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binary visions wrote:
Actually, customization on fairly small consumer electronics like this is pretty complex. There are a whole lot of factors to consider. Just to name a few: swappable modules inevitably increase the size overall item; it's much more expensive to build, especially when you consider that it reduces the bulk ordering options that the manufacturer has (e.g. they can't order ten million of one size buffer memory chips); it vastly complicates the stocking and inventorying with additional saleable part numbers (again, increasing cost); it substantially complicates the testing process since they have potentially dozens of configurations to test (again, increasing...Show more →
Good points, although I'm equally critical of moves by Apple, et al., to solder RAM and other components to the motherboard. I value performance and upgradeability in my laptop more than super-smallness. Lots of folks disagree, and that's fine.
When talking about cost, though, we need to factor in the cost of having to invest in a second, incompatible flash memory format when most pros are already heavily invested in -- and satisfied with -- CompactFlash.