Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB

The Scorpio Blue line targets mainstream notebook buyers and our sample packs 750GB of storage capacity

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB This Scorpio Blue packs 750GB of storage capacity and mighty performance to boot
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  May 11, 2010

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Key Specs

Capacity: 750GB
Form factor: 2.5-inch
Interface: Serial ATA
Price: $149
Spindle speed: 5400rpm

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Western Digital's notebook line consists of two lines, the Scorpio Blue and Scorpio Black. The Blue line offers ‘Big capacity for portable computing' whereas Black drives offer ‘Desktop-class performance for notebook computers'.

Our test sample Blue offers 750GB of capacity though the highest offered is 1TB. Being a notebook drive the Scorpio features a 2.5-inch form factor and packs a spindle motor with a rotational speed of 5400rpm.   

Installing the notebook in our Dell XPS M1210 notebook we found the drive offered impressive performance. Running our synthetic HDTach3 benchmark the Blue returned an average read speed of 79.8MB/sec and a burst speed of 224.1MB/sec. These are healthy results that keep up with mainstream desktop drives. Running our real world Company of Heroes and F.E.A.R level load tests the drive completed both operations managing times of 39 seconds and 24 seconds. Competitive times once again.

Owing to its 5400rpm spindle motor however the drive managed a random access time of just 17.9ms. In the real world this showed when multitasking, the drive felt a little sluggish. In use the Scorpio is inaudible and free from vibrations. At US $149 the drive is aggressively priced, it works out to just $0.20 per gigabyte.

Verdict: The Scorpio Blue offers quick performance, vibration and noise free operation for an attractive price.

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