The trend where shrinking the size of gadgets – making them smaller, lighter, thinner – becoming synonymous with technological advancements caught on sometime in the early 2000s and reached its zenith half-way through that decade.
The maximum impact was seen in the realm of personal computing, as laptops and desktop computers became more and more compact. So you had notebook PCs, mini-PCs and ultra-mini PCs and so on.
No matter how terribly fashionable it was back then to own devices that were brimming with computing abilities squeezed into the smallest spaces possible, these gadgets failed to hold their own in the long run. [...]