Originally Posted by jetfixr
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.
What laptop parts fit into a case this small? Not many... so no, it's not only Laptop parts, it's laptop parts squeezed into a smaller form factor yet again.
Also, you can't complain about mSATA and then compare it to 500GB mechanical hard drives. Nobody buys this device to store media on it, that's what NAS/Servers are for. The mSATA only needs to be large enough to hold the OS + codecs + applications. 64GB can do it, and 128GB is reasonably priced if you want it... there are 480GB mSATA SSDs released as well, check the tech websites.
As for versatility, you miss the entire point of this device. I can make phone calls from my tablet, it comes with a bigger higher res screen, more storage, and it has a bigger battery but I still prefer to carry my phone. If you can't see the point of this device, then it simply isn't for you, and that is perfectly fine. One day it might get down to a price point where you might see a point in this device. But everything has to start somewhere, witness contemporary touch screen only tablets... they are everywhere, and yet when they first came out, most people did not see the value in them.