Computex 2017 - Day 3

June 5, 2017 // 2:28 p.m.

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In Win

In Win frequently produces stunning, eye-catching cases for Computex, and this year saw the debut of the robotic Winbot chassis as well as a few new models that are looking to popularise wood as a material for PC cases.

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The Winbot is essentially a massive sphere that can open up in a style that can only be described as Pacman-esque. It has an aluminium structure, but it's mostly made from plexiglass on the outside, giving you a near-unrestricted 360° view of your hardware. In Win showed off a couple of systems, and they're precisely the sort of systems you'd expect such a ludicrous case to be built with: water-cooled, rigid tubing, LED lighting, high-end hardware, and so on. This is certainly not a case that's designed to be tucked under a desk.

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The Winbot has a variety of so-called 'smart' features, including a built-in camera for face and gesture recognition as well as the (somewhat creepy) ability to follow you around the room using its robotics. And yes, it can also take your selfie. Alexa compatibility means it can also be controlled by your voice. There are only five in the world currently, and unsurprisingly the production run planned towards the end of the year is going to be very limited in number, and anyone wishing to pick one up will be looking at an investment of at least $1,000.

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The In Win 806 continues the company's 800 series but throws a new material into the mix: wood. Specifically, it's using a thick slab of curved beechwood to make up the front and roof panels. The core chassis, meanwhile, is hewn from steel, and 3mm tempered glass continues to be used on the side panel. This time, however, there's a new quick-release system that's effectively a single button at the back, and this keeps the panel looking very clean. This ATX case also has a USB 3.1 Type-C connector on its front panel. Mass production for this chassis is confirmed, but pricing and availability are not.

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The second case we saw to make use of wood was the Gaming Cube A1. Mass production for this mini-ITX case is likely but not confirmed, and In Win is still looking to take feedback regarding its design from people like you. Here, the wood type is maple, and it's used only on the roof. On the underside, meanwhile, we have a transparent surround that's illuminated by – you guessed it – RGB LEDs. Once again, we find a USB 3.1 Type-C connector on the I/O, and the quick-release system for the 3mm tempered glass side panel is this time a pair of pull-out knobs up top.
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