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Frog Concept PC Case Features Instant-On Media

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

The design's pretty arbitrary, and the ideas backing it are not quite imaginative. But the concept could be an inspiration for future PC cases.

Looks like GMC (the PC case maker, not SUV manufacturer) slapped the "Frog" concept PC case together for the sake of presenting something new for COMPUTEX 2010. The not-entirely-working mock-up supposedly accepts mini-ITX motherboards, and has a small LCD screen on top for an instant-on media mode.

Also on the top are big dials to change the channel and set the volume level, playback controls, and separate power buttons for the PC and instant-on mode. On either side of the main unit are stereo speakers, while at the front is a cooling grill and a DVD drive slot. All in all, the Frog looks like the bastard child of a small PC and a stereo component.

Since the concept is called "Frog", it follows that the casing should feature green accents on a tacky shiny black plastic finish. Maybe GMC should've gone for the minimalist washed or gun metal look? Less plastic and more steel always adds a certain class to consumer electronics, don't you think? Here's to hoping that GMC—or another company—improves on the aesthetics while retaining the stereo-like form factor. It would be great to control everything in the living room—games and the rest—from one gadget that looks like a genuine appliance.

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    killerclick , June 3, 2010 5:18 PM
    Ribbit!
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    sliem , June 3, 2010 5:28 PM
    Price?

    That doesn't look like a frog at all.

    Too ugly and bulky to be an HTPC.
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    nforce4max , June 3, 2010 5:34 PM
    No thanks I'll stick with my rust bucket and Thermaltake Xaser V (silver with blue led).
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    victomofreality , June 3, 2010 10:10 PM
    I like the instant on media idea more computers should come with that.
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    Mr_Man , June 6, 2010 7:36 PM
    An ASUS motherboard I had a few years back had an instant-on feature where it would play music from the CD drive without booting to Windows if you pressed a key. I wonder if this isn't pretty similar to that.