Summing up I would like to say that the results appeared really good. These are exactly the words I would like to write speaking about my impressions from the new Seagate ST1 solution. We have just seen that it successfully outperforms its No.1 competitor – Microdrive storage solution from Hitachi, not to mention the GS Magicstor. On the one hand we have to admit that this is pretty natural and predictable result, because it is always easier to develop a product when you have some market experience in the compact storage solutions filed and some examples in front of you. On the other hand, however, we should give due credit to Seagate, which managed to release a few new compact storage devices, which proved highly efficient and competitive throughout the entire test session.
What actually allowed the 5GB ST1 product to perform so well in our tests? It looks like the drive owes this impressive performance primarily to high data density per platter and large 2MB buffer, which is not typical of a 1-inch HDD. I have to admit that this time we unfortunately didn’t have the chance to take a closer look at the power consumption of the new solution, so we will definitely be posting an update to this article later on, when we get the chance to perform the required measurements.
And in the meanwhile I would like to state with all certainty that users have now got the chance to try out a new CompactFlash hard disk drive, which costs considerably less than any of the memory cards with comparable storage capacity out there. Hopefully, the release of this powerful product stimulates the price reduction in this market segment.