- Feb 22, 2015
What makes you think it would be appreciably more expensive? I don't think a removable plastic PCIe slot is that much different cost-wise from a fixed one, when produced in volume.Both solutions would command a premium on the pricing, so I don't think that "you can use it in a standard mini-ITX config" argument has much weight. The only people willing to pay for the premium will be those who actually want the feature, so then why not make it ideal for them increasing your chances that people find it interesting instead of making an intermediate no one else will use and won't drive sales numbers up.
You seem to be missing the simple fact that the bigger the market, the more you can sell, and the cheaper it can get. A board that can be used for all existing mini-ITX cases AND niche sandwich/console cases has a tremendous advantage over a board that can only be used in niche cases. That alone would allow the flexible board to be priced lower, even if the development cost is roughly the same.