Inwin has always been a company about innovating and their latest addition to their PC Case market is no different. Inwin’s website states “ At the core of InWin’s business concepts, which include “innovation, safety, service, warmness, speed, integrity, value, and diligence”, is “integrity”. It takes significant steps to map out plans that allow for wise business practice, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility.” This message from Inwin rings true when talking about their latest case the ALICE Chassis.
Similar to other PC Cases the ALICE Chassis is packaged in a large box with padding to make sure the PC doesn’t take much physical damage. Since the ALICE Chassis is unique in design and doesn’t feature fragile materials like glass it is unlikely that the ALICE Chassis will take much damage during shipment. The Chassis comes with an array of things inside. These are mostly things used to help move your PC into the chassis. Such as screws, zip ties, etc. However, they also include customizable covers for your PC. They included 2 in my review copy both of which had unique designs.
- Vertical computer chassis – the vertical layout of ALICE makes cable connectivity a breeze. The layout also allows heat to escape much easier and quicker with fewer obstructions present.
- Dust makes builders Mad as a Hatter! The accumulation of dust may cause too many problems. The cover is important to combat the dust and keep your system running smoothly.
- Strong, firm, and silent – four shock-proof stands are strategically placed on corners to effectively reduce vibrations, and also to provide balance for a stable base.
- Assemble with ease! – the PC building community is constantly evolving, and upgrades will happen. ALICE’s four-sided open frame is a platform for building with ease.
- Through a unique ascending design, the internal airflow transfers into an excellent unobstructed cooling airflow path that protects and extends the life of the system.
- New generation of chassis – We are thinking innovatively to improve The traditional heavy chassis. ALICE not only possesses a lighter frame, but maintains the durable and sturdy standard that we’ve set for ourselves!
It is no surprise that the ALICE Chassis is more unique than most other PC Cases. It is built with the idea of airflow all the way through the PC. It has a plastic mold around the outside making the chassis itself. To ensure that dust stays out of the PC they then provide a cloth cover to go over the case when you are done placing your PC inside. While this is a very unique idea and I have never seen it before the practicality of it is where it falls short. The ALICE Chassis is a very breathable case. Since there is no metal or glass trapping the parts inside they can breathe easily. However, when you are done moving your PC into the chassis you have to put on a cover. This is a rigorous process as you the cover is fit just right meaning sliding it on there is very tight and difficult. There is also a lot of shaking involved, which there is one thing you don’t want to do with your loose PC parts is shake them. They make it look very simple in their tutorial but after taking the covers on an off over a dozen times it is always a tedious 20+ minute process. I like the idea but if you are someone who is constantly in and out of your PC like me this just isn’t worth it.
Now as I mentioned before, the practicality of this thing isn’t the best. However, there is a use case for the ALICE Chassis. Perhaps if you are a younger person or you are building a PC for a younger person the ALICE Chassis would be great for them. This is because the case is durable and they likely won’t be going in and out of the PC too often. Therefore you can put the cover on and only take it off every few months or so. The case design looks great when you finally do put the cover on. Not to mention they have many different covers to choose from. They made the case as to customize the outside anytime you want “with ease” however, I can’t think of a worse way to spend half an hour.
If you are looking to upgrade your PC case to something more versatile look elsewhere. If you are someone who constantly maintains your PC and PC parts look elsewhere. If you are interested in unique designs and don’t mind the rigorous process of putting on covers then this might be for you. Otherwise, the only use case for this strange case would be for younger children who might be more prone to tipping your computer over. No doubt the ALICE Chassis is a great and unique design but it falls very flat when you consider the practicality of it.