It's been more than a year since Hitachi last updated its CinemaStar hard disks. The manufacturer, now part of Western Digital, has announced two new hard disks in the series. The CinemaStar line is optimised for large files, such as movies, which can be streamed more efficiently thanks to the 'SmoothStream' technology.
The new CinemaStar hard drives are of the 2.5-inch variety, which compensates a lower capacity with smaller dimensions, less noise production and decreased power requirements. The 2.5-inch form factor makes the CinemaStar disks compatible with a wide variety of small media players, NAS devices and notebooks. Three different models will be launched, the Z7K500, C5K1000 and Z5K500. The first is a line of 7200 RPM drives with a SATA 6 Gbps interface, 32 MB of cache memory and comes in capacities of 250, 320 and 500 GB. These drives are 7 mm high.
The CinemaStar C5K1000 is a 9.5 mm thick 5400 RPM drive, available in 640 GB, 750 GB and 1 TB capacities, each with a TDP of about 1.5 watts. The CinemaStar Z5K500 combines a capacity of 250, 320 or 500 GB with a 7 mm height. These 2.5-inch drives have a 1.4 watt power consumption and should be the most quiet drives in the entire CinemaStar line.
While the new Hitachi/Western Digital CinemaStar drives should be available immediately, prices are yet to be revealed.
NewCinemaStar 2.5-inch drives combine capacities of 250 GB through 1 TB with low power requirements