For the past two years I have been using Intel G2 SSDs on two desktops (80 GB and 120 GB) and are very pleased with them. The apparent increase in performance is so great with these machines that I will no longer build a machine without an SSD
as the primary drive. 18 seconds from "Starting Windows" to a stable desktop testifies to the outstanding performance SSDs are capable of. I purchased the 80 GB G2 in 11/09, it gets used daily, and I have not yet seen (noticed) any performance decrease. I am obviously sold on SSDs.
I certainly do condemn Dell because they sold me a product with an unreasonably short useful life expectancy. Yes, in retrospect, had I known then what I know now I would not have purchased any SSD
product without some sort of garbage collection. Since computers are not my profession, I have to depend on the integrity of the manufacturer to sell me a product that will not degrade in performance in just a matter of months and then be effectively unrepairable unless a new SSD
is purchased, at a cost approaching that of the brand new laptop. With respect to the Mini 9, I knew nothing about SSDs when I purchased it other than Dell was marketing it in a mass produced product. That instilled a level of trust in purchasing it. Dell really blew it with the Mini 9 because I cannot afford to waste $200 every six months or so on a laptop and will no longer trust them to sell me a product that does not have a significant latent defect.