Prototype SLATE AIR & AQ, (15.4L and 19.9L) >>HUGE CHANGES<< modular cooling, Looking for Feedback!

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@TaylorChiller I just made an account just to ask about this case. Have been lurking around since the first post but now it's been a while since the last update. How is the case progressing? Any speculation about a release date?
 

TaylorChiller

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@TaylorChiller I just made an account just to ask about this case. Have been lurking around since the first post but now it's been a while since the last update. How is the case progressing? Any speculation about a release date?
Hey thanks for reaching out! I do appreciate it. Things slowed down here and they have a lot to do with our current economy. I still have plans/hopes to release this case first half of next year. I've been doing my best to work with various factories for a pricing that will encourage what I feel people will pay for the design I've made. Factories do many things to to make sure a client is committed to them and it has direct effects to costs. It's been on my mind lately to start producing more content at least to let all of you know that I'm here and it's still in progress. Hope you can be patient.
 

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Just a small feedback - the 15 L for Air sounds cool, but for 15 L, I am surprised it doesn't accomodate a much larger CPU cooler (130 mm+) and a much more flexible GPU - 3 slot / 315 mm length +

I would expect 11 - 12 L for what it currently offers. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Just a small feedback - the 15 L for Air sounds cool, but for 15 L, I am surprised it doesn't accomodate a much larger CPU cooler (130 mm+) and a much more flexible GPU - 3 slot / 315 mm length +

I would expect 11 - 12 L for what it currently offers. Just my 2 cents.
Hey @jaeparku , yes you're right. Based on current designs you could get that in 11-12L. Although there is one aspect to this design that functionally needs that space. In earlier posts I described this case to be more aesthetically oriented. You'll notice that the I/O is on the bottom, this requires use of about 2.2L. it's the cost of making the cables less crowded. For the cooling, I've made the width 180mm. Generally you can do 170. I wanted to make a design that didn't require the use of mesh on the sides. Just the front and back for more linear airflow. This also takes a little bit more. Without these features it would be around 11-12L. Thanks for your feedback. I've considered carrying the same aesthetics to a future design that would be even smaller :)
 

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Hey @TaylorChiller ! After lurking around various forums for a long time I literally made an account just to express how amazing the concept for this case is and how appreciative we all are for your accessibility on this forum and dedication to the project. Really interested in the Air version but because there have been so many changes I'm a little confused about the materials being used.

Will the case be constructed of aluminium or sheet metal? Also will the front/back panels be made of metal (steel?) as well or mesh or plastic? Finally will there be an option for a full front panel with no power button cut out (maybe we could locate the switch on the back) for those of us that prefer the most minimal look? I'd be willing (and most likely many others here as well) for an aluminium option even it increases costs in order to guarantee quality and premium feel.

Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide!
 

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Hey everyone, sorry for the delay. Things have been stressful lately. I need to keep you all updated more often. It's been a reoccurring hurdle to work with factories as I've mentioned before and seeing other cases being released with similar designs is interesting since it validates our progress, however it does put even more pressure on the development of this project.

Currently I'm working with two different factories to get the best price I can for everyone. I make sure to answer your questions in the next couple days. As always thank you for your support and patience!
 

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Wow, this looks a lot like your case and even has the bottom oriented I/O. It's just ugly lol.
Yup, I knew things like this were going to happen if Im not able to hit a certain schedule. You can also see the IO looks like it is also removable and swappable like I wanted too. I think we are still in a nice spot though, I just need to make sure the design is proportional to the price people will need to pay. Large companies typically can get lower prices simply because they can shove more money at the front of the production process.
 

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Hey @TaylorChiller ! After lurking around various forums for a long time I literally made an account just to express how amazing the concept for this case is and how appreciative we all are for your accessibility on this forum and dedication to the project. Really interested in the Air version but because there have been so many changes I'm a little confused about the materials being used.

Will the case be constructed of aluminium or sheet metal? Also will the front/back panels be made of metal (steel?) as well or mesh or plastic? Finally will there be an option for a full front panel with no power button cut out (maybe we could locate the switch on the back) for those of us that prefer the most minimal look? I'd be willing (and most likely many others here as well) for an aluminium option even it increases costs in order to guarantee quality and premium feel.

Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide!
Hey thanks for reaching out! The design is a mix of aluminum, sheet metal, and a few plastic parts. Do not fret over the plastic though! Making a quality plastic part has a lot to do with the geometry and surface finish. In this case the front panels are plastic, and they have good wall thicknesses and some ribs to ensure rigidity, and since it is a simple tooling the surface finish will also be easy to get right.
 
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