Conventional wisdom says that solid state drives (SSDs) should have lower failure rates than their mechanical counterparts simply because SSDs lack moving parts. Sadly, it seems that theory and reality have clashed once again:
“A large computer manufacturer is getting around 20 percent to 30 percent of the flash-based notebooks it is shipping sent back because of failure rates and performance that simply isn't meeting customer expectations, the firm stated in a report on Monday. Avian gathered this information on a recent swing through Asia.
Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the flash notebooks shipping from the large manufacturer are coming back because of technical failure, (Avi) Cohen (of Avian Securities) said, far higher than the 1 percent to 2 percent of notebooks that come back because of technical failure with hard drives.”
Since this study only concerns products from a single company, it is entirely possible that they're placing orders from a limited number of SSD manufacturers. As a result this could simply be a 'bad batch' or the result of an immature manufacturing process and/or QA procedures that need to be updated.