even so, it is good enough option to consider if you are looking for a cheap storage device.
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