Tuesday, October 15th 2019

InWin Announces Unique, Ultra-Light PC Chassis with Colorful Covers

InWin is excited to announce its new "Alice" PC Chassis. Gathering inspiration from the classic story, Alice in Wonderland, InWin is taking PC builders on a journey where imagination reigns supreme!

The Alice chassis combines a durable and sturdy, yet ultra-light-weight frame with a variety of vivid colors. For those that are bold enough to enjoy something different than a traditional, heavy case, the Alice chassis showcases an explosion of possible color choices and intricate designs to create something totally distinct.
Inside, the Alice chassis is designed to allow the easiest PC hardware installation ever. It features a removable steel motherboard tray so the main components can be carefully installed outside, if required, then the open frame design allows cable routing to become an easier and neater practice. Once the PC is assembled, its vertical internal design provides considerably better cooling through an unobstructed path that follows natural convection, while this bottom-to-top airflow can be driven by three base-mounted fans.
With the vertical mounting of internal hardware, the motherboard I/O ports are at the top for easy-access. Since dust makes builders "mad as a hatter," the cover hides internal cables and limits dust entry.
Integrated into its design are four vibration-proof mounts placed on the feet to provide a stable base that resists bumps. Two integrated handles mean the chassis can be lifted and moved easily, while its ultra-light-weight materials and taller design allows for easier transportation, even when full of hardware.
The Alice chassis can support up to ATX motherboards with eight expansion slots, and high-performance hardware such as longer graphics cards, power supplies and taller CPU coolers. UP to four 120 mm fans can be fitted, plus three 2.5-inch SSDs and one 3.5-inch HDD.

For more information about the InWin Alice Chassis, please visit: https://www.in-win.com/en/gaming-chassis/alice/
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37 Comments on InWin Announces Unique, Ultra-Light PC Chassis with Colorful Covers

#1
Vayra86
Alice? Who the f is Alice

This is what I'm thinking of. But I suppose it works

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#2
thevoiceofreason
Alice in Wonderland of Laundry Baskets. Rather sexist if you asked me.
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#4
UltraThicc
OMG the waifu case is coming!!! :O May lord save us
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#5
TheLostSwede
Is this even legal from an EMI standpoint?
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Ferrum Master
TheLostSwede
Is this even legal from an EMI standpoint?
What's the difference between plain tempered glass and plastic radio wise? Or even a poor mans laptop? You can coat each of them to get some degree of protection for sure also, but not in this case.
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Valantar
TheLostSwede
Is this even legal from an EMI standpoint?
AFAIK there are no EMI requirements for DIY cases - if there were, how could acrylic cases be legal?
Ferrum Master
What's the difference between plain tempered glass and plastic radio wise? Or even a poor mans laptop? You can coat each of them to get some degree of protection for sure also, but not in this case.
Laptops need to be certified by the FCC and similar organizations as they are ready-made products with both radios and other EMI-generating parts inside. That's why any plastic laptop will have either EMI shields covering the motherboard or a metallic coating on the inside of the casing to block EMI. DIY PC cases are not subject to the same scrutiny simply due to not being sold in the same manner. And I imagine boutique PC makers can use the argument that they are providing a build-to-order/assembly service and not selling mass-produced products which allows them to use these parts. Beyond that, AFAIK all internal PC components need individual FCC certification.


thevoiceofreason
Alice in Wonderland of Laundry Baskets. Rather sexist if you asked me.
Have to agree here. I'm very much for reducing the degree of hypermasculine "g4m3r chic" in PC design overall, but this seems like a rather ham-fisted approach. Making non-hypermasculine designs more available = unequivocally good. Giving said designs a woman's name? Suddenly you're running the risk of pushing away any man not very secure in their masculinity, even beyond the design aesthetic (which isn't necessarily feminine at all, just not hypermasculine) as you're essentially naming the product "Women's PC case, not for men". Not that this will apply to everyone (perhaps particularly the waifu crowd and those who think of all prized objects as female, which are deeply problematic in an entirely different way), but it sure seems counterproductive.


On the case itself, frankly I really like the idea, but the execution seems ... lacklustre. First off, it looks unnecessarily huge, but beyond that, why give it a plastic frame? Wouldn't a steel frame with plastic pieces to form the outer fabric support be both cheaper in terms of tooling and more structurally sound? I get that injection-molded plastic is cheap AF once you get into volume production, but In-Win isn't normally a high-volume OEM, and making a large mold like that can't be cheap. I also really hope there's a fan filter on that bottom intake. I mean, the side panels are cloth. Filtering should be a rather obvious addition. And the PR text in the article about the cloth somehow filtering the intake fans (which aren't covered by it, going by the pictures) is ... weird.
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Ferrum Master
Valantar
That's why any plastic laptop will have either EMI shields covering the motherboard or a metallic coating on the inside of the casing to block EMI
I mention that actually, you can coat them, albeit I said poor mans... I've seen devices lacking it... fully exposed plain ABS plastic grilling your nuts with EMI :D

I treat it as a joke anyways... PSU is the biggest EMI concern and it itself should comply with specs with their own case, albeit we see from the reviews, some still have dirty spikes.
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TheLostSwede
Ferrum Master
What's the difference between plain tempered glass and plastic radio wise? Or even a poor mans laptop? You can coat each of them to get some degree of protection for sure also, but not in this case.
This barely has plastic, it's mostly cloth.
Technically none of the above should pass EMI testing.
That said, as it's sold as a DIY solution, the case doesn't have to pass EMI tests, only if it was sold as a system...

Valantar
AFAIK there are no EMI requirements for DIY cases - if there were, how could acrylic cases be legal?
Yeah, that's the thing...
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
TheLostSwede
This barely has plastic, it's mostly cloth.
Technically none of the above should pass EMI testing.
That said, as it's sold as a DIY solution, the case doesn't have to pass EMI tests, only if it was sold as a system...


Yeah, that's the thing...
If spread spectrum can be enabled do so otherwise coat the case in a foil based paint or put foil inside of the case
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#12
MEC-777
Finally, someone trying something different!
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#13
Dredi
TheLostSwede
This barely has plastic, it's mostly cloth.
Technically none of the above should pass EMI testing.
That said, as it's sold as a DIY solution, the case doesn't have to pass EMI tests, only if it was sold as a system...


Yeah, that's the thing...
Since when does a piece of plastic with some fabric over it need to pass EMI tests?

The mobo, cpu, gpu etc. components, which can actually produce EMI, that are available on the retail market have to pass their individual EMI requirements anyway. Or do you suggest we remove all cases from the market that are not at least mediocre farady cages (all of them with even one side made from glass or plastic)?
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TheLostSwede
Dredi
Since when does a piece of plastic with some fabric over it need to pass EMI tests?

The mobo, cpu, gpu etc. components, which can actually produce EMI, that are available on the retail market have to pass their individual EMI requirements anyway. Or do you suggest we remove all cases from the market that are not at least mediocre farady cages (all of them with even one side made from glass or plastic)?
The case is often an EMI barrier, but as we're moving away from metal cases...
Go look at what enterprise desktops look like, a lot extra metal barriers meant to catch all and any potential naughty radiation.
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#15
Vayra86
MEC-777
Finally, someone trying something different!
How would you like your cardboard box case, sir? Its different! There was a very good reason nobody did this yet, and that reason still exists ;)

Seriously, In-Win is trying to sell us a bottle crate with some holes drilled into it under the guise of a premium product. Its so obvious, they even forgot to remove the handle. I guess it works wonders for our circular economy of the future, what with the climate and all. I mean this is next level recycling right here.

Also, inb4 the first thread on TPU about how 'my cat peed inside my case' including pic of a soaked 'case wall'. I can't wait :D


I'm also waiting on the follow up product, a custom loop reservoir in the shape of a standard bottle. They'll probably sell that with 'you can mount up to six inside a single case!'
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#16
bogami
Good design! The layout is a great space solution with good cooling and a sea of skins. The alu frame would probably go well and the glass can also be placed , yes everyone will be happy! Very good layout of the main components and also the space for the disks will not be too small, the back of the ATX carrier plate hev space far enough for placement of the magnetic disks and in case of emergency it can become a seat :). nice touch !
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#17
Tatty_One
Senior Moder@tor
It looks like my granddaughters laundry basket, never thought of putting a motherboard in there...… interesting.
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#18
phanbuey
LOL.

And when you're done gaming you can use it to transport your dirty clothes to the washing machine.

Alice the computer washbin.
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#20
Vayra86
MrFrogSD

Good point, despite the quote fail :) Its not that expensive.

I agree though, the idea itself is a nice one, but there are quite a few caveats to consider when you buy this 'case'. The marketing text though, that is one skillful piece of making something so plain oh so special.. so inviting to make fun of :D

About that. How hard is it really to take a piece of printed cloth and wrap it around your current case. Just take a very thin, airy fabric and poof style change. Heck, it could even add a nice touch to a glass panel with RGB behind it. Hm!
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#21
Vulcansheart
Step 1: 3D scan a milk crate
Step 2: Market "milk crate" as a PC case
Step 3: Profit

*dusts off hands*
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#22
badtaylorx
God I love InWin. These guys know how to innovate!!!
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#23
Totally
Valantar
Have to agree here. I'm very much for reducing the degree of hypermasculine "g4m3r chic" in PC design overall, but this seems like a rather ham-fisted approach. Making non-hypermasculine designs more available = unequivocally good. Giving said designs a woman's name? Suddenly you're running the risk of pushing away any man not very secure in their masculinity, even beyond the design aesthetic (which isn't necessarily feminine at all, just not hypermasculine) as you're essentially naming the product "Women's PC case, not for men". Not that this will apply to everyone (perhaps particularly the waifu crowd and those who think of all prized objects as female, which are deeply problematic in an entirely different way), but it sure seems counterproductive.
Well in that case their hands are tied as far as naming goes. It obvious who they are targeting for this case and a bunch of arbitrary letters and numbers wouldn't have the same appeal.

Everyone Else
2 cents of the wrong currency
Just like to point out to most you guys that this is first and foremost an open air chassis with a cloth accessory add-on. It's In-Win, hello. Talk about dust filters and EMI...lol. plus it's only 55 bucks.
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#24
lZKoce
Gotta check my eyes...all I see is a colorful crate here. Gotta say InWin lost me on this one. In the next two years there's a bunch of polymers banned from use in a number of industries (automotive, food, etc.) in the EU with the hope of reducing the plastic footprint here. And yet instead of getting PC cases primarily from metal/wood/glass/paper?, which can be recycled or re-purposed we get 99,9% plastic PC enclosure launch....hard pass for me.
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#25
Valantar
Totally
Well in that case their hands are tied as far as naming goes. It obvious who they are targeting for this case and a bunch of arbitrary letters and numbers wouldn't have the same appeal.
Nah. Finding a neutral name isn't that difficult. There's plenty of room in between "In-Win Alice" and "In-Win z0mg g4m3r-lulz_123456789abc".
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