Friday, May 31st 2019

Tecware VXR, Nexus C, Vega, M2 Micro Among Other Cases on Display at Computex 2019

While visiting the Tecware exhibit, we took the time to check out the numerous cases they had on hand. We started with the VXR dual chamber chassis which was eye-grabbing, to say the least. Featuring a dual chamber layout, it had a sandblasted aluminum exterior with front and side tempered glass panels for getting the best possible view of your hardware. While some cases with such a layout can be starved for air, Tecware took that into account with increased airflow and cooling configurations being available. That, of course, brings up the potential for dust; however, they made sure to include dust filters to help mitigate the issue. On top of all that, the VXR also has removable HDD/SSD trays for easier installation along with extra space for improved cable management.

Taking a closer look at the cooling options the VXR has clearance for CPU coolers of up to 140mm in height which is a bit limiting, but when you consider its radiator support more than makes up for it. The chassis has enough space for up to a 240mm radiator in the top, 240mm radiator in the bottom, and a 360mm radiator on the side. Actual space for fans is a bit different with the case allowing for 3x 120mm in the front, 3x 120mm on the side and 3x 120mm in the bottom. Overall the case is a solid option for custom water cooling or for those planning to use an all-in-one liquid cooled GPU and CPU. As for graphics cards, total clearance was listed as 385mm. Finally, storage and expansion space consist of 2x 3.5" HDD, 4x 2.5" SSD (2 modular SSD trays) and 8x expansion slots. The VXR has an MSRP of $89.99.

The case we looked at was the M2 Micro, which is a MATX mini tower and makes use of a compact design. It has a matte finish on the front panel with mesh ventilation for improved airflow. Meanwhile, the logo on the front is illuminated by white LEDs. It has a tempered glass side panel as well, which is currently all the rage. Internally the chassis supports MATX and ITX motherboards, graphics cards up to 350mm in length and CPU coolers up to 160mm in height. Top and bottom dust filters are included as well. When it comes to storage, it has 2x 3.5" HDD bays, 2x 2.5" SSD bays. In terms of pricing, the M2 Micro is highly affordable with an MSRP of $45.99
Next up was the Nexus C a compact ATX mid-tower offering that will likely prove more popular with enthusiasts that prefer clean, minimalistic designs. The front panel has a matte finish with full-length side air vents for airflow and like the M2 Micro features a tempered glass side panel. When it comes to dust filtration filters for the front, bottom and top are included. Motherboard support consists of ATX, MATX, and ITX. CPU coolers are limited to 160mm in height. However, water cooling is better supported here with space for up to a 240 mm radiator in the front and up to a 240 mm in the top. When it comes to fans three are included 2x 120mm in the front and 1x 120mm in the rear with space for 2x 120mm or 2x 140mm in the top. Like the M2 Micro, HDD and SSD storage remains the same with 2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays respectively. As for graphics card clearance, it too remains the same as the M2 at 350mm. The Nexus C has a listed MSRP of $49.99.
For the RGB enthusiast who needs more than just RGB fans or for those wanting a touch of color and nothing more there is Tecware's Nexus EVO. It is a compact ATX mid-tower chassis that features RGB illumination of the front side vents. Tastefully done it adds a nice subtle glow without being in your face making it quite versatile in that regard. Running down the list of features it to sports a matte finish and tempered glass side panel. The front panel is also a bit different from the other cases here in that it has an angular design improving its visual appeal. Maximum CPU cooler height is listed at 160mm like most of the cases on display, and the same goes to radiator support as well with up to a 240mm up top and up to a 240mm in front. Graphics card clearance was listed at 350mm as well. In regards to storage, the case has space for 2x 3.5" HDDs and 2x 2.5" SSDs. Motherboard support consists of ATX, MATX, and ITX. The MSRP is listed as $49.99
The Vega chassis sports tempered glass front and side panels with large side vents on the front panel for improved airflow. It also comes equipped with 3x 120mm RGB fans pre-installed in the front with another 120mm RGB fan in the rear. sIn regards to cooling the case support CPU cooler of up to 160mm in height and radiators up to 360mm in front and 280mm up top. Graphics card clearance is limited to 350mm in length or less. Motherboard support includes ATX, MATX, and ITX while storage options include 2x 3.5" HDDs and 2x 2.5" SSDs. Like many of the other cases on display, the Vega also had a sandblasted aluminium exterior and has optional dust filters for all air intakes. What sets the Vega apart is that it comes with the ARC lighting system which includes the fans but also a controller hub that can handle 8 fans total and 3x LED strips, it works with 5V ARGB headers. The Vega chassis with ARC lighting F1 has an MSRP of $64.99, and the F3 version has an MSRP of $72.99.
The last case we looked at was the M1 Micro, a MATX chassis that has support for up to a 360mm radiator in the front and a 280mm radiator up top. This was quite a nice surprise given its compact nature. Air coolers aren't quite as lucky being limited to 160mm in height. Meanwhile, graphics cards up to 393mm should have no issues fitting. To improve cooling performance in this small chassis, Tecware equipped it with a full mesh front panel which was nice to see considering the amount of tempered glass we had seen thus far. Motherboard support includes MATX and ITX. Another surprise was the storage options with the M1 Micro being capable of supporting 2x 3.5" HDDs and up to 4x 2.5" SSDs giving it ample space for users wanting a bit more storage. As with Tecware's other cases, dust filters are included for all intakes here as well. The M1 Micro has a listed MSRP of $43.99 in black and $45.99 in white.
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6 Comments on Tecware VXR, Nexus C, Vega, M2 Micro Among Other Cases on Display at Computex 2019

#2
reifu
Are we going to ignore that these designs blatantly rip off Lian Li, Fractal, nzxt, phanteks, coolermaster? I don't see a single original design here
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Vayra86
I get the impression Computex is pretty much completely skippable at this point.

Generic, more of the same, and no real new products. Yes we get it, you can have your heatsinks, AIOs, cases in all shapes and sizes... I'm looking for practical use... not seen anything new or exciting.
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Chomiq
Tecware, more like Tecripoff
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phanbuey
reifu
Are we going to ignore that these designs blatantly rip off Lian Li, Fractal, nzxt, phanteks, coolermaster? I don't see a single original design here
That, and the top grills are atrocious - they didn't even improve on the design at all.
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Franzen4Real
reifu
Are we going to ignore that these designs blatantly rip off Lian Li, Fractal, nzxt, phanteks, coolermaster? I don't see a single original design here
lol that is seriously about as blatant as you can get....wow. Apparently there must not be a way for companies to protect "design language" or whatever you would call it. In all fairness though, Fractal did borrow quite generously from the Antec P180/183 line when they first came into the market.
Vayra86
I get the impression Computex is pretty much completely skippable at this point.

Generic, more of the same, and no real new products. Yes we get it, you can have your heatsinks, AIOs, cases in all shapes and sizes... I'm looking for practical use... not seen anything new or exciting.
Wait, what? You mean Phanteks putting home stereo speaker grills on the sides of the Shift didn't do it for you?? /s
When I saw the headline for a Shift Air it immediately got my attention as that is one case I have interest in, but is out of the question due to basically requiring all water cooling to function. Then I saw speaker grills.... I'll pass on the prospect of something accidentally skewering my pc's internals.....
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