Summary: It's a hard drive and 30 days later it hasn't failed. That's good, but nothing to write home about. As for the performance of the drive, most of the time it is identical to a regular 7200 RPM HDD with no SSD component. I believe this is probably due to the fact that the SSD component is sized too small to provide a more significant - and more persistent - performance boost.
Summary: Warning!!!! If you use Adobe or any other Graphic design program do not use this type of Hard Drive. You need to read Adobes forums on HDs and what they have found with even SSDs. This was one of the worst HDs I have ever used and wont be using a Seagate again, I am actually liking the longevity of my WD caviar blacks.
Summary: Noy as expensive as an SSD and having almost 85% of its speed, as long as they dont get cheaper, Hybrid disks are the perfect balance on speed and space. IF you have the money go for an SSD, if you need lots of space go for HDD. One tip: start making less space and moving your documents to the cloud as the future looks small in space in exchange of speed.
Pros: Got it on discount. Works like new. Boots fast.
Cons: I was somewhat afraid to purchase a refurbished HDD in the event something got messed up and was unnoticed i didn't want to deal with the return process, but I could not beat the price. Works great thus far.
Summary: If you can get the drive on sale for under $70 like I did, than it is well worth the investment, however any higher and I would've gone to a new drive vs. this recertified one.
Pros: The small bit of flash memory integrated into this drive greatly decreased my windows boot time. Also my two most used programs(Aurora and Outlook) load faster. A SMART check shows that there are no issues with the drive even after a month of ownership. I got this thing on sale here for a stupidly low price, and couldn't be happier.
Cons: None thus far, however it is a refurbished drive so I'm always nervous about it failing.