In Win's Expensive Open-Air Case, Robotic WinBot, & Wood Panels

By Published June 04, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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In Win wouldn’t deign to bring something so pedestrian as a “normal” chassis to Computex. In Win demonstrated two new case concepts—the Floating and the Winbot—that exemplify In Win’s commitment to mostly surpass themselves when it comes to feats of case engineering.

In addition to the technical marvels, In Win’s Computex exhibition included an array of other products including new cases from the 800 and 300-series, which will include wood in their design. Other new chassis from In Win are the 301C and 101C. In Win also showed off their new line of fans, the MARS and Polaris RGB case fans, which we’ve seen in limited capacity at previous shows. In Win’s new magnetic Mag-Ear headphone holder, ostensibly created in the vein of NZXT’s Puck, made an appearance, along with cases on display with the latest EKWB cooling products on show, presumably in honor of their revealed co-operative arrangement from earlier this year.

 

In Win Winbot

The Winbot is spherical, dome-shaped case with most of the radius being plexiglass, and the internal structure being aluminum. The Winbot can house E-ATX motherboards, and GPUs that are 340mm in length, and 160mm in height. Additionally, Winbot offers access to 8x PCIe slots, 4x HDD/SSD bays, 3x 120mm fans in front, 2x 120mm fans in back, support for a 360mm radiator, and PSUs that are up to 210 x 150 x 96mm. The onboard I/O comes in the form of 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.0 ports, and HD audio. The sphere opens via actuation of an electrical switch to provide access to the interior.

The Winbot can recognize both hand gestures and voice commands through proprietary software. Moreover, Winbot is also able to accept commands from Amazon Alexa for voice control, with a camera for facial recognition. No word on pricing and availability – but it’ll be high price and low availability, as with the H-Tower.

The Floating

in win floating 1

In Win’s “Floating” is a new take on a minimalist open-air case – or lack thereof, rather. The Floating is essentially a vertical wall of reflective tempered glass and aluminum, with aluminum supports in certain areas for affixing components on either side. The upper-left corner contains a read-out (visible through the glass) that outputs temperature, fan speed, and other vitals. The Floating will support motherboards up to E-ATX, GPUs up to 360mm, and PSUs up to 220mm. Being that the Floating is bereft of any side panels, there are theoretically no clearance issues with CPU heatsinks to speak of. The Floating can accommodate 8x PCIe slots and features 2x 2.5” SSD bays. The cooling layout offers support for 3x 120mm fans or a 360mm radiator on either side. The Floating offers connectivity options such as 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.0 ports, and the usual HD audio.

Like the Winbot, pricing and availability are not known. It’s also worth mentioning that both “cases” may not even make it to market.

In Win Polaris and Mars Fan Specs

In Win also debuted a pair of new 120mm fans and implemented some unique touches in an effort to eschew traditional fan design. Staring with the Polaris, the fan measures 120 x 120 x 25mm and uses a thin frame with 6x LEDs encased in a transparent shroud. In Win is targeting the audible sensitive with the Polaris model, as they rate the noise output at just 20dBA, and the Polaris is equipped with rubber feet for dampening noise/vibration. The Polaris fans are capable of moving 43 CFM of air, spin at 1280 RPMs, use a sleeve type bearing, and the LEDs are white (non-RGB).

The Mars fans also measure 120 x 120 x 25mm. The Mars frame, shroud, and arm are all made of aluminum, and the fan uses a 360° rotating hinge; the rotating hinge and arm are affixed to the frame. This theoretically allows users to mount the fan in a typical 120mm fan space, but direct airflow in a number of directions. The Mars fan also makes use of a modular cable design. The Mars series of fans use a sleeve bearing, have a noise level of 25dBA, spin at 1400 RPM and do not have LEDs.

No word on price/availability.

Gaming Cube A1, 305, 806

in win 806 wood

In Win’s newfangled focal point of case design is wood, and they now offer a trinity of cases featuring flourishes of laminated wood. All the chassis use a mixture of aluminum, tempered glass, and laminated wood for construction. The 806 uses Senwood, the A1 uses Cyprus, and the 305 uses Maple, all of which must be heated and bent to shape. The manufacturing process takes approximately 20 minutes per panel, which drives up case cost (In Win is targeting $250 for the 806). Furthermore, all the cases use In Win’s new mounting system for the glass panels; rather than thumb screws, these cases use plastic knobs that snap in and out. All cases offer some form of radiator support, removable dust filters, and on-board USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connectivity.

In Win 806 Specs, 305 Specs, Cube A1 Specs

Model

Gaming Cube A1

305

806

Form Factor

Mini-ITX

Mid-Tower

Mid-Tower

Construction Materials

Laminated Wood/Tempered Glass/Aluminum

Laminated Wood/Tempered Glass/Aluminum

Laminated Wood/Tempered Glass/Aluminum

HDD/SSD Bays

2x 2.5”

2x 2.5”

2x 3.5”

2x 2.5”

2x 3.5”

Motherboard

Mini-ITX

Mini-ITX

Micro-ATX

ATX

Mini-ITX

Micro-ATX

ATX

PSU

SFX

ATX

ATX

PCIe Slots

2x Slots

7x Slots

8x Slots

On-board I/O

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

2x USB 3.0

HD Audio

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

3x USB 3.0

2x USB 2.0

HD Audio

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

2x USB 3.0

HD Audio

Dimensions (MM)

200 x 268 x 340

500 x 248 x 485

215 x 468 x 490

Fans

1x 120mm (Side)

1x 120mm (Rear)

1x 120mm (Bottom)

3x 120mm (Top)

1x 120mm (Rear)

3x 120mm (Bottom)

2x 120mm (Top)

2x 120mm (Rear)

2x 120mm (Bottom)

Radiator

1x 120mm

1x 120mm (Rear)

1x 360mm (Top)

1x 240mm (Top)

1x 120mm (Rear)

CPU Cooler Clearance

160mm

160mm

170mm


301C, 101C

In Win’s 301C and 101C are a pair of more basic mid-towers. Both chassis have tempered glass panels with In Win’s new quick release knobs, RGB illuminated I/O ports, and support for 360mm radiators. The 101C has support for an additional 240mm radiator along the side, as well as USB 3.1 Type-C on the front I/O.

The 301C and 101C will sell for $90 and $80, respectively. No word on when these cases ship, though.

Editorial: Eric Hamilton
Host: Steve Burke
Video: Keegan Gallick

Last modified on June 04, 2017 at 8:12 pm

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