Although Seagate's new drive isn't quite as fast as most SSDs, it's unfair to expect such performance. Rather than see the Momentus XT as a slow SSD, it makes more sense to view it as a fast HDD – and fast it is. In AnandTech's testing, the drive performed like a quieter, less power-hungry VelociRaptor (Western Digital's 10,000RPM units). Momentus XT drives are up for preorder via Amazon for $107, $115, and $137 – a bit more than mechanical notebook drives sans flash.
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