jamesh wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:29 am
PoE , no transformer small enough to fit in the case.(Note, I never mentioned PoE in my post)
Audio jack - no room on back of case (also not mentioned in my post)
Of course, if it doesn't suit your use case, that's fine, use something else.
If CM4 based solution is really out of target price, forget it... But if this may have been done close to 100$ with CM4 included & possible M.2 user added storage I'm quite sure of the success, even at current SoC frequencies as running fast between two SD storage red lights in many desktop use cases is IMO not very useful. Such device may just replace many never moved basic laptops users lacking space buy for their small size!
Looking at some very small ip cameras (and switches that can be cascaded this way using a single cable) that can be PoE powered (have a look at Dahua IPC-HUM4231 for instance, that's a very very small & feature loaded case, with PoE) & not HW specialist, I did not expected a technical issue. But PI4 is more power hungry...
For audio jack, that's really small and adding a few millimeters in the design would not have been a deal breaker for most customers I presume. Many ways to cope with this, indeed, but with an added cost (monitor with sound output or BT headphones to avoid using all available USB) on the whole system bill.