Solid State Disks: Spolsky explains why solid-state drives (SSDs) are the new hotness. Looks like this is the next major revolution in personal computer hardware.
I did a little bit of benchmarking… don’t take these numbers too seriously since I didn’t run many tests and it’s hard to get everything right. Boot time dropped from 2:11 to 0:34. That’s from a cold boot to launching Firefox and navigating to google.com. Launching 6 major applications went from about 20 seconds to about 10 seconds. In general, the fact that app launching is so much faster makes a huge difference and it was totally worth it. This little laptop is now the fastest computer I’ve ever used.
The drawback? His 160GB SSD was $760.