The problem with laptops has, at least in recent years, been one of expandability. Once you buy a machine, you’re generally stuck with it, unless you’re willing to take it apart with repairs that have more in common with surgery than mechanics.
Part of this has to do with the complexity of our modern machines, but a bigger part is the fact that, simply, upgradability has become less of a concern for manufacturers.
But there was a time when laptop upgrades were a big deal – and that time was the 90s.
Here’s the story of PCMCIA, an acronym only a 90s laptop owner could love.
I used a PCMCIA network card on my BeOS laptop (in 2001 or so), since the on-board network chip didn’t have a BeOS driver. Good times.
Standards drive some of market scale savings to the consumers. Sharp competence in between Corps and unregulated Consortiums & Cartels drove the market to this undesirable Status Quo.
PCMCIA was a very good thing at her time.
Some laptops still have ExpressCard slots, the successor to PCMCIA. I use a USB 3.0 ExpressCard in an older laptop with USB 2.0 only. However, there is still no ExpressCard with the new USB-C connector.
Does anyone know why? Is there no demand or is it impossible to create a card with a USB-C connector because the standard requires something that you cannot provide via an ExpressCard (high power?).