I am considering purchasing the Origin PC EON 11-S Pro laptop. It will be mounted to my wheelchair, so a solid-state drive (Intel 520 Series) will be used to eliminate any data loss due to low level physical shock. Although the device will be with me most of the time, I would like to drive to be encrypted for numerous reasons. However, I am concerned that an improper software-based encryption scheme may damage or otherwise degrade the performance of the (rather expensive) SSD to unacceptable levels.
Is TrueCrypt a reasonable solution with this particular model of SSD? Would bit locker be a more stable solution? This related question and answer is a bit broader than what I'm asking, but it was still helpful.
Note: I am aware that this particular SSD automatically implements hardware-based encryption, however I'm uncertain whether the laptop's BIOS supports setting the ATA password or "drive password". Additionally, concerns have been raised as to whether this method is as secure as a software-based solution.