, I just signed up on the forum to post on this thread. The designs so far look great and I'm pretty sure I'll get one of your cases later this year. Haven't built my own system so far, so keep in mind this is an SFF noob posting here, but I'm trying to make up for it with good research.
I wanted to comment on the orientation of the devices in particular and point out the unique selling point specifically for the LZ7 XTD. Namely, having gone through the rather extensive SFF case list
, it seems to me that the LZ7 XTD is one of the very few devices that target full-size graphics cards in a horizontal shoebox format, rather than vertical tower or console style. In that subcategory, it's by far the smallest, definitely the thinnest (lowest) and fits not just one, but both of my potential use cases really well.
The reason I'm mentioning this specifically is because you state for the LXZ-12,
This prototype shows an ATX PSU fitted hence why the power cord has to be routed under the case to make room.
and the feet are mounted in a way that makes it stand up like a tower. So what I see as the right-hand side, you regard as the bottom. Obviously the case is flexible in whether it can stand upright or lie flat, I'm just hoping that the flat use case remains a first-class consideration. To provide some insight, I took some pictures of where I hope to put one or two future SFF cases in the future:
The idea being to replace the PS3. Between bottom glass and top metal bar, there are 19 cm of vertical space and about 4.5 cm extra between the bars / below the glass at the top. So as long as I can fit a case with less than 19 cm height, airflow at both top and bottom is probably okay. Ideal depth is about 30 cm, but could conceivably go past 40 cm too. It's hard to find an SFF case with less than 20 cm height, or even tower-style width, unless you go console-style with both motherboard and GPU lying flat. But the LZ7 XTD both fits the height and, compared to console-style cases, minimizes the footprint as well with apparently better airflow.
This is where your case really shines, because it's limited in all three dimensions. That's right, I fully intend to take this beautiful case and stick it in a barely noticeable knee-height shelf space. Sorry. But there's not a lot of space in and around this "SFF" bedroom corner desk. Judging by cases everywhere, it seems everyone and their dog has tons of open-air desk space and SFF just means small footprint. That's not the case here, my desk itself is tiny and the shelves, while height-adjustable, also require extra space for books and folders and all that jazz. Given that the LZ7 XTD proves the viability of a full-featured, well-ventilated case in this kind of space, this is the space budget that my new PC is going to get. Dimensions for the shelf box are 29w x 44d x 22h cm, open to airflow on both sides of the shelf.
You see how other cases have a hard time fitting, yours is perfect and comfortably fits a few more centimetres in each direction, too. A slight drawback for the second one in particular is that if I want the mobo to turn to the back, the power buttons are on the right... behind the shelf. But one could conceivably reach through the shelf, it's not a dealbreaker.
I fully assume that the LZX-12 dimensions will fit as well, because you're mostly just going for more GPU height, meaning horizontal-layout width (or depth, depending). So my post is really just about three things:
- I'm excited about the new designs, the carbon-style print rocks.
- Please make it work just as well for horizontal users and consider your unique positioning in the market.
- The LZX-15 I/O is on the GPU side. That's the opposite side compared to the LZ7 XTD and would be optimal for my (desk) shelf. Any chance of making the I/O side customizable (left or right) also on the LZX-12? I guess one could flip it upside down, but then I might lose the extra top panel air intake.
Thanks for working on these cases & take care!