I still like them and use them for cheaper things. I put in a small SSD into my HTPC as I do not store what I watch... I delete it after watching.
And I like to keep a small HD in my computer that I use for the OS and installed programs, and a larger one for all the other files.
I also used to keep a third small one in my previous PC which I only used for school/work documents... decreases the failure by not mixing it with all the other files that constantly read/write over the bigger HD. (it lasted me 7 years without a single corruption and still working! Thought a bit slowly now.... I use it as a secondary backup for just in case these days.)