I love this inadequate new PC case with expanding and contracting vents that respond to the ambient temperature of the device. the Kinetic series Housing comes from CyberPowerPC, which swears it didn’t stick an Iris of Deus Ex triangles on a PC just because it looks cool. In fact, it isn’t even allegedly look cool.
“We pushed ourselves to think beyond aesthetics and put more emphasis on honest, functional design that has a purpose,” said Nam Hoang, Creative Director of CyberPowerPC, in the unveiling video above. “We asked ourselves, can a chassis do more and be more than just a box full of holes?”
A few things:
- It’s still a box full of holes.
- Ventilation openings that technically open and close fulfill a function, but also leather straps, and I’ve never seen a steampunk cosplayer and thought, “Man, what a functional outfit.”
In other words, I’m a little skeptical that aesthetics were not considered when designing the CyberPowerPC Kinetic Series case. It seems like a waste to own one without positioning it so that the control-style vents are visible on your webcam.
But there could be something to it. If the closed vents really reduce fan noise and dust pickup during the many hours a PC is relatively cool (when not playing a game), I’ll accept that the hinge triangles really serve a purpose.
I’m probably not the best connoisseur of these things: My PC is screwed into an open-air aluminum chassis. The only function of the chassis is to hold my PC, which it does perfectly. I am clearly one of the “modern minimalists” that CyberPowerPC overcomes with this design.
While I love the concept, whether it’s redundant or not, I don’t like the look of the actual triangles which are a dull 3D printed plastic quality. Perhaps this is just the beginning of a new trend in PC cases, however. Move over transparent LCD side panels: It is time for PCs to begin their long evolution into mecha. (A more extreme approach is the custom “breathing” pc that we saw last year.)
You can learn more about this “coming soon” case and the other CES reveal from CyberPowerPC on his website. And here it is Rest of our CES 2022 coverage, including some big announcements from Nvidia and AMD.