Just after Hitachi President Kazuo Furukawa announced
that the company is digging in with its flat panel and hard drive business lines, two new CinemaStar
hard drives get a June release date. First up is the 2.5-inch, 320GB CinemaStar C5K320, with SmoothStream to keep your video flowing, um, smoothly. If you need more capacity, there's the 3.5-inch, 500GB CinemaStar 5K500 (not to be confused with the 2.5-inch TravelStar 5K500
), which is Hitachi's first drive with CoolSpin to limit current draw. We've never had a problem putting standard desktop
hard drives to multimedia use, but limiting heat/power draw and acoustic noise are two area that you should factor in for drives destined for living room or bedroom placement; so if poring over specs like bels and Watts isn't your thing, maybe consider an "approved" video drive like these.