Western Digital has launched a new range of consumer-focused solid state drives after several years spent banking on spinning-disk storage. The WD Blue and WD Green lines are SATA SSDs that you can slip into a laptop to get faster, more efficient performance than a hard drive.
The products come five months after Western Digital closed its acquisition of SanDisk, and are similar to prior models from the flash storage company. While Western Digital will of course continue to sell traditional hard drives like the new hyper-colorful My Passport range, the move into consumer SSDs signifies that the company wants a broader and more modern product offering.
The Blue SSDs come in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities priced from $79 to $299; they’re available now to “select customers.” The entry-level Green range has 120GB and 240GB variants, but there’s no pricing information yet as they won’t be released til later in the year.