Sure it is a new form factor, but we are basically talking about laptop parts here. The laptop I referenced had a 500Mb hard drive. Granted, it is not SSD, but I am sure a standard laptop hard drive could keep up with my htpc needs. The largest mSATA SSD I could find was 240Mb. In addition to installed programs I use the hard drive to store audio and video (fancy that). I have a year old laptop that is doing quite well at it presently. I am with ya on hoping that the price comes down. These would make excellent HTPCs especially for bedrooms if the price was right. But at the current price, using a laptop as a HTPC makes more sense because it is much more versitile. With one of these your basically getting a laptop CPU and motherboard and not much more, so $300 is pretty darn spendy.