CES 2013 CoverageBosco - January 9, 2013
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The first thing to catch our eye at the IN WIN booth was this absolute beauty of a case: the D-Frame. This all aluminum and glass monster is shipped completely disassembled to you to both save on shipping costs and to allow you to literally build your case from the ground up. Each piece of framework is aluminum and either anodized black (the motherboard tray and internal components) or powder-coated in extremely durable paint (the external tubular frame). Both orange and red frames were on display and the IN WIN staff were quick to point out that changing the color would be easy since the frame comes completely apart. Spray paint anyone? Both side panels are solid tempered glass and looked amazing. Pricing is projected to be in the $300 range when released.
Targeted at $65, the GT1 is aimed at the more budget-minded enthusiast that still desires great cooling performance and an aggressive appearance. The fully painted interior, along with the large side panel window, provide a stage to show off all your carefully constructed gaming parts.
Another high end case on display at the IN WIN booth was the H-Frame. $400 buys you a limited edition case built out of thick aluminum blades that literally has no walls to hold in any heat. The vertically stacked panels of aluminum are bolted together to provide structure and protection for whatever you fill the chassis with. Designed without reliance on case fans (because of thermal convection), the H-Frame should prove to be an exceedingly quiet case if you choose your components carefully. The case in the booth had a plexiglass panel on the left side, but the full retail case has yet another slab of aluminum that matches the right side panel.
IN WIN was also showcasing the G7 and GR One cases. The G7 is marketed toward the gamer who wants a simple, classy case without an aggressive appearance while the GR One looks to be styled similarly to the venerable HAF series from Cooler Master.
Also on display were a pair of mini-ITX cases intended for workstations, home theater PCs, and simply for those who wish to have a small and feature-packed computer. The K1 and K2 both have optional integrated monitor stands (with options for both single and dual monitors with VESA mounts), which allow for a very clean workspace.
Another set of eye-catching products at the IN WIN display was a solid, anodized aluminum mouse pad, aluminum iPhone stands, and aluminum iPad stands (though most tablets should fit just fine too). The Rocker Mat mouse pad feels almost like a weapon when held as it is extremely strong. The iBite (the iPhone stand) and the iSeat (the iPad stand) were also built from aluminum and felt extremely sturdy. Pricing was not mentioned for the Apple accessories, but the Rocker Mat is targeted at the $40 range, which is right in line with other full metal gaming pads.
The last thing we took a gander at in the IN WIN booth was its fine selection of power supplies. IN WIN builds its power supplies in its own factory, so these aren’t just units being rebranded with stickers and paint. The first line of interest is the GreenMe series of power supplies. Capacities range from 550 watts up to 750 watts and all of them are 80 Plus certified. The second set of power supplies were odd form factors that most of us will never really touch, so we didn’t really ask too many questions about them (sorry guys). The ASP is a secondary power supply designed to bolt up to a 5.25" bay and supplies 450 watts of clean power to your GPUs, as well as providing four amps of five volt USB power to charge your high-current USB devices. The last in the lineup is the Commander III (Desert Fox) series of partially modular power supplies designed to cater to the hardcore gamer in all of us. Power output ranges from 600 watts all the way up to 800 watts.