(Photo: Nagao)Open air PC cases are nothing new, as they’ve always existed at the upper echelon of “nerd cred” builds. Hanging all your PC gear out for everyone to see just looks cool, period. Plus, it makes upgrades and maintenance a heck of a lot easier and improves airflow. Now an open air chassis maker from Japan has added a new twist to the design: it’s added a mount for your monitor. This effectively allows it to be an all-in-one (AIO), open air PC. It even includes a handle at the top, so you can easily take it to LAN parties.
The chassis is called the N-Frame, and it’s made by Nagao Seisakusho. According to Tom’sHardware, this company specializes in open air chassis designs. The N-Frame chassis is the star of the show here, and it supports a wide variety of motherboards sizes. E-ATx, ATX, mATX, and mini-ITX are all supported. The manufacturer has now crafted a part called the N-Frame-OP01 monitor mounting bracket. This lets you mount a monitor to the rear of the chassis. The result is a truly unique look for a PC, as it’s essentially an open air, all-in-one computer. The monitor bracket features both 75×75 and 100×100 VESA mounting holes. This mount supports a monitor that weighs up to 30 lbs, so pretty much any monitor will work. Even something fancy like a 34″ gaming monitor only weighs around 15 lbs or so, so it’ll hold almost anything.
The N-Frame is built to deliver an almost cable-free look for your PC. There’s a large metal shroud at the bottom that you can tuck all your PSU cables into. There appears to be a 2.5″ SSD sitting on top of the shroud as well, with cables going through the back. Nagao is cheating a bit though here as we noticed the six-pin auxiliary CPU power port is empty. Still, making the wiring look clean on a case like this looks like it would be a walk in the park. You would also be able to hide any cables going up the back behind the monitor. That’s one ancillary benefit of using the optional monitor bracket.
Although this is certainly a unique-looking PC, we have to say there’s one thing we don’t like about it. That is the fact that you can’t see any of the hardware when you’re staring at the monitor. The whole point of an open air chassis is to be able to gave adoringly on your meticulously curated hardware, in all its glory. But with a monitor installed, you’d have to rotate the whole thing around, hiding the motherboard, GPU, and water block. All that said, it would be one hell of a flex to carry this to a LAN party.