WD Blue SSHD (3.5-inch 4TB)
WD is the latest storage manufacturer to dip its toes into the SSHD pool. SSHDs (or Solid State Hybrid Drives) are storage solutions that promise SSD-like performance, but with HDD capacity and price. In the case of the WD Blue (3.5-inch 4TB) that we tested, it boasts speeds of 150MB/s. But, based on what we have seen in other SSHDs by other manufacturers previously, we are mildly skeptical.
Before we jump into the review, it's best to recap what the different colored storage solutions from WD mean. Black offers the fastest performance; Blue is targeted at mainstream users; Green for eco-friendly performance; Red for NAS systems; and Purple, which is optimized to store surveillance footage.
As the WD Blue SSHD is designed to meet the needs of the mainstream user, it can be set up in a variety of systems, for gaming or for work. It may look like any other standard HDD made for desktops, but take a look inside however, and you'll find 8GB of NAND cache. This is half the required space needed to install the 32-bit version of Windows 10.
To test the WD Blue SSHD, we made it the master drive of one of our everyday work PCs.