[quote]Quote from Neil on December 18, 2011, 17:46
[quote]I\'m quite surprised that someone thought \"we could do that, better and cheaper\" which appears to be the aim. The Raspi is cut down to the bone, pricewise, in the market, at the moment.[/quote]
The Raspi could be made cheaper IF it was manufactured in China in larger volumes. Really, 10k units is small, so you\'re not going to get as good a price for components and PCB as if you were making 100k or 1M units. And manufacturing in the UK is more expensive than China. BUT... then you need to come up with 10x or 100x the initial cash outlay.
So yes, Iomega can make net devices for less, with cases, PSUs and boxes. But they will be making them in the 100k or larger batches, with thinner PCBs and smaller passive components, and manufactured in China. If you have a couple of $M going spare you could also achieve those kinds of prices!!
For what it is, for where it is made, and for its ethics, I think the Raspi is a clear winner.
Very true, but I wouldn\'t want to be the one coughing all that dosh in the hope they all sell......!!
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