Western Digital has begun shipping its new WD Scorpio Blue 7mm hard drive line, the newest edition to its mobile HDD family and the one with the lowest power consumption. These 2.5-inch drives are fully compatible with industry-standard 9.5mm slots found in mainstream notebooks and slimmer laptops, but they're really designed to shine in Ultrabooks as an alternative to costly solid state drives that fall short on storage space.
The WD Scorpio Blue drives feature a single platter, small form factor design and are available in 500GB and 320GB capacities. Western Digital says they're specified to best-in-class 400Gs shock tolerance, so while you probably wouldn't want to toss your Ultrabook down a flight of stairs, these drives should have no problem dealing with the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
"Consumers want thin and light personal computers, but the limited storage capacity of SSD-based notebooks forces them to pick and choose what files to bring from their library," said Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager for WD client storage products. "With the release of the new WD Scorpio Blue 7mm mobile hard drives, WD is able to offer capacity, reliability and data-protection features combined with excellent power management all in a slim form factor perfect for thin and light notebooks."
The drives are available now via select distributors and resellers. Pricing has been set to $100 for the 500GB model and $80 for the 320GB model, both of which are backed by a two-year limited warranty.