Lob0426 wrote:Will be shipped out of china(claiming $10 airmail and $25 FedEx). Like just about everything else electronic these days.
Hmmm, I can think of a unit which is (now) made in a Western country and ships for less, to many of us at least. Do you know which one I'm talking about?
Yes. I think I do; I have four of them with 3 more on the way. Might that be what you are referring too! I bought them from Farnell, so hopefully they will be western country produced! Of course the company that is producing those is own by interests out of Japan!
There have been a lot of requests, by forum members, for some of the features that are on this board. The original 400,000 or so of production for the above un-named boards was also from china. And though they are now being produced in a western country it just is not far enough west yet. The "Alphas" were actually produced far enough west, but only 50 were made.
I really would like to see everything made as far west as the Alpha's were, but big business wants everything dirt cheap on their end so they can rake in the profits. I also would like customer service that I could understand at least every other word.
Case in point; Intel, Far West manufacturer, well somewhat, the actuall "chip" is made here, due to federal technology laws. But it is placed in its pin package and packaged for sale in malaysia. Then it is returned here for sale. GM; The wiring is made in mexico, the lighting is made in Japan mostly and there is a lot more that is imported, only about 70% is made here. It is billed as made in far western but it really is not 100% made here. Ford and Chrysler products are much the same.
These cubieboards boards will eventually be put up for mass sale to vendors in many countries, if they are a successful product. The price is right and the features that many are looking for are there.
I am hopefull that some far western manufacturer will jump on the "inexpensive ARM" bandwagon.