InWin’s Alice: A Unique Chassis Made of Fabric and Plasticby Anton Shilov on June 21, 2019 11:00 AM EST
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Over the past few years makers of PC cases have tried virtually all materials to make their boxes: aluminum, steel, glass, various plastics, you name it. In an attempt to offer something completely new, InWin has decided to offer Alice, a case made of plastic and fabrics, a combination never seen before in a mass market computer case.
InWin’s Alice is an ATX open frame vertical tower PC case made of ABS plastic that wears a "costume" made of fabrics. The manufacturer claims that the skeleton of the case is durable, sturdy, shock-proof, and lightweight, though it does not compare it to products made of metal.
The chassis can accommodate an air cooling system that is up to 220 mm high, a 320-mm long graphics card, a 220-mm deep PSU, three 2.5-inch storage drives, and one 3.5-inch drive. When it comes to cooling, the Alice can house a 120-mm fan/radiator on top as well as three 120-mm fans/a 360-mm radiator on the bottom. Meanwhile, since fabrics do not completely restrict the movement of air, airflows inside the case should be fine. On the other hand, because fabrics also aren't good for blocking noises, end users will likely go with a hybrid cooling system to maximize performance without producing too much noise.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, InWin’s Alice will come in a variety of color schemes. Granted, it is easy to make ABS chassis of different plastics and use fabrics with a variety of prints. The maker says that it can even build the case to order if its clients demand something unique.
InWin’s Alice PC case will be available in the near future at price points below $100.
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Reflex - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkAlso, everything you'd be worried about it interfering with also has its own case...
GreenReaper - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkWill it? I have a bunch of cables by my tower.
mode_13h - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - linkUm, what about interfering with radio & TV broadcasts, not to mention cellular and wifi?
I think that's the point of the Federal *Communications* Commission regulating EMI.
Samus - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - linkThe FCC thing is true, but that's a rating for emissions, not necessarily shielding (though that is obviously part of it)
A case helps prevent outside interference from getting in as much as it does getting out, and interference getting in can cause strange anomalies like coil whine or affecting devices talking on a similar frequency as the interference.
rrinker - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkExactly my first thought when I saw plastic and fabric. It won't block anything, so I'd think it will make a mess of interference on anything anywhere near a system using this. I get the art concept, but for practicality from an electrical standpoint, this is a 0. Might even be worse than some of those open concept cases because many of those, while not having fully enclosed sides, do have metal in some places. Would love to see the results of runnign an RF probe around this stuff.
Reflex - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkUm, not really? People have been running open cases for decades without any significant problems.
AshlayW - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - linkExactly.
Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - linkAlso cases with plastic or glass windows.
Sometimes constructed primarily out of plastic or glass.
AshlayW - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - linkI have my system on open bench for months at a time with soundcard and such and no issues?
RF has no major impact on computer hardware in the majority of situations
rocky12345 - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkI will probably catch some flack over this but to me at least this is just beyond dumb and pretty pointless. Then again there are probably going to be some that find this the holy grail of cases and scoop them up. BY the way this would not be very hard to just do yourself and save some money if this is what you want out of a case.