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InWin continues to blaze ground with custom designs, open air cases, aluminum-heavy, tool-free designs

Taiwanese casemaker InWin has a penchant for bold and limited designs.  At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada InWin's Nelly Hsieh and product manager Andy Che gave us a taste of the new and recent addtions to the company's family of enthusiast geared products.

I. 707, 901, and 904 Chassis Feature Premium Blends of Aluminum, Glass

Founded in 1985, In Win Development Inc. (TPE:6117) (InWin) has a pair of factories in Taoyuan, Taiwan and a factory (IN SHIN) in mainland China.  It has additional outposts in the USA, UK, and the Netherlands which both house some of its 7 global test labs, and are home to sales teams.  InWin ships 1.3m+ PC cases and 455k power supplies a month.

Like many PC equipment sellers, InWin appeared increasingly focused on minimalism this year.  Leading the way were the 904 (ATX) and 901 (mini-ATX) cases.  These designs are composed of a single piece of aluminum, cut to a thickness of 4 mm and brushed.  the sides are composed of tinted tempered (hard) glass, which is tool-free, affixed via easily operable thumbscrews.
aluminum
For fans of aluminum case designs, it's hard to beat InWin.
[Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

The stats on the 901 are:
  • Class
    • Mini-ITX
  • Price
  • Ship Date:
    • 1/15/2014
  • Dimensions
    • 350 mm (13.8-in.) x 173 mm (6.8-in.) x 400 mm (15.7-in.)
      •  
  • Construction
    • Tool-free
    • Magnetic, detachable fan filters
    • Hidden cooling
    • One-piece aluminum frame
    • Tinted, tempered single-piece glass side panels
  • Power Supply
    • 550 W Gold Rated (included)
    • Replacement 200 mm power supplies
  • Graphics Cards:
    • Full-height PCI-E
    • Up to 300 mm
  • Storage Bays
    • External (ODD)
      • 1x SATA swappable thin disc drives
    • Internal
      • 2x SATA swap (3.5/2.5-inch)
      • 2x SATA swap (2.5-inch)
  • Cooling
    • Magnetically attached, washable aluminum fan filter
    • Rear -- 90 mm fan x1
    • Bottom Fan -- 120 mm fan x1
    • Radiator -- 120 mm (optional for liquid cooling)
    • Heatsinks -- up to 130 mm (various)
  • Other
    • 20 mm (0.787-in.) side cable-management area
    • 2x USB 3.0 high-speed
    • "HD" Audio
901 tool free
The InWin 901 and 904 are tool-free cases. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

The 904's bumps things to:
  • Class
    • ATX/micro-ATX
  • Price
  • Ship Date:
    • 1/15/2014
  • Dimensions
    • 490 mm (19.3-in.) x 192 mm (7.6-in.) x 400 mm (19.3-in.)
  • Construction
    • Tool-free
    • Magnetic, detachable fan filters
    • Hidden cooling
    • One-piece aluminum frame
    • Tinted, tempered single-piece glass side panels
  • Power Supply
    • 750 W Gold Rated (included)
    • Replacement 180 mm power supplies
  • Graphics Cards
    • PCI-E/PCI/AGP Slot x8
    • Up to 360 mm
  • Storage Bays
    • External (ODD)
      • 1x full size (up to 5.25-inch) SATA swappable disc drives
    • Internal
      • 3x SATA swap (3.5/2.5-inch)
      • 2x SATA swap (2.5-inch)
  • Cooling
    • Magnetically attached, washable aluminum fan filter
    • Hidden vents
    • Rear -- 90 mm fan x1
    • Bottom Fan -- 140 mm fan x1
    • Radiator -- 120/140 mm (optional for liquid cooling)
    • Heatsinks -- up to 145 mm (various)
  • Other
    • 25 mm (0.984-in.)side cable-management area
    • 4x USB 3.0 high-speed
    • "HD" Audio
InWin 901
Both the 901 and 904 come with Gold rated power supplies.
[Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

For those looking for a more affordable full-tower ATX/mini-ATX compatible option, InWin still has some compelling more affordable options, including the new 707 case, which features black aluminum, glass paneling, toolless design, and red accents.

InWin 707
InWin 707 -- a classy budget ATX case [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

The case is also available in white, with black accents.  Ports are cleverly concealed in the lip between the main body and aluminum front-plate. 

InWin 707
InWin 707, up close and personal [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

Price is expected to be somewhere around $90-120 USD.

II. Limited Editions -- Open Air and More

The company was also showing off the Mini H-Frame a rather unique open-air mini-ITX case composed of brushed aluminum colored green, red, or blue.  While the Mini H-Frame only supports low profile graphics cards, it is fairly affordable ($195 USD on Newegg, currently), has easy cable management, and comes with a 180 W power supply.

The company also was demoing the King H-Frame -- the premium brother of the Mini H-Frame.  The massive case supports up to 5x 140 mm fans for a whole lot of airflow through its open, aluminum sculpted body.  The toolless case supports up to 11x PCI-E/PCI/AGP slots, with support for graphics cards up to 420 mm.  Nice perks are also included, like an external hanger for your headphones.

The latter case (the Mini H-Frame) is still in stock at various e-tailers, but the latter (the Kingsize H-Frame) quickly sold out despite its whopping $1,500 USD price tag.  (The "normal" $400 USD H-Frame is sold out as well.)

InWin Tou
InWin's Tou is a limited 500-unit design. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

Those aren't rich enough for your blood?  Well alongside the H-Frame Mini and Kingsize H-Frame was the Tou, another limited edition case which also launched at Computex 2013 last June in Taiwan.  Retailing for a cool grand, the case is limited to only 500 units.  Ms. Hsieh told me the U.S. run was limited to a mere five (!) units.  It appears Fry's Electronics has one unit in stock, though, at least.

The Tou is a full-size ATX case that features shifting LED lighting and variable transparency, thanks to its mirrorlike semi-transparent glass surface.

III. Power Supplies, Mats, and Mr. Bubble

In the power supply category InWin launched a 900 watt Platinum-rated (80 plus) premium power supply dubbed "Serenity", designed for large gaming systems.  The power supply packs a 5 year warranty, a super ferrite choke (SFC) DC-DC and 105º C rated Japanese ceramic capacitors for plenty of overclocking headroom. Continuing InWin's theme of cable management, the system features modular cables for better organization.

InWin Serenity
Silent and powerful, Serenity delivers 900 watts of gaming-ready power.
[Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

InWin says its testing shows it to deliver roughly 92 percent efficiency at 50 percent load.  The PSU features a double ball-bearing silent 120 mm fan with variable fan speed control.  The PSU is available for $180 USD.

In terms of accessories InWin also showed off metallic "RockerMat 2" mousepads in orange, pink, violet.  The mat is expected to fetch around $40 USD.  Another mat, dubbed "BatMat" features a diamond-cut design, aluminum, with sandblasted rubber coating for smooth mouse movement, and a rubber bottom plate.  The mat weighs 450 g, measures 350 mm (13.780 in.) x 263 mm (10.354 in.) x 3 mm (0.118 in.).  It also retails for $40 USD.

InWin also showed off some tablet stands -- which come in five colors and feature the company's traditional colored aluminum style cues.  The iSeat Mini, a folded static stand design retails for $20 USD.  It weighs 130 g and features silicone "lips" to prevent scratching of the tablet.

iSeat
The iSeat Mini is a tablet-holder. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

The cheekily titled "iBite" is InWin's smartphone-holder, "grabbing" devices in its groove and propping them up.  It weighs 8 g retails for a modest $10 USD.

iBite
iBite is InWin's smartphone holder product. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

And last, but not least is the "Mr. Bubble".  Not to be confused with Major Lazer's dancehall hit or everyone's favorite brand of bubble bath, the InWin accessory is a hand-blown bulb of glass with an embedded metal post stand.  InWin brags that each Mr. Bubble is unique, blown by an expert craftsman. 

Mr. Bubble
Nothing says party time like "Mr. Bubble". [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

The glass bulbs are meant as a stylish headphone holder.  It comes in white, pink, grey, blue, brown, and purple.  At $60 USD some are sure to find the price a great deal, others will question the necessity of a headphone holder -- to each their own.

Source: InWin



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RE: Nice Cases
By Reclaimer77 on 1/15/2014 1:12:24 AM , Rating: 1
My new favorite case:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6764/fractal-design-...

If InWin can beat this in features and quality with an aluminum design, I'll be very impressed. We'll have to wait for the reviews to see.


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