If you are a fan of unusual builds for pcyou might like this new release from Nagao Seisakushō, a Japanese open-frame chassis specialist. Instead of locking all the components inside the chassis, Nagao frees them up, and this time, the company spiced up the build with an unexpected detail.
Nagao ends To present a monitor mounting bracket that goes with its outdoor chassis, allowing customers to build a fully portable all-in-one PC by themselves.
Nagao is a brand that makes outdoor chassis for all kinds of motherboard sizes and use cases, including standard ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. The company has several options in play that allow users to customize their PCs beyond what a typical chassis usually allows.
first seen by @momomo_us on Twitterand known as the “N-Frame PC chassis”, these open-air “cases” allow you to build your PC from scratch in a neat way.
As seen in the images including the mounting bracket, the result is unlike anything else we’ve seen. The photos show the potential of the chassis, with a Graphic card massive completely unchecked by the size of the motherboard. The monitor is suspended on the side of the chassis, with the motherboard and components directly behind it. The entire setup is highly upgradable, easy to monitor, and, in all likelihood, delightfully easy to clean. (Did you know that you should clean the inside of your PC once every few months?)
The best all-in-one PCs typically keep the components inside the display, just like Apple’s gorgeous 24-inch iMac. On the other hand, it’s hard to deny that Nagao’s vision definitely scores some points when it comes to uniqueness, and for real PC performance, it’s certainly useful. Instead of cramming things into an ultra-narrow space, components get very cold just by being out in the open.
Although Nagao’s products seem like a lot of fun to an enthusiastic PC builder, they aren’t directly available in the United States. However, you can check them out on the Japanese version of Amazon if you want to try them out. A Nagao Open Frame Micro-ATX chassis costs 14,955 Japanese Yen, which works out to around $112.
Getting rid of the chassis when building a new PC certainly has a range of benefits, from increased airflow to the fact that it looks pretty cool. It’s also easier when you don’t have to worry as much about the size of components, and cable management becomes less of an issue when you have plenty of space and options to organize them. Also, maintaining an open frame PC is quite easy; after all, everything is out in the open and within easy reach. However, builds like Nagao’s are not without their problems, and seeing a handle on top of the PC, especially with a monitor mounted on it, raises the question of security.
No doubt Nagao will have tested the hardware before releasing it. It’s still a bit scary to imagine what could happen if the monitor ends up weighing more than the rest of the chassis, which, depending on the size of the screen, is entirely possible. The monitor stand has 75 x 75 and 100 x 100 VESA mounting holes which could translate to a pretty big screen.
Once an all-in-one PC based on Nagao’s products is built, it can be carried anywhere with ease thanks to the additional handle. This, once again, can make one feel a bit apprehensive. Imagine the slightest spill or accidentally scratching your beastly graphics card… Not likely, but it could happen. If you wanted to try this out for yourself, you’d have to weigh the pros and cons and decide how much portability you want to risk with your unique build.