Despite the benchmark scores, I still see hybrid drives as an undesireable gimmick. Go pure SSD or stay with a normal hard drive. I'm planning to put a 120 GB Vertex 3 and a pair of 1 TB Seagates in my next gaming PC build.
Criminy guys, most of you are totally missing the point of the article.
If you can only fit a SINGLE hard drive in a system, and you're limited to the 2.5" form factor (which is the case with laptops, some SFF systems, etc), then this drive is a breakthrough and certainly worth the money when your data footprint exceeds what an SSD can provide.
Yes, cost should only be compared to current prices on models, in which case, yes, there's definitely a price premium over the $140 500GB Seagate hybrid, but this does offer an increased SSD cache and the extra 250GB usable space. If you have 501GB of data and need it mobile, this just created a viable option where none existed.
"Oh, that doesn't compare to my RAID5 SSD array in speed or" jesus christ shut up. :P
600GB SATA3 2.5" Velociraptor for reference
Eh, the VR will have its own downsides (temps, power usage, increased cost).
Maybe 2 in RAID0 for an HTPC would be a good useage too!
Without looking up specs, I'm guessing the 10k drive uses more power, too. Maybe it'd drain the battery before it melted the chassis of my chic plastique laptop.
next time buy a mac pro
$259 on newegg o.O