The Hitachi 7K500 is able to break the 100MB/s mark and has a few feathers in its cap on the technology side, but the competition's headdress looks like something an Indian chief would wear in ceremony. With 250GB platters spinning at 7,200 RPMs and a 16MB buffer the 7K500 is definitely fast, but Seagate's new Momentus XT is a hard act to follow with its hybrid SSD design.
When it comes to pricing, Hitachi's 7K500 is available at Newegg at the time of writing for 64.99 after a 10 Dollar MIR. To put the Seagate vs. Hitachi battle in perspective on price, the Momentus XT is available at Newegg for 109.99. The Seagate 7200.4 that we also listed in the performance tests lists at Newegg for 69.99, 5 Dollars more than the Hitachi 7K500, but the Hitachi proved to be a much faster drive in nearly all of our tests. The Hitachi 7K500 is priced as a mainstream product, but delivers performance found only in the high end of the market.
Once you put together the performance with the price, the term value really comes to mind. The Hitachi 7K500 is a real value that enhances the user experience while allowing you to keep some money in your pocket.