While idle noises are every bit as low as we've come to expect, seek noises are a bit surprising. Though not loud in absolute terms, seeks are a notch above that of Western Digital's WD400BB. As a single-platter drive, the MPG-AH runs cool to the touch even after extended use.
Overall, while an improvement over everything we've seen from the manufacturer in the past, the Fujitsu MPG-AH series doesn't quite boast the capacity options of its competitors. Though it can match and even best the likes of Maxtor's and Seagate's latest drives, it doesn't quite offer the performance or especially the capacity range of WD's BB series. The latter is better choice for those who don't stumble upon an MPG-AH at a rock-bottom, close-out deal. What's even more disappointing, however, is that we're not going to see future drive's follow up on the MPG-AH's promising turnaround. Fujitsu's departure from the ATA landscape has nipped an auspicious reversal in the bud.