Pats its own back for not compromising on speed and performance
Now that the first Surface Pro reviews are out, it seems that even those determined to overlook its hefty price tag are going to have a hard time justifying the Core i5-powered tablet’s piss-poor battery life to themselves. At around 4-5 hours, the Surface Pro’s battery life (or the lack thereof) belies the very reason people buy tablets — unwired, uninterrupted on-the-go use. Microsoft’s Panos Panay tackled questions about both the Windows 8 tablet’s limited battery life and lack of usable storage space in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Wednesday.
A number of factors will lead to declining hard drive shipments this year, IHS iSuppli says.
Facing stiff competition from tablets, smartphones, and solid state drives (SSDs), mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) shipments are expected to fall 12 percent this year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. HDD revenue will drop at about the same clip, declining 11.8 percent to $32.7 billion in 2013, down from $37.1 billion in 2012, and remaining flat in 2014.
The Surface Pro can be ordered in either 64GB or 128GB storage capacities, but don’t be deceived. 128GB models will only offer users 83GB of usable space, and the 64GB version will supply a paltry 23GB for user files. Extra internal capacity can be added through the devices microSDXC card slot, but it makes the marketing behind Microsoft’s Surface Pro just as shady as it was for the RT version.
The enterprise-class Ultrastar C10K1200 sports a SAS 6Gbs interface.
Western Digital's HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) subsidiary today unveiled what it claims is the world highest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive, the Ultrastar C10K1200. As a capacity extension to HGST's C10K900, the newest model is another enterprise-class hard drive with a SAS 6Gbps interface and 64MB cache buffer, but with 1.2TB of storage served up at 10,000 RPM.
Solid state drive (SSD) shipments are forecast to more than double in 2013.
It's going to be several years before solid state drives (SSDs) reach the same or similar market share as mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), but in the meantime, one of those storage sectors is seeing explosive growth. According to IHS iSuppli, a new generation of lower-cost and more appealing Ultrabooks will help double the number of SSD shipments to 83 million units in 2013, up from 39 million in 2012. By 2016, IHS iSuppli believes SSD shipments will reach 40 percent the size of the HDD market.
For less than $600, you can own a terabyte-class SSD.
We're a little late in bringing this to your attention, but it's worth noting that Micron is making a concerted effort to offer relatively affordable, large-capacity solid state drives (SSDs). We say it's relative because dropping half a dozen Benjamins on a single storage device is not something every PC user is in a position to do, but for those who can afford it, Micron's 960GB SSD is actually a reasonable value.
What's that you say, today's solid state drives (SSDs) don't offer enough capacity to hold your interest, let alone all your precious data? Well then you'll be happy to know that a company called Foremay has unveiled what it claims is the world's first 2.5-inch 2TB SSD with a thickness of 9.5mm. Is that enough to replace your aging mechanical hard drive?
Faster mSATA SSDs could lead to upgradeable tablets.
You probably haven't given much thought to upgrading your tablet PC's built-in storage, primarily because your hands are tied. If you need more storage, you can buy a microSD card (if your tablet supports it), use an external USB storage device (again, if your tablet supports it), or tap into the cloud. But what if you could swap out the built-in SSD for a faster, more capacious model? That's wishful thinking at the moment, but if companies like Super Talent keep releasing performance-oriented mSATA drives, perhaps tablet makers will take notice.
Plextor's M5M SSD is one-eighth the size of a standard 2.5-inch drive.
It's been a long, long time since Plextor's bread and butter was high-quality optical drives. It's perhaps a little bit ironic that Plextor's newest product is intended for Ultrabooks, a form factor that largely shuns optical drives (only a handful of Ultrabook models ship with a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive). Plextor finds itself focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, and the company's new M5M mSATA Series drives are intended to give Ultrabook owners some upgrade options.
Is that a 1TB flash drive in your pocket or...oh, it IS a 1TB flash drive!
Psst, hey you. Yes, YOU! Take a look at that thumbnail picture over there. Do you see it? Groovy, but do you know what you're looking at? Well, yes, it's a flash drive, but not just any flash drive. That just happens to be the world's largest USB flash drive. It's the Kingston HyperX Predator, and it holds a whopping 1TB of data, which is more than most Ultrabooks. Pretty crazy, right? Come closer and we'll tell you more.