Solid State Drives: Fast, Rugged, and Really Expensive

Are solid state drives becoming a reality? Loyd Case over at ExtremeTech published an article this morning concerning the current state of SSD with a comparison between a Samsung 64GB SATA and a Super Talent 32GB SATA. While they showed impressive speed rates when placed against a hard disk drive, the occasional sporadic statistic (and high cost) indicate they're not quite ready for the mainstream. Regardless, Dell and Alienware have been shipping laptops with SSDs for months now. Does anyone have any first-hand, practical experience with SSD? Is it all that and a bag of chips?

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