Western Digtial Blue UltraSlim 5mm WD5000MPCK 500GB HDD Review

ocworkbench 20 Oct 2013

Innovation and yet still innovation, that is how tech companies make a difference in the market. Although Western Digital have made in roads in areas of networking products, their forte is still in the hard disk technology.

One may ask, everyone is using SSD these days, who cares about HDD. Well, there are still lots of people running on HDD. Consideration factors include the price per GB and secondly the reliability.

Unboxing of the WD Blue Slim


With the ever popular ultrabooks and small form factor devices popping up in the market, Western Digital makes a bold move with it’s HDD and introduce the super slim 5mm WD Blue SLIM HDD for OEM makers.

The WD Blue Slim is so slim that it is slimmer than our SSD. From the looks of it, the HDD is merely like a PCB with an edge connector. The edge connector is used to connect to the SATA port and power cable.

The small compact HDD runs a SATA 6Gb/s interface with has a 5400RPM rotational speed. We do not expect it to be a screamer in speed. On the next page, we will take a look at the raw performance of the HDD in various benchmark tests.

Below are the specifications of the product


•Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s •Performance ◦Rotational Speed 5,400 RPM ◦Buffer Size 16 MB ◦Average Latency 5.50ms

•Shock ◦Operating Shock (Read) 400G, 2ms ◦Non-operating Shock 1000G, 2ms

•Acoustics ◦Idle Mode 15 dBA (average) ◦Seek Mode 0 17 dBA (average)

•Temperature ◦Operating 0° C to 60° C ◦Non-operating -40° C to 65° C

•Dimensions (HxDxW) 5mm x 100.3mm x 69.85mm •Weight 74g

By Harry