I think there's often a lot of miss-conception about what a decent modern average and above average consumer class SSD's can actually do in terms of speed which to a large degree is understandable given the terrible general consumer experience they produced when looking at early netbooks that were supplied with OEM SSD's and had below average performance (even against regular mechanical spinning platter hard drives) with relatively small capacities that weren't really up to doing anything useful except allow for reasonably competent internet browsing, Skype cam chat and YouTube on a netbook. Add to that all the variants of SSD's that were out there with no clear path to acquiring a decent performing SSD in a way that general consumers could grasp or even get an affordable SSD in their machine that they knew would reliably work generally made it even more difficult to get the wheels turning for any kind of push for a more simplified streamlined standard to make purchasing reliable SSD's much more easier and cheaper, which I've seen happen many times with other IT technologies/standards as they caught on causing them to seemingly accelerate the technology maturing process even more rapidly then many experts and pundits in their field had even expected.

 
 
SSD's to my mind are one of those technologies that has defied this common trend that I'd been more accustomed to and has certainly taken a lot longer then many other types of standards within the IT market to actually mature into something that consumers could actually afford let alone confidently go out and buy without having to worry about the mine field of reliability issues as far as it being a consumer product was concerned. I'm inclined to think that this has mainly in part been down to the fact that the life cycle of mechanical spinning platter hard drives as a product was or rather is still being flogged like a weary animal in order to get the maximum amount of millage out of it. Not to mention many of the largest reputable spinning platter hard drive manufacturers don't actually appear to have moved over to the production of SSD's under their current brand names in any overly obvious way. Then there's the fact that the memory chip semi conductor production is a very different technology segment from the production of mechanical hard drives as far as the storage methods and actual manufacturing process is concerned. The slight exception there might be Seagate who do actually produce hybrid SSD/mechanical spinning platter hard drives but even then it could be merely seen as a regular mechanical hard drive but equipped with a massive 4GB of drive cache instead of the more regular standards of 8MB or 16MB ( and possibly 32MB for larger capacity mechanical hard drives over a 2 terabytes of storage capacity).




It's usually like some sort of rocket propelled craft in space unhindered by many of the conventional laws of thermal dynamics that act on terrestrial aircraft (… but seemingly not so with SSD's)


 
There's only one other manufacturer that comes to my mind that probably won't have any problems with any kind of major transition from HHD's to SSD's in terms of any potential unexpected rapid mainstream adoption of SSD's  (probably a couple of others too) as they make no apologies for the fact that they're very enthusiastic about their commercial solid state storage solutions for general consumers having already been long time manufacturers of very reliable and trusted brand memory modules.  Their name is often referenced as a trusted memory solution for  OEM solution as well as post sales upgrade and maintenance options. Despite this they don't necessarily have  the best performing mainstream consumer class SSD's compared to other consumer class performance orientated SSD brands, but they have been very persistent in the production of SSD's for the consumer market since the early days of SSD availability to the general consumer even if it did come at a significantly higher premium. This also means they won't necessarily need to refit and retool their production lines for any change in production either as they already have the equipment for the mass production of SSD's. Also given that the SSD thing has been around on the consumer arena for nearly eight years now having had a good 6 years to become acquainted with the general consumer market I can't imagine it’s the potential lack of projected adoption that was necessarily holding up the typical accelerated commercial IT maturing process partly for the reasons stated before. Eight to nine years is most certainly long time for consumer available  IT technology adoption for this type of technology. If it was left to how things more predicatively go in IT beyond all the politics I reckon SSD's would have went mainstream a long time ago with vastly cheaper prices today. In a kind of "by the way" kind of way  (but contextually is in fact actually a lot more important) they also have a well recognised name in the production of more conventional mechanical spinning platter hard drives too. More namely Samsung is hardly a name to be scoffed at but it even seems that they're not immune to the same kinds of artificial speed bumps put in place. 





Addressing the miss-conception

Generally many of today's current generation mid range SSD's will significantly and reliably out perform a 7200RPM mechanical spinning platter hard drive equipped with 16MB of cache by a huge margin.  I use a hybrid SSD/HHD which uses 4GB of cache for a 7200RPM 2.5 inch mechanical spinning platter hard drive and I'd certainly say it sped my whole system up beyond anything I expected, in fact It's actually faster then a desktop 3.5 inch 10,000RPM raptor hard drive often used in desktop gaming systems and does actually out perform it by a significantly huge margin. A current generation mid range full SSD storage device will obviously go even faster then the hybrid SSD solution. 

A decent current generation mid range SSD will in fact speed a machine up more so then a system memory upgrade would and in a fair few general user system scenario even more so then a CPU upgrade would. 




Plenty more life in your netbook or laptop yet 

It might be the case that you have a netbook with a fixed ATOM based CPU that isn't upgradable. But then with the price of single stick 4GB DDR2 667MHz (and 800MHz)  and DDR3 1066MHz (and 1333MHz) laptop memory modules dropping like crazy and the more recent availability of much faster and reliable mini PCIe SSD's in denominations of 64GB and 80GB for under $130 dollars you wouldn't necessarily need to buy a new machine for a significant increase in speed/performance (potentially out performing newer systems by a huge margin) or an ATOM based ITX system. Especially when your netbook will obviously have a bunch of USB ports for any kind of external HID you want to use with it and it also has its own display out port for a larger external display. 




It could potentially outlive the computer that it's being using in as well as its owner

There's also the fact that SSD's will in fact last a lot longer then a regular mechanical hard drive in terms of life cycle as a piece of functional hardware. Standard rating place SSD's as being able to operate for around 1.2 million hours before failure under optimum conditions. How does this look in years? That's roughly 132 years of operation before failure (under optimum conditions) which means in some cases of lighter patterns of usage could mean beyond 150 years without having to replace it! Is it even possible to produce a whole computer that would stay functional for a 132 years or more??! 




Things to consider before rushing out to buy one and ending up with something you can't actually use

 

Not all netbooks and laptops will have mini PCIe slots that are capable of supporting a mini PCIe SSD storage device. It's not simply just a case of removing the mini PCIe WI-Fi or Bluetooth card from your machine and replacing it with the mini PCIe SSD as the SSD won't work in those particular mini PCIe slots despite being the correct type of slot. However the chances are if your system is currently using a mini PCIe slot for an SSD it will work with that without issue, say if you wanted to upgrade your current SSD to a faster SSD with a larger capacity. There will obviously also be some laptop and netbook systems that will have a spare unused PCIe slot that is specifically for use with a mini PCIe SSD storage device but its always a good idea to check and make sure before buying. Alternately there's always the option to buy a  2.5 inch SATAII SSD as a more conventional solution that covers many more systems. After saying all that it'd kind of be an anti-climax if I didn't make a few recommendations so hopefully I'll be able to pitch a few pointers toward the least fussy, most reliable  and most affordable current generation mini PCIe SSD's after some research having been following the seemingly general slow pace of consumer market adoption of SSD's.