Newegg has the Seagate ST1000LM014 Momentus 1TB 64MB Cache 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Notebook Drive for $70 with free shipping. Features SSD-like performance with 1TB hard drive capacity, Adaptive Memory technology to optimize performance, and measures just 9.5mm thick.
$80 Retail: $150

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    skimming Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 8:23 pm PST 11/10/14

    How much of it is SSD?

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    PsychomaInc Ben's cred: 18
    Posted 8:35 pm PST 11/10/14

    After looking at Seagates website, the data sheet for this model says "Boots and performs like an SSD." So I'm wondering if it's just a normal HD that's noticeably faster? For sale on Seagates website for $99.99.

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    macgyversite Ben's cred: 28
    Posted 10:13 pm PST 11/10/14

    Just get a small SSD and a 1TB hard drive. Way better off. But not a bad deal anyway.

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    btc909 Ben's cred: 460
    Posted 10:13 pm PST 11/10/14

    Waste of time. The SSD portion is laughable and Seagate doesn't make a 7200RPM Hybrid drive anymore. Seagate isn't forthcoming with specs on these either.

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    AusTxDealSeeker Ben's cred: 12
    Posted 11:32 pm PST 11/10/14

    Features SSD-like performance ....

    Yeah, it's like an SSD in that you can put data on it and then get the data back off of it. Other than that, it's a flippin' hard drive.

    What a load of hogwash.

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    pkn Ben's cred: 38
    Posted 3:48 am PST 11/11/14

    skimming wrote:
    How much of it is SSD?

    8GB of MLC NAND Flash.

    From personal experience: with Windowz, which is not very smart at caching, you might (barely) see some improvement over regular HDD. WIth Linux, which routinely uses available RAM for caching HDD IO, you probably wouldn't see any difference at all.

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    SBMongoos Ben's cred: 19
    Posted 7:55 am PST 11/11/14

    I've had a 500Gb version of this and definitely like it. It is faster than a usual 7200RPM. The 8Gb of NAND builds a table of apps you use frequently so they will open quicker/run faster. This is the case for booting up also that I've found. I also found that when you defrag that the NAND table (a table that the NAND uses for commonly used apps) gets wiped out and it can take a week or two (may less, depends on how much you use your PC) to rebuild the table. So you will see a speed drop and then it will pick up again. Not sure if more current defrag tools leave this table alone now or not.

    From my research not long ago the 1TB hybrid is 7200RPM. This does drop to 5400RPM the bigger you go.

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    Agent Ben's cred: 186
    Posted 3:25 pm PST 11/11/14

    There's still the issue of heat generated from spinning platters compared to Solid States (running cooler), and battery life.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3860
    Posted 3:40 pm PST 11/11/14

    It's simple, If you want better performance than a standard 7K2 RPM HDD for "typical" (repetitive) uses but still need a lot of storage for movies or games, you save a lot of money over buying a 1TB SSD.

    Battery life from 5K4 RPM 2.5" HDD isn't much different than a SSD as % of total system power consumption. In scenarios where the performance matters you have at least CPU and/or GPU load, and of course the screen.

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