One of the things that interested me about the Mac Book Air with the solid state drive was the hope that it might give better performance than a standard HDD and even better battery life.
According to this review from Ars Technica, the performance gains mixed:
[T]he summary is: the SSD does worse in sequential disk tests and writing in general, but spanks the HDD in random disk tests and reading from the disk.From No spin: Ars reviews the MacBook Air with solid state drive
Referenced Wed Feb 06 2008 20:58:53 GMT-0700 (MST)
What does that translate into?
- Booting is no faster
- Exporting a Quicktime movie is slower
- Building software is faster
- Unzipping an archive is faster
Most applications won't seem much different. In short: don't spend the $1300 in hopes of getting increased performance. You won't see much.