Today, Seagate announced the world’s thinnest notebook hard drives – Momentus Thin – at capacities of 160GB and 250GB. The new slim 7mm height is 26% slimmer than typical notebook hard drives that are 9.5mm.
This may be just what the market needs to accelerate growth of the ultra-thin notebook segment which to date has experienced slow adoption with SMBs. One reason may be the falling prices of mainstream notebooks, combined with the premium business users must pay for storage that enables ultra-thin computing, whether it be SSD or 1.8 inch drive technology, while at the same time sacrificing capacity.
Just last week Acer chairman JT Wang blamed OEMs like HP and Dell for poor sales of ultra-thin notebooks citing the reduced prices for mainstream notebook solutions and a lack of focus on the market segment. On the contrary, “Wang expects Acer’s ultra-thin notebooks to account for 30% of its total notebook shipments in 2010, and total shipments will increase 30% on year to reach an on-year growth of 15% in the company’s 2010 consolidated revenues.”
Momentus Thin just might be the game changer the big OEMs have been waiting for the accelerate their ultra-thin offering and increase focus on the segment since one of the main barriers has been the cost of storage capacity.
Maybe 2010 will give life to that ever popular New Year’s resolution to get thinner.
What say you?