After several years of working with furniture makers and wood carvers on occasional projects, Truvia founder John Wojewidka decided there was a need for a systematic approach to custom-made desks that carefully conceal a high-end PC. The movement has attracted interest from companies such as Microsoft that are looking to popularize PCs as living-room objects.
For those who may find a $55,000 price tag a bit steep, Gatewayunder its eMachines brand, including one with a DVD burner and the low-end price tag of $499 after a $50 rebate. With the eMachines line, Gateway is hoping to gain market share with rock-bottom retail buyers.
Gateway isn't alone. Hewlett-Packard now lets customers upgrade CD-ROM drives to DVD drives for free on HPshopping.com. Last summer, PCs with DVD burners typically sold in the $600 to $700 range.
And while prices keep decreasing, the shrinking sizes of hard drives have just about bottomed out. Disk drive companies say there's--the silver disks that spin around and hold data.
The problem is that reducing the diameter of a drive platter greatly reduces the surface area for storing data. And less available storage space makes it more difficult for drives to distinguish themselves against flash memory.