@trevorgoodchild a hybrid hard drive only improves performance over a standard spinning hard drive by incorporating a multi-GB flash memory cache. But it's still significantly slower than a proper SSD where everything is stored in flash memory rather than only a few GB being cached there. That said, 5-7 minutes to boot seems incredibly long, but of course that depends on the applications and services you've installed. If you just had Windows and your baseline drivers installed, it wouldn't take anywhere near that long to boot, in which case the long boot time would be attributable to things you've chosen to add on top of that.
Of course performance is going be bad with a standard hard disk of any kind. What you should have said is don't buy any laptop that doesn't have an SSD.