We all want our PC rigs to look as clean as possible, but even the cleanest builds are not exactly straightforward regarding cable management and assembly. Furthermore, such machines are sometimes not easy to service. These are probably the thoughts of Nagao's engineers, who developed their N-Frame open-air chassis that combines simplicity, relative cleanness, serviceability, and even a mounting bracket for a display. It is the industry's first open-frame chassis for an all-in-one PC.
Nagao Seisakusho is an open-frame chassis specialist from Japan that has open-air chassis for various motherboard form factors and use cases. Nagao's latest development is its N-Frame-OP01 monitor mounting bracket (via momomo_us) that combines with one of its N-Frame open air chassis for ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX motherboards and essentially builds an open frame all-in-one PC. The monitor bracket has 75x75 and 100x100 VESA mounting holes, whereas the N-Frame PC chassis have a handle, which means that one can build a LAN party frag 'box' using Nagao's chassis.
Such a LAN party frag 'box' will probably not be the most compact. Still, it will undoubtedly look awe-inspiring, be easily serviceable, and have no airflow problems. In addition, the case will support all graphics cards regardless of their dimensions or how much heat they generate. Of course, graphics card compatibility will depend on the power supply used. Still, since it supports a variety of PSUs, the chassis can work with all graphics boards available today.
Another factor to consider is the weight balance between the system and the display, and this challenge might be pretty puzzling because you never know the exact weight of desktop components.
Products from Nagao are available from select retailers in Japan. Those interested in buying the company's open frame chassis can do it from Amazon.co.jp.
It does look great and seems great.
What I would be concerned about is damage to fans/ports by accidentally knocking into components or having stray objects lodge in them.
This puts them closer to the user than ever, so there's going to be an want to run fans at even lower rpms or opting for passive cooling.
While you might get lucky with your components, I've actually seen damage done by ESD on boards and components, especially on dry rooms with carpets and on dry climate, which at the component level greatly reduce their lifetime, which is why I mentioned that if you're OK buying equipment on a regular, don't bother.
I don't have time at the moment to post some good studies on it, but if you have access to a research database, do some looking. Here's one:
Not that there are many of those left, sadly.
All you need is a well-meaning relative with a duster, or a toddler with a handful of quarters and a screwdriver.
Or just a cat.
Probably not a good choice for anyone not living alone.