In With The New
Despite the low write speeds of many solid-state drives, the performance of solid-state disks is still very good. The largest advantage is in random access scenarios. This proves useful when first opening a program. It will load quicker, resulting in a snappier feel. The best solid state drives are also quite competent in straight file copy drag races.
Performance, however, is the least of the reasons to make the switch. Practicality can be just as important, and in comparison to mechanical hard drives, solid-state disks offer a number of perks.
Even the cheapest solid state drives still cost around $200 dollars for 80GB, so price isn't that perk. However, because laptops take a lot of punishment, the lack of moving parts among solid-state disks is important. Mechanical drives in hard disks stand a chance of being damaged whenever the laptop is suddenly and rapidly moved, or even if the laptop is picked up by an edge, allowing the chassis of the laptop to flex. Because of this, many laptops now include anti-shock features which halt mechanical drives when they detect that the laptop is being moved. These protections help, but they also cause the entire laptop to freeze momentarily, which can be an annoyance. With a solid state hard drive, you can deactivate the feature without worry.
Power consumption is also much lower with solid-state hard drives. Samsung solid state disks, for example, typically use a fourth of the power of Samsung mechanical drives. This means your battery will last longer. Noise and vibration are nearly non-existent, as well, which is great for people who bring their laptops to classrooms and meetings.