February 20, 2015, Portland OR, USA – CaseLabs showcases the X2 and X2M prototype ITX cases at PDXLAN 25.
These are prototypes and there may be changes before the cases are released. Pricing is preliminary and is also subject to change.
First up is the X2 in a brilliant white finish. This is the smaller of the two cases and if released, will be the smallest case in the CaseLabs lineup. In an effort to make the case as affordable as possible, CaseLabs has chosen to forgo their Flex-Bay system.
240 radiators are supported in the front and in the roof, though depending on depth, both may not be able to be used simultaneously. Primary pricing for theX2 is $150, which will make it CaseLabs most affordable case to date.
Both case feature easily reversible motherboard trays and support for 2.5 high graphics cards.
The X2M is shown in an attractive grey color. The X2M is approximately the same size as the previously release S3, but narrower. It also features CaseLabs Flex-Bay system, which allows the front drive bays to be utilized in a wide variety of configurations.
Like all of CaseLabs cases, a large side window is available to show off those internal components. 240/280 radiators are supported in the roof. Primary pricing for the X2M is $200, which is the same as the current Mercury S3.
- mITX form factor
- Full-size PSU support
- Supports full length video cards (2.5 slot cards okay)
- 240/280 radiator support in the roof with 55mm clearance
- 170mm cooling tower clearance
- 55mm of radiator clearance above motherboard (in a standard configuration)
- Removable motherboard plate
- Flex-Bay system (X2M only)
- Screwed together chassis
- Quick release exterior
- Drive support TBD
- Exterior dimensions TBD
- Primary Pricing $150 X2 / $200 X2M
We have been building enclosures for electronic, military, medical, and industrial applications since 1971.
When we needed to build a new workstation for engineering design and image rendering, finding an appropriate case proved to be the most challenging part of the project. They were either too limited to meet our changing needs or required way too much time and effort to set up.
In late 2010, we looked at what was available in the enthusiast case market and felt we could offer something that was significantly more flexible. Our goal was to design a case that was extremely modular and would allow a user to easily tailor the case to their exact needs without the need for difficult and time consuming modifications. The overwhelming majority of cases on the market impose strict design constraints; the choices for mounting hardware and cooling systems are very limited.
We wanted a design where we, as users, were in control, where we could make the design decisions, but we also didn’t want to spend hours or days modifying an “open box”, fabricating brackets, drilling holes, only to find out that we would need to change the layout again later. It needed to be easy to work on, where we could get in and out without any fuss. How many cases have you seen where the doors and covers are laying off to the side because they’re too much of a hassle to keep taking off and on?
We needed something that we could put together quickly and modify quickly when our needs changed, using standard components that we didn’t have to design and fabricate. Although we certainly had the resources to do that, it just didn’t make sense from a time and cost perspective. There had to be a better way…
… and the M8 and CaseLabs were born.