This is an impressive drive, and would make a huge improvement to any laptop’s performance, as well as desktops.
The price is not right. This is the future replacement for HD’s.
This is cutting edge performance, so high price is expected for a while. But I agree that at current prices the VelociRaptor is a better choice when it’s available in a 2.5" format. But for high I-O applications, nothing even comes close to this drive’s performance at any price.
$949 at newegg.com seems to the the lowest in the US market.