It used to be cost-prohibitive to purchase an SSD (Solid State Disk), but with recent innovations and an increase in production, it is finally a viable (and valuable) upgrade. An SSD can provide numerous benefits, not the least of which being speed. Since SSDs have no moving parts, they operate on a near zero-latency basis. This means instant response when you click an icon, open a program, or copy data. They are also capable of higher data transfer speeds—meaning less waiting across the board, from startup to shutdown and everything in between. SSDs are highly shock-resistant, which makes them ideal for use in laptops, where mechanical hard disk failure is a common problem due to mobility. SSDs are much more efficient as well, leading to increased battery life and less heat production. Since they still cost more and have less capacity than their traditional counterparts, it’s best to use an SSD as a system drive with a second traditional drive for storage.
Don’t just go out and buy any SSD and put it in your system however, since a low quality product will cost too much and provide little performance gain. A bit of research pays off; Intel and Kingston make top-tier SSDs, and anything containing the SandForce controllers (Corsair, for example) will operate at very capable speeds. As of this writing, ComputeRx uses the Kingston enterprise line of SSDs, as we’ve installed over a thousand of them in systems since 2011 without a single failure. The KC100 and KC300 series are the most reliable drives we’ve tested, and have speed to match any other drives on the market. The cost for a 120GB drive comes in at less than $100, and will provide a productivity increase (think; all of your employees have computers that wait on them, rather than the other way round!) that will pay for itself very quickly.
The only real downside to an SSD-equipped computer is that you’ll find your patience level with non-SSD equipped computers will plummet. Fortunately, any standard hard disk drive can be replaced easily with an SSD to realize incredible performance gains.