Quote: Originally Posted by whs
Is that a refurb - I thought they don't make that model any more.
They still do...kindasorta. The ones that are being sold now are a 5400 rpm drive instead of 7200 rpm as they used to be. The newer models have been getting pretty good reviews.
Coincidentally, I just installed one in my Lenovo G570 notebook yesterday (it replaced a 5400 rpm HDD). While it takes as many as fifteen restarts before the SSHD is "trained" to boot faster, even after four restarts, my two slowest programs to start up, calibre and Media Monkey (both access huge databases), were starting up almost as fast as they do on the SSD in my desktop rig. The SSHD hasn't had enough time to get "trained" for faster boots but, since I'm thrilled that those two programs open so quickly now, I'll probably just let it get "trained" over normal startups.
Even a 128GB SSD is going to cost almost twice as much as the 500GB SSHD.
Of course, an SSD would be much faster but I just couldn't justify spending $110 more than I spent on the notebook for a 512GB SSD and 256GB was cutting it a bit close for my needs (and still would have cost more than I could justify for that machine). I caught the SSHD on sale for 1/7 of what the equivalent SSD would have cost, which is plenty for a computer that gets only a few times a year (generally, only when I'm on the road).