Sleek Designs, Little Innovation: 4 Barebone Cases Compared


None of the four mini-PC cases we tested was able to really win us over, nor did they show even the slightest hint of innovation. The flip-top opening mechanism found on the TACens THECA and the Aplus Blockbuster II BM, for example, is a very handy solution, but it's hardly a new idea, either. Gigabyte already used this exact solution two years ago with its CB91.

While saying that the €70 you would spend on any one of these cases is completely wasted, there are definitely better ways to invest it. Barebone PCs such as those made by Gigabyte and Shuttle are one option, which already come equipped with a motherboard, a PSU and a CPU fan. While it is true that these barebones cost more than €70, you would end up saving money in the long run. Sadly, things have quieted down in the barebone arena, and nothing much is heard from Shuttle & co, creating a certain niche for mini-PC cases such as those reviewed here. Still, we found none of the candidates really compelling.

Siggy Moersch