"But in the end is there a sufficient speed increase to make it worthwhile? Or does this fall into the "everyone has one so we need one" category?"
this falls into the 32 bit is being abandoned since 2003 category
also 64 bit supports 4+ gs of ram natively
it is something that we should have and eventually most of us will use only, similar to what happened to 16 bit os, ended abandoned and only some tools survived on DOS
i am using it as my main os right now in my laptop, my desktop won't work with the video card damaged under linux so i only use netbook
the only problem i see is that it seems to use more ram and i only have 1 gb so swap is being used
the bright side is that i can hibernate and suspend to disk with it(i never trust in those options in any os existent, including linux), 32 bit update couldn't
what i haven't been able to fix is the video problem asking me screen resolution i mentioned earlier