Summary: While this drive may not have the specs of a good SSD, in the real world (biz apps, light gaming) it's tough to tell the difference. Boot and load time is virtually the same as a major brand SSD I'm also running from time to time. I really have to look to see which drive I'm booting from. Very pleased with the performance and value. Running 8.1 with an Asus Z87-a and Haswell cpu.
Summary: I found that while I was installing my OS on this, and after, that the drive stayed for long periods of time pegged at 100% usage which basically brought my machine to a crawl. CPU usage was very low (below 10%) indicating that either the bus or the drive was the bottleneck. But, my machine is a top of the line Lenovo workstation with SATAIII, so seriously underperformed per my expectations.
Pros: okay, I was somewhat skeptical that the SSHD would perform on the level of an SSD as advertised, but I'm surprised to say it boots up Windows 7 quicker every time i turn the computer on. the beauty of the SSHD is not lost to advertising and cheap parts. it is a very well made and very impressive piece of hardware.
Summary: Drive arrived in one piece and installed easily. the install time was very fast compared to the others I have done using normal drives. the boot time for my gamer from button on to online is 22 seconds now which is a full minute faster than before.
Pros: Have been using 2.5 laptop version to bring laptops back to life. It is about time a desktop was released to do the same thing. Although I mostly still use this in Older XP Systems I have been very happy with it's transparent installation.
Cons: This is the first 3.5 Hybrid I have bought after Many 2.5 Hybrids so too soon to tell if it is as good.