Editorial - State of the Portable Storage Market

Started May 26, 2004 | Discussions thread
BJN Veteran Member • Posts: 5,075

Don't make the mistake of comparing a product made in relatively small numbers to a high volume product's features and pricing. PSDs don't sell in anything like the numbers laptops, iPods and PDAs do, so the components will cost more as will other aspects of bringing the product to market.

Solid construction doesn't have to be tanklike, but good engineering and custom case design costs more than quick and dirty packaging we see in stuff like the Vosonic products. It apparently costs more to have an engineer think about recessing the power-on switch along with other seemingly obvious details.

Folks who insist on having image playback capability ensure they'll pay more for PSDs that are more fragile and bulky. Sony's new device has no LCD at all. If it's reliable, cheap, small and rugged that's all many of us really need.

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