I note this debate has been raging for a while and its been a ping pong from one extreme point of view to the other...
The thing is gentlemen like most things in life it boils down to personal preference, from make, model, colour and options
it is down to individual choice/taste.
If a person feels VSS makes the drive that much more beneficial in enriching the drive then so be it..either way at a cost of £250 its not going to break the bank, IMHO even if it is a slight improvement on the standard then its money well spent.
I am sure we could debate about a raft of choices/options which could be classed as gimmicks and a waste of money, but if in some way you feel that it has benefited you in some way then it was money you earned spent well.
The truth of it is we are not making an investment here for a return, its about improving the quality of life before the grim reaper comes a calling..