After going through this on a big batch of HP laptops at work. Even an SSHD is great. from 1TB 5400rpm to 1tb sshd 5400 rpm and 8gb cache, the difference is night and day. Comparing the sshd to the ssd's in our desktops is surprisingly close too. Great boot speeds, fast opening and very smooth. Dont have any similar hardware with a 7200 rpm boot drive to compare to though. If your choice is a pure spinning disk or an sshd for a handful of dollars more, I would grab the sshd any day.