Conclusion: The Samsung Spinpoint SP1203N 120GB Hard Drive represents a solid product that has several useful applications for system builders looking to assemble a quiet PC. The incorporation of noise reduction and vibration technologies add to the attractiveness of this product. By default the SP1203N supports older legacy technologies including ATA formats ranging from ATA-33 to ATA-133.
Pros: Quiet idle and seeking operation, Incorporations new noise reduction and vibration technologies, Fast access time, Legacy compatible, Price
Cons: Seek times were higher than manufacturer specification
Summary: Samsung says the Spinpoint SP1203N will be available in the second half of April with an estimated suggested retail price around $200. At that price, I simply can't recommend the drive, despite its stunning performance in File Copy Test. Comparable drives with 8MB of cache from Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital are all available for around $130, and Serial ATA drives with 8MB of cache from Maxtor and Seagate are selling for under $190.
Conclusion: Para aqueles que acham que a indústria brasileira vai de mal a pior e que no Brasil não é possível fabricar componentes de alta tecnologia, o disco rígido da Samsung mostra justamente o oposto: podemos ter, sim, no Brasil, uma indústria de alta tecnologia competitiva – mesmo o governo não ajudando, com a aplicação de 64 tipos de impostos diferentes em cima de nós. Bem, mas isso já é assunto para um bom editorial.