I was considering upgrading a hard drive in a HP ENVY, 16GB RAM, I7 4th gen processor running Windows 8.1. Either of these two drives would blow away the existing drive in my machine. Everyone seems "hot" on the Seagate SSHD ST1000LM014 which is a 5,400 RPM 1TB drive that benefits considerably from 8GB of NAND solid state memory that learns what you do most often and stores this data in the NAND. On repetitive tasks it apparently dramatically reduces boot time and opening commonly used applications. But once you fill it up and run out of the solid state memory its performance seems typical to other 5,400 RPM drives. Windows 8.1 boots so fast compared older versions there's not too much to save.
On the other hand there is the older Travelstar 7K1000 1TB drive that came out earlier last year. It boasts a 7,200 RPM drive that always spins faster that puts it at a nice advantage when the the Seagate is runnning on it's 5,400 RPM HD.
Four years ago I bought a laptop that came with a 7,200 RPM drive. The drive was noticeably faster than the 5,400 RPM drives at that time. I appreciated that every day I used that machine and never regretted the extra bucks for the faster drive. Over 4 years that's a lot of time saved.
So is performance of the SSHD Seagate really going to beat the 7,200 Travelstar on a day to day basis for the average home user. I would expect the Travelerstar to be considerably faster than the Seagate for things like backing up your HD, virus and malware scans but repetitive tasks put the nod to the Seagate. I do run some Photoshop like software that uses lots of resources but this is just a hobby and not done daily.
I would love to hear some feedback from some of you that have way more knowledge than I do. Right now I am leaning toward the Travelerstar and am not sure if I am making a mistake I will regret. Your opinions are respectfully appreciated!