Tuesday, October 11, 2005

DIY Notebooks?

I'm curious about something: the Small Form Factor (SFF) market exploded incredibly fast during 2003-4, and has seen an equally fast cool down. Where do you see the SFF market next year? Three years from now? Which direction do SFF manufacturers go to keep pushing the profit and innovation envelope? What sort of new innovations can they develop - smaller, bigger, or more standardized boxes? Perhaps new spin-off products and accessories to further explore the SFF or peripheral markets?

The answer may be in the DIY Notebook market. With a combination of today's mobile technology and performance, laptops are becoming the majority of computers in the marketplace. It is gradually becoming realistic to custom configure your own notebook, and it’s been a long time coming; building one’s own notebook offers one of the few remaining “new frontiers” for enthusiasts.

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