Recently the hard drive on my laptop started reporting bad clusters, I could sense the end was near so I did some research for a new hard drive. I really wanted to splurge and go with a traditional SSD, but I need a lot of space for all of the .iso images I like to carry with me. I think I found the best of both worlds: The Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid. This drive comes with a 4GB flash drive component along with a traditional hard drive platter, which gives me 500GB of space. The flash part is nice, it uses an adaptive memory technology that keeps track of the most recently used programs and files and stores them in flash. The standard SATA drive part, spins at 7200RPM and functions like any other hard drive.
The price may be a little high, but I think the performance bump is worth it. When SSD prices come down for capacities over 256GB, then I'm sure I will make the jump to a traditional SSD. In the meantime, I'm happy!