Here's our Hardware Tip for.. March 17, 2000
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Desktop Trends: Slim And Small--Part 2 of 3
The new slim and small desktops feature very few add-in card slots because they take up too much room for these space-saving computers. Upgrade fans must take advantage of other buses for expansion and upgrades. The most obvious choice for these new systems would be USB (Universal Serial Bus). With USB, you can add a whole range of new peripherals to your slim system, maintaining its usefulness for a longer period of time. USB's hot-swap capability lets you quickly configure your system to match your current needs and keep your spare devices stashed away. This way, you can maintain the small desktop footprint, but have room to expand.