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A buddy of mine is buying a laptop and wanted to know if they have issues long term or not, I've read mixed things and figured I'd talk to the people who know this stuff in and out.

So what do you guys think?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-592-_-Product

Or should he just go SSD?
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I've been wanting an SSD for my laptop but am having a hard time coughing up $200+ for a 120gb SSD so have done a little looking at the Momentus XT.

From what I've read, if you do the same things over and over with your computer, it learns to predict those things and stores frequently used apps on the SSD portion while storing everything else on the platters. This allows for fast boots and such but doesn't give you any increased speed if you do different things that aren't on the SSD portion. Also, all writes go directly to the platters so writes aren't any faster than any other hard drive.

While I haven't used one, I get the feeling that the Hybrid drive is really not much faster than a regular HDD except in specific limited situations. It seems like they're good for the price, but not much of an upgrade. So I'm going to just hold off until I can save up for an Intel G2 120GB SSD (or G3 depending on when they're released). If speed is what you're after, a regular SSD is probably the way to go.

Edit: Here's a pretty good thread: http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...mentus-xt.html
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