Conclusion, Pricing, and Thoughts
- Whisper quiet operation, even while seeking!
- Power sipping thanks to Green pedigree.
- Outstanding sequential read and write speeds.
- 3-Year warranty with 24/7 support hotline.
- 1,000,000 hour MTBF (35% boost over other consumer-grade hard drives).
- Random access performance is low (on-par with WD AV-GP).
Even this close it's hard to tell the Red is even on.
Pricing and Availability:
Here's the current snapshot a couple of days after launch (Newegg prices):
- 1TB @ $110 ($0.11 / GB)
- 2TB @ $130 ($0.07 / GB)
- 3TB @ $180 ($0.06 / GB)
When compared to pricing of other Green and equivalent models on the market right now, it works out to a $10 premium per drive. TLER, automatic dynamic balancing, 24/7 support for 3-years. That's absolutely worth $10 per drive.
Update: These are now for sale on Newegg.com!
Standard Western Digital 3-year Warranty.
Western Digital has seen a future market demand and filled that void brilliantly. The new Red series offers outstanding throughput, dead-silent operation, and even some enterprise features at a cost only slightly above that of the lowest cost consumer drives out there. The ability to continuously and dynamically self balance is a feature unseen in even their own enterprise lines, and is a sure contributor to the 1 Million MTBF rating. I see the Red becoming the defacto standard for all bulk storage array applications. Given the recent push towards the home NAS concept, I think a bunch of folks are going to start seeing Red everywhere (in a good way).