|You should be best taking the disk image directly from the laptop to the SSD and then swapping it out. The back up section of Windows should be able to handle this, but Acronis absolutely should. If it gives you any trouble, shrink the existing partition on the original drive and try it again, but if the boot partition is a separate small 'hidden' partition, you will need to take that also, or you will need to do a start up repair on the SSD drive before you can use it. As far as I know, most SSD's as well as most hard drives purchased separately either include the software to clone the drive, or it is available for download from them and an SSD drive should definitely include the instructions for doing this from a larger drive to a smaller drive.|
A complete new installation of Windows, or a reinstall from recovery disks would be slightly better, especially if you have had any problems with the system, but more work to get it set up as you like it though.
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.