It's an older thread I'm bringing back to life, but I'm also considering an E530 with hybrid drive (I liked this model, only discovered recently it had a hybrid drive).
I would however not be running Win8, which comes preinstalled, but use the laptop exclusively for different flavours of linux.

How would this kind of drive behave with a dual boot setup, say with Xubuntu and Linux Mint ? Would both distros be able to benefit from the SSD caching ? Or would this only work with Windows ?