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New Generation of Cases?

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the not-gonna-happen dept.

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mikeb55121 writes "In my never ending quest to build a bigger and better computer i have come across this new design of computer case that is prety intresting to me and possibly any one else out there who build their own computers. This case is very unique because it is shaped as a "T" and the manufacture says that it ends cable clutter and has very good airflow." The aesthetics aren't bad, and the concept is solid. It'll be interesting to see if this catches on. I kind of doubt it.

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Here's a new generation of (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068046)

first post!

Offtopic, but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068049)

Does anyone know where to find cases that would be appropriate for a "home made" PVR/Media Center? I'd like one that fits into an entertainment system a little more appropriately.

Re:Offtopic, but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068073)

Tivo makes a nice case. You might have to rip out some extra parts, but it is a nice case.

Nice. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068051)

These cases look really cool. You don't see options and innovations like this coming from Apple.. they've had the same case design for years.

As a mac (and pc) user I would argue that... (1)

Peterus7 (607982) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068087)

Look at the new imacs.

Meh, my idea computer has no real chassis! Just a bunch of parts, and maybe at most a skeleton of a chassis right next to a very large fan...

Replying to your own troll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068118)

Replying to your own troll? How about you actually put some thought into your trolling . . .

Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068054)

Cool looking case

i remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068058)

I remember when Packard Bell made a special case that was an upside down T. Except with them, as with everything, it sucked, and now I must end this anecdote.

But the price . . . (1)

Whyrph (620050) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068063)

But how much will it cost?

Re:But the price . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068187)

if you have to ask, you probably can't aford it

Re:But the price . . . (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068217)

Looks like it costs ~$122USD. At least on the only site that seems to carry it . . .

http://www.home-pc.co.uk/browse.asp?cat=cases

ugly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068067)

that's an incredibly ugly case... this concept has been tried before, e.g. the Sun Blade x000 series of workstations, and they're ugly too.

An old lesson from Apple (4, Insightful)

browser_war_pow (100778) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068068)

I just had to cart a PC up 3 flights of stairs and down the hall to my dorm room. Moving my PowerMac was a lot easier because of the handles. PC makers still have a lot to learn from Apple IMO

-1, troll (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068086)

Apple has a lot to learn about pricing and performance, too.

Re:An old lesson from Apple (3, Insightful)

maverick41 (574379) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068099)

Agreed....not only does the current generation of PowerMac have handles on the exterior, but also utilizes "hubbable" interfaces such as USB and Firewire to at least move the cable clutter. They also allow easy motherboard access via the "drop-down" case design.

Re:An old lesson from Apple (2, Insightful)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068266)

not only does the current generation of PowerMac have handles on the exterior, but also utilizes "hubbable" interfaces such as USB and Firewire to at least move the cable clutter.

PCs have had USB and Firewire for over 5 years now. What on earth are you talking about? Macs are cool and all, but USB is obviously not unique to them. Hell, my brand new iBook I bought in October doesn't even support USB 2.0 yet!

Re:An old lesson from Apple (1, Troll)

SuperDuG (134989) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068107)

Man, what a whiner, did you stop and at least take a break on that long long trek?

Re:An old lesson from Apple (4, Funny)

sql*kitten (1359) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068128)

I just had to cart a PC up 3 flights of stairs and down the hall to my dorm room. Moving my PowerMac was a lot easier because of the handles. PC makers still have a lot to learn from Apple IMO

If you can afford both a Mac and PC, surely you can afford a butler to do all that lifting and carrying for you?

Re:An old lesson from Apple (3, Informative)

Steve Franklin (142698) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068211)

Might I suggest an aluminum case? And perhaps a flat panel display? After all, a CRT monitor is the heaviest part of the average PC, and those steel cases are a bit on the heavy side too, not to mention less able to radiate excess heat.

Re:An old lesson from Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068233)

He never said both were his.
He only explicitly said he owned the PowerMac.
Maybe he was helping a friend...

What?!? I can't hear you..... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068138)

Let me shut off my wind tunnel [g4noise.com] so that I can hear you.

Re:What?!? I can't hear you..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068209)

Wow. You'd think the PowerMac had a jet engine in it after looking through that site. Mine isn't loud. The only sound I hear is the incessant whine from the cry babies. Then again, I used to work around machines that actually were loud.

Damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068170)

You are one weak bitch.

3 flights of stairs? Come on!

aesthetics (1)

laard (35526) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068070)

Am I the only one who finds it to be ugly?

Re:aesthetics (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068147)

Yes. I think it's beautiful, and would be proud to lug it home in my Pontiac Aztec.

+1 funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068210)

the aztec concept looked fine, but then they had to raise the gound clearence by like 8 inches or something outrageous, i've seen dropped down aztecs, they look much better, but i think they got it right eventually with the vibe

no (2)

sydlexic (563791) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068196)

it's butt-fugly. reminds me of a poorly designed star wars droid. as long as they were mounting the board on the back like that, they should have just made a cube.

Re:aesthetics (2)

Mitreya (579078) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068247)

Aesthetics of a computer case are completely irrelevant. You can always hide it in or under your desk. If it allows for better access to components, any ugliness is worth it.

Sliding it? (3, Insightful)

brodin (200847) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068074)

Seriously though, although it looks interesting it might prove difficult to slide in and out of an enclosure like a "computer" desk.

BTW, Let the Mr. T jokes commence.

Re:Sliding it? (-1, Troll)

Mighty_Joe_Stalin (640589) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068161)

Hey Mohammed, why don't you just write the trolls yourself? I mean, you mentioned 'sliding in and out' in your post. Your gay little "BTW" should have read "BTW, Let the jokes about me sliding my Linux-powered penis in and out of my sister commence!"

Please take note that I, in my infite wisdom, used a "surprise mark" or exclamation point as you Americans like to call them to close the updated BTW message. This is because at the start of a new race or adventure or competition, it is customary to show excitement. You should be excited about the coming onslaught of 'sex-cum-sister' jokes that will be directed at you. Although, from what I understand...they're not all that funny since they're true, you sickie. I mean, what would kind of man impregnates his sister in the hopes that after 18 years, you'll be able to get a date? That's just disturbing. I find you highly questionable and would suggest everyone with a Linux-powered penis [i.e. a small rodney] to consider the infamous Switch ads.

"You know, I was using Linux to power my schlong but then I ran into this guy on Slashdot who was nailing his sister with a penis powered by the same OS. I thought, no way dude - that's like, totally not cool. I mean, it's one thing to have masturbation fantasies and it is a whole different creature to actually do the deed. So that's when I switched to The Apple Computer Corporation's fine operating system. The last time I'd used an Apple was in the glory days of the ][e, and let me tell you, they've made some changes. So, I mean, next time you're using your ding-dong, think about what's powering yours and what is powering everyone else's. Besides, Linux is so five years ago. I mean, they sell Linux at Walmart now. Walmart? Poor people shop there! Fuck that! I've heard good things about this company from Redmond though. I'm going to check into them." -recent convert

Thank you for your time my good friend. Oh, wait - I think you're right. The computer desk has evolved over the years to accomadate a certain size and shape. While cases with irregular shapes might look cool (although in my opinion, the one cited looks shitty) they can be a pain to get into position. It's certainly something to consider when looking into an irregular case. Another issue is that cables have a certain length and these lengths are often made to be as short as possible while still satisfying the needs of a standard rectangular case. So fuck this shit cause I ain't the one...

Re:Sliding it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068214)

I slide my case in and out of your mom.. oooh yeah that feels good. somebody mod this shit down.

Something this case fails to consider (5, Insightful)

los furtive (232491) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068076)

What about the short length of IDE cables, CD-ROM audio and others. I don't think this case properly addresses those issues.

Re:Something this case fails to consider (2)

chrisseaton (573490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068106)

It comes with it's own cables, so I presume they are long enough.

Re:Something this case fails to consider (3, Interesting)

KPU (118762) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068262)

The ATA standard provides for a maximum cable length of 18 inches. That's usually the length of cables that come with a drive. Now, they may be violating [monster-hardware.com] the spec, but I'd rather they stay within the limits so I can use cheaper stuff.

Re:Something this case fails to consider (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068111)

My thoughts exactly. I watched the flash hoping to see it assembled with cables, but it was conveniently skipped.

Re:Something this case fails to consider (5, Insightful)

mbourgon (186257) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068171)

Actually, it shouldn't be an issue. It looks like the distance would be about the same, but the orientation of the board would be perpendicular to the drives instead of parallel. Remember, the thing is only about 1.5 feet long by 1.5 feet wide. Only issue I could see is when you're pulling the whole thing open, and like the other poster said, it comes with its own cables.

ick -- not good looking at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068079)

maybe it's me, but that is one weird looking and ugly computer box.

I guess we'll see if this is the shape of future desktops or not.

Needs a handle... (2)

$$$$$exyGal (638164) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068080)

My first impression after seeing that thing was that it looked like an old fashioned hair dryer ;-).

But anyways, it looks fairly useful. I'm not sure how you would carry it around to move it, though. It needs a handle (i don't see one in the specs?).

--gal [slashdot.org]

Fron foot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068228)

The front foot looks like a handle.

The case kind of reminds me of my G4 Tower. (3, Insightful)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068083)

At least the way it opens/closes.

I'd like to see one up close. If it's under $80 and has at least a 340Watt power supply I'd buy one.

I like it (2, Interesting)

SirTwitchALot (576315) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068084)

It looks very accessable and functional. It's even nice aesthetically. I only wonder if it's tied up in patents. I'm of the opinion that this design won't catch on if it's manufactured solely by one company. I could really see myself purchasing one of these cases if they become widely available.

The Bogometer just pegged (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068088)

What a joke! Reduced footprint? Bullshit, clunky footprint

What an ugly case. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068089)

Sorry but this looks like another example of pee cee aesthetic design - ie a pile of crap.

Apple G4 (0, Troll)

MasterOfMuppets (144808) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068093)

Wow! It's an Apple G4 case! But not as cool! Say what you like about Apple, but their designs are usually ahead of their time, as imitations like this prove.

If I wanted to build a PC I would definitely get a case like this though, to be fair.

Re:Apple G4 (2, Funny)

lederhosen (612610) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068206)

Yeah!

In 50 000 years evolution will make it
possible to use their input devices...

AHEAD OF TIME!!!

noise (4, Insightful)

smokin_juan (469699) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068094)

blah. it's all lights and cooling and cable clutter and poppy cock. let me know when they design a QUIET computer case. noise cancelation tech, built in sound dampening materials, baffles on the outside fans... hell i dunno, but my heap is LOUD and i'm doubting that a "T" does much for noise.

Re:noise (2, Interesting)

archen (447353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068252)

I keep thinking that more and more. I finally got to the point where I had to add another fan to keep the hard drives cool and thought to myself "yay, another fan". PC's are starting to get rediculas with the ammount of heat and noise they make.

If I were going to make a case I'd do it like something like these guys [frozencase.com]. Only I would have no little fans (except maybe on the processor), just one large 15 inch fan mounted on the top of a cube blowing in at a low RPM. I'm so tired of the noise from my PC right now, that my next (and only) case mod might be doing something similar by mounting a fan on the side of my case.

It wont work... (2)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068108)

Ok, it looks like two G4 towers that ran into each other at high speeds. Without handles. So what's the point? Yay, it has a folding down chasis design, but how the hell are you going to find the room in the back of the computer to do this? The reason why the Apple towers were so great, is they folded outward, not backward.

It seems to me to be another "We're trying to clone Apple and not get sued by mimicing their design so we're just making it stupid" case.

new cases? gotta change the fundamentals, first. (2)

herrd0kt0r (585718) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068109)

a good case is:
- rock-solid
- transportable
- space-saving
- cheap
- attractive

it's time to wipe the slate clean on case design. go back to the basics. back in time. to an era where puup and piles of puup were the pinnacles of architecture.

you can start here: http://www.g-news.ch/articles/nhp200nc/

non-space-saving is better!? (2)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068253)

I want 11 5.25" bays and 3 3.5" bays.

If you are counting, that's enough for 7 SCSI drives, 3 IDE + 1 IDE hd, and 1 bay for a floppy tape drive.

I'm nearly to the breaking point with my damn mid-tower. Maybe I could mod a VAX server case if my local college will make a donation.

Sweeter than Ninjas! (1)

Goldfinger7400 (630228) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068110)

It's a rare thing when someone actually thinks outside the box (pardon the pun) enough to make a design that's actually both efficient and user friendly. And, is incredibly sweet, though it is rather large like our ninja's sweet friends the Hippos. I wonder if an apple motherboard might fit inside, i'm becoming increasingly fed up with apple design and am looking for a nice platform for an anti-mac of sorts. "Orbis Non Suficit."

Difficulty In Carrying In It (0)

kupo zero (581452) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068112)

I don't know. It still looks like it would be rather difficult to have to move this case around. It seems like it's wideness would be the problem.

I don't think so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068115)

I would not want to imagine a beowolf of these...
It would be ugly. Besides you would be hard pressed to turn them on the side and put them in a rack.

Just say no

Wow, no pictures. (5, Informative)

foolip (588195) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068121)

For those of you who don't much like macromedia stuff, you can see small pictures of these things on another page [lope.com.tw] on the same site.

Nice idea, but... (4, Informative)

loply (571615) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068123)

For reference, you can buy the cases from Ebuyer.co.uk for £80, and they are both deeper and wider than most ATX cases (thus, less space efficient).

They will not fit into the "case" compartment of most PC benches, if thats the kind you have.

Good idea, but Im pretty sure theyre a passing fad since the dimensions are so inefficient.

Re: Computer cases? (1)

blibbleblobble (526872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068135)

Is it just my imagination, or can I really not be bothered to install shockwave flash on this computer to see their photos.

(mutters about these upstart webdesigners with their fancy flashy new animations...) now maybe when mozilla gets the ability to turn Flash on and off on demand, I might be persuaded to install it, rather than using someone else's computer whenever I need to run an insecure plugin...

Re: Computer cases? (2)

JohnG (93975) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068176)

I agree, think of it this way, when the slashdotting goes down they are going to REALLY regret have a huge flash thingie. It STILL isn't as bad as flash intros though. Flash can be used to improve a website, but a flash intro can never be anything but wasted bandwidth on their part and time on my part.

Don't mean to be pessimistic... (0, Offtopic)

long_john_stewart_mi (549153) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068136)

This may be rough on these guys, but I'm not changing my case unless it does my laundry, my homework, or finds me a date - something every geek would like. The rectangular ones seem to work fine - when you kick them, they make a nice clunking sound.

Huh? (5, Insightful)

Idarubicin (579475) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068141)

The aesthetics aren't bad, and the concept is solid. It'll be interesting to see if this catches on. I kind of doubt it.

Well, that's pessimistic. "It's good, but nobody will buy it."

If the airflow is as good as they claim, then that's excellent. I've had a number of problems over the years with poor cooling, and I'm certainly not a hardcore gamer or 3D renderer.

Easy access to everything in the case is also a big plus. It just looks so elegant. No more fumbling with lots of little screws and trying to get Tab A into Slot B reassembling my case.

There are a few potential problems: the manufacture of this case will be more costly--it's not just a box. So bargain hunters won't buy it. The shape of the case won't fit into a narrow slot that some desks leave; it wouldn't be a problem at my desk, but I can see trouble in cramped environments. Aesthetically, the shape is novel, but I don't know if it's as attractive as the poster makes out. Finally, are drive cables long enough to reach all the drive bays, or are we limited to technologies that permit longer cable runs (serial ATA, for example)?

My two cents.

Ends Cable Clutter How? (2)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068145)

Its just a motherboard on it side with a couple of nicely placed fans..

Still have the same cable issues, only now they are visable from your seat, and not 'hidden' behind the machine..

Quick install of drives is nice, but other then that.. who cares?

Re:Ends Cable Clutter How? (1, Insightful)

nsadhal (233419) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068251)

I was thinking that it ends the cable clutter inside the machine. Partly because of those big IDE ribbons that require twisting to attach to the motherboard and the drives. With this design, the IDE cables do not need to be twisted to meet up to the motherboard connectors; they never change direction as the motherboard lies perpendicular to the drives.
I suppose the motherboard is also more accessible because there aren't those drive power cables running all over the place getting in the way when you want to insert a stick of RAM.

not new: Apple, Compaq, IBM (4, Informative)

axxackall (579006) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068150)

The way to open/close the case is like G3/4 Towers do.

Some similar ideas I remember from my experience also with Compaq and IBM.

Sales (1)

Dr. Cody (554864) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068160)

It'll be interesting to see if this catches on. I kind of doubt it.

It's kind of hard for a product to catch on if you don't offer the customer a method of buying it.

About time (5, Funny)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068163)

I've opened many a case in my time and I figure some of these case designers missed their calling, which was to design traps that guard Pharaoh's tombs.

Dells... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068165)

...have had good airflow and have been clutter-free since the GXa series of machines circa 1998. If anyone needs to learn decent easy-access design fundamentals for PC cases, go look at a Dell...

Incidentally, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple learnt from them, the G4 certainly came after some of teh innovative Dell stuff.

I doub it also.. (1)

Gortbusters.org (637314) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068173)

For starters, it doesn't end the cable clutter. There are still cables there. The only thing that can end cable clutter is to go wireless where possible and organize wires yourself.

Secondly, will this thing fit in popular office furniture bays for computers? Some "cubbies" in office furniture are fairly narrow, this thing looks like it wouldn't fit.

I can't find it, but I seem to remember an old article about a computer case that was made out of wood - to match your furniture. That was much more innovative than this.

Nice find (1)

Echoota (443306) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068182)

I don't have much to add here, but I always like to see well done alternatives to the typical Lian-li and Master Cooler.

Looks hardware-friendly (1)

DigiDarkCloud (262410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068188)

I like it, it seems very well planned out. Putting something in or taking something out looks like it would be much easier than in most tower and (especially -- ugh) desktop cases, where components and riser boards and drive bays are shoved in every which way, making your "upgrade" feel like a game of Tetris. Only I don't remember Tetris giving me scraped and cut knuckles or stripped screws.

It also looks more mobo-friendly. My motherboard, a Tyan S1854 (yes, it's old), theoretically fits in a standard-sized tower case. But the power connector and IDE connectors are on the front edge of the motherboard, where they prevent use of anything deep (like, say, a CD drive) in the 5.25" drive bays. A case like this looks like it would be perfect for my motherboard. It would be more compact than a super-deep tower case, and it doesn't look like I'd need extended IDE cables.

I don't see a price or a link to an order form. Pity. I hope that doesn't mean they won't enter production. I know I'd buy one, as long as they aren't hideously expensive.

interesting, but... (1)

gyratedotorg (545872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068190)

this case is pretty interesting, but its shape is sub-optimal in terms of space requirements. since the motherboard goes on the back instead of the side, and because the external cables (power, etc.) come out of the side instead of the back, this thing probably takes up about twice the horizontal space of a typical case.

This is all well and good... (2)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068191)

It looks interesting enuf, but where do you put the window and the CCFT?!?

holy crap is that ugly.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068201)

I guess I just don't get the aesthetic that drives companies like hp, etc. to build these rounded edge, 10 shades of grey machines, but anyway, there are a couple of new wrinkles to this machine:

1) The footprint of this machine is made much more complicated by this T-shape; desk real estate is precious, and you're using up lots of it placing the board sideways. Additionally, the cables in the BACK of the machine don't even flow straight back to the power, cable, monitors, whatever...Instead you need one of those fussy little plastic guides.

What comes to mind is the possibility of linking these t shapes together somehow, if pcs were located next to each other. I know it wouldn't really work with this design, but it would be an interesting experiment for computer lab computers.

2) the front of a case is usually the place where you lavish details, with knobs, controls, etc. (or the clean, smooth, absence of controls, which is my preference) The machine now has essentially THREE fronts, rather than just one. Rather than concentrating on one front (and for the case modders, possibly one side with a window or some such), the case designers have three fronts and no good sides to concentrate on. And they've done a pretty crap job on all counts.

just my two cents.

-noah

Two Observations (5, Insightful)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068202)

1. The cooling for the drives looks to be less-than-optimal. I tend to run SCSI drives in my systems, and many of them get hot. The intake for the fans would also pull air right off my nice cool 19" monitor, seeing as how my monitor is to the right of the tower.

2. There's a reason cables come out of the *back* of a computer -- you can route them to wherever you want them. Looking at this case, all the cables come out of the left side of the case. Looking at my desk, my tower is on the left side (which is by the wall). So with this, I'd have to route the cables *around* the back of the case....

Ob/.CaseMod: Where would you put the window and the neon lights?

Next generation of cases (3, Insightful)

papasui (567265) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068213)

I think the next generation of cases will be those made by companies that try to use as little space as possible, (yes they do need to ensure that there are no heat problems.). I've grown tired of having a tower case that doesn't tuck away under anything, and make so much noise I can hear the fans in the nearby room. My next computer will probably use a shuttle case/motherboard for these exact reasons.

Another one bites the dust.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068219)

/.'ed before i could get to it. this is getting annoying

Revenge on Taiwan... (2)

netsharc (195805) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068224)

All that bandwidth used up by Taiwanese spam, now it's time to hit them back. :) Their servers are still alive, that's pretty cool.

To be ontopic; the case looks pretty boring, as someone has already said, it is not space-efficient either. The thing is probably designed to stand beside your monitor (on the right side of it) as well, considering everything will plug into its left side.

A much nicer design would be like a contemporary case, only fatter, so that the motherboard fits on between the 5.25" slots and the right side of the case (seen from the front).. or make the one like that cube thing, with the motherboard on the bottom.. not that that's very space-efficient either. :)

XP strikes again... (0, Troll)

mystik (38627) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068229)

Easy access to the innards of your computer is useless, if your OS/Office suite refuses to function when you change your hardware ... *cough*XP*cough*

Finally we know... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068232)

what the designer of the AMC Pacer is doing for a living now....

This is bugging me... (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068236)

It looks like something familiar from star wars, but for the life of me i cant think what. Anybody else see what i'm talking about, some ship or droid or something...

Pretty Cool (1)

Koynoper (638358) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068237)

I personally think it's a good design. I dig the fact that the drives just 'snap-in' as opposed to requiring screws. However, I do find it funny that the site never shows what'll happen if you quickly throw the case-door open. I have a feeling all of the IDE cables would be ripped out of their sockets. Fun!

I don't normally care about case mods (3, Funny)

scumdamn (82357) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068242)

but I want that case!
That thing is beautiful. For some reason it just caught my eye and that was it. If you have more money than sense, I appeal to you: Purchase me this case! I am not strictly opposed to giving sexual favors for it!
HEAR MY PLEA! I WANT THIS CASE!
Thank you

One problem (1)

BradNelson (549752) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068250)

One problem with this might be accomidating desks. A lot of the cheap $150 desks you can pick up at Office Max may not be ideal for this. I'm not sure what the dimensions are exactly, but it's possible that the spot for the tower may be too narrow for this case. Just a thought.

I don't know (2)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068254)

For my current machine: I just pop of the side and I have access to everything. And then I don't need to close it to test my machine.

I guess that is the crux of the problem for this case. To actually get it up and running it must be closed, which means closing it part way, connecting the ribbon cables up, and then snapping it shut (since I doubt you want to run it with the tension of the mainboard + CPU on the IDE cables).

Now I have to say that it does seem to fix the mobo access issue. But it does this by making the case more of a hassle to get running. And that's too heavy of a black mark to ignore.

woosh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5068256)

yeah, who doesn't want to own his private windtunnel to blast the fur of a cat from a distance of 20'?

-t

Ok, where's the power supply ? (1)

Xanthra47 (305565) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068263)

The animation doesn't show the PS anywhere.
I'd guess it's in the bottom, under the drives...
That would seem to be less than ideal for cooling : (

It *IS* funky looking though and it lets you get to your KVM connections easily, perhaps too easily. It should have a hatch that covers the slots, but has cut-outs to route cables through.

The lesson is: (1)

DeComposer (551766) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068267)

Never design computer cases when you're high on crack.

While I will concede that some of the design elements are novel, this thing is just ugly. It looks like somebody wedged an aluminum briefcase into a radiator.

where (1)

pummer (637413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068270)

even if i wanted to buy this fugly mofo, where would I?? there's no purchase link or price. One thing is guaranteed though. It's a better case design than any Gateway offering in 8 years.

Interesting case design... (1)

segfaultdot (462810) | more than 11 years ago | (#5068271)

This is the first case i've ever seen where the mobo and pci cards are perpendicular to the drives (hence the 'T'/'Tee' name, doesn't look that much like a tee from the outside)... as far as accessibility, it reminds me a lot of the Apple PowerMac G3 (Blue&White) - G4 design in the way it opens up... wonder how much it costs.
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