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Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:28

Asus wants the shipping container to be the PC case

Written by Nick Farell


Ideas of our time
At Cebit Taiwan's Asus has been showing off a clever idea to make the computer's shipping container the PC case.

From June the outfit will ship one of its Mini ATX motherboards in a PC case. It holds the motherboard snug for shipping and is constructed so additional components required to make a PC can be added.

Asus spokesperson Debby Lee said that there were punch-out holes for ventilation and a real panel that houses the PC's connectors and interfaces. She said that the big idea was that the box is intended to allow PC enthusiasts to get their new computers up and running quickly while they search for the perfect case.

Lost of people spend a lot of time looking for the right sort of case and this version will work until they find a box with the right stuff. Of course it is cheap and cheerful and it is not going to last forever but you could get up to a year's life out of it.  Still it is a pretty good idea and saves you having to take an enormous box to the skip when the motherboard arrives.

Nick Farell

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+24 #1 bigmfkr 2011-03-03 11:54
Love this idea
 
 
-4 #2 Super XP 2011-03-03 15:02
You Mean = "Lots" of people spend a lot of time looking for the right sort................just wanted to correct you.
 
 
-1 #3 joe pineapples 2011-03-03 16:23
Ok for testing the board right away before comitting to a case, but other than that a gimmick and looks like it uses twice as much material as a traditional mobo box. Yes it will recycle, but the amount clawed back is always less, so have to say /FAIL.
 
 
+1 #4 dicobalt 2011-03-03 17:24
A cardboard case? Oh yea that is totally safe. It should have no problem passing regulatory requirements.

Reminds me of an episode of Top Gear where they accidentally set two mobile homes on fire.
 
 
+8 #5 nECrO 2011-03-03 18:12
When case and PC modding first started making headlines, a friend of mine built a cheap rig inside a cardboard box as a joke. It was butt ugly, but original. As for safety and fire issues, he still has it and its been nearly 10 years. Not that I would trust it....
 
 
+1 #6 Tranzz 2011-03-03 23:09
Very confusing article. A shipping container is a very large container used on ships. Took a second to realise what you were going on about. Shipping containers have been used as computers.
http://www.sun.com/service/sunmd/
If in any doubt google "shipping container"
 
 
+4 #7 GrumpyOldMan 2011-03-04 02:42
Quoting Tranzz:
Very confusing article. A shipping container is a very large container used on ships. Took a second to realise what you were going on about. Shipping containers have been used as computers.
http://www.sun.com/service/sunmd/
If in any doubt google "shipping container"


Can't see the video on the page.

Having the whole world (minus China, India) going green sounds nice. Reduce your carbon footprint but double world population?? That is actually burying us more in more of landfill everyday!! Until someone in the Catholic and Islamic faiths say it is ok to wear a condom, it's pointless in keeping up with "go green".

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