InWin's latest PC cases are designed to be like origami. The company announced its new POC cases (it isn't clear as of publishing whether that's an acronym for something) late last week, claiming to promote "the development of dexterity skills both inside and out of a PC."
The $95 mini ITX cases, available on InWin's store, come in blue/black and green/yellow and ship in a flat pack. The set includes the pieces of the case, tools, a single 120mm fan and a PCIe 3.0 riser cable in a "tiny pizza box-like package." Replacement pieces sell for $18, except for the riser cable, which is $59 on its own.
There is a web browser-based assembly guide as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android to help guide you to fold the pieces together. You'll certainly want to follow the instructions carefully, lest you bend your case the wrong way.
The cases measure 17.6 x 16.4 x 1.78 inches (449 x 418 x 45 mm) and can fit GPUs 346 mm in length. They have a single 2.5-inch internal drive bay, have have three PCIe expansion slot (or can fit a 3.5-slot GPU). The GPU is in dedicated chamber to keep its heat away from the rest of the system.
InWin's flat-pack PC case isn't a first. Teenage Engineering introduced its Computer-1 back in 2021, which looks quite similar to the POC cases, though it initially shipped in a bright orange. It is also far more expensive at $195 ($249 for the silver, raw anodized aluminum). That case requires an SFF power supply, while InWin states that the POC still works with standard ATX PSUs up to 160 mm long.
The company is putting the POC underneath its "iBuildiShare" banner, which it says is supposed to lead to "a much more enriching PC-building experience." Other cases in this lineup include InWin's Case Monster, Airforce and Explorer designs.
Since the parts can be purchased and assembled separately, it wouldn't be surprising to see some mixing and matching. Because the parts need to be pre-folded and arrive in pieces, maybe we'll see some interesting mods — or at least some unique paint jobs.
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I can't believe they are shipping it with a PCI 3.0 riser cable. Granted, not all GPUs right now need more than PCI 3.0 x16 bandwidth, but surely if you're building a new rig today, you should get at least a PCI 4.0 riser cable. That would keep this case viable if you have a GPU that requires a PCI 4.0 x16 connection.Reply
I find the concept interesting, but I can see a couple issues with the folding. Feels like it would be easy not only to fold in the wrong direction, but also to bend parts. I also kinda have concerns about airflow for both the CPU and GPU. Especially the GPU. Might be overthinking on this one.Reply
Lastly, what kills the cases for me, though, is the color schemes. I personally find them atrocious...
I was interested until I saw the price and the riser cable. It should be much cheaper since the end user has to put it together.Reply
According to Inwin's web-site, it is a PCI-4 riser. Also the dimensions given here are for the flat pack - the case measures 423 x 278x256mm.Reply