You can finally get your hands on Teenage Engineering’s absolutely tiny and absolutely orange Computer-1 PC case again, months after it initially went on sale and sold out. If you were really hoping to buy the $195 build-it-yourself mini-ITX case, you can: go to the company’s website and add it to your cart – although it’s probably worth brushing up on the specifics of the Computer-1 before you do.
When Teenage Engineering announced this case, we were concerned. There’s barely room for a modern graphics card (even this tiny RTX 3060 is bigger than Teenage Engineering recommends), the airflow situation seemed a bit suspicious, and the “think twice, bend once” warning in the assembly manual made the build process seem high. effort.
People who have since built-in systems in case say bending and the airflow are not a big problem, but they also found that the holes are not pre-tapped. That means screwing in can be a time-consuming forearm workout — not exactly the experience you’d expect with such an expensive piece of gear. (Quality Mini-ITX cases range from under $100 nasty around $200 – but they usually come pre-assembled).
That said, the Computer-1 is undeniably a fashion statement, something that can’t be said about the rather plain boxes most PCs call home (there are exceptions, of course). And while there may be better ways to spend $200 on an orange flatpack PC frame – the Playdate TE designed with Panic seems pretty fun and plenty stylish too – you don’t have many other options if you absolutely need a computer case. have one that looks inspired by the Half-Life HEV suit† Just be willing to spend a lot for something that you have to bend and build yourself; beauty doesn’t come cheap.