InWin’s Alice chassis is curiouser and curiouser

InWin has been in the PC chassis game longer than most other companies; I bought my first InWin case when PCs were still beige and my monitor weighed 40-plus pounds. They’ve earned the right to do something weird now and again; that’s exactly what Inwin’s new chassis, titled Alice, is. Alice is weird.

With the Alice case, InWin is going for lightweight durability. The case is made primarily from ABS plastic with metal mounting zones for the motherboard and power supply.

“The Alice chassis is designed to allow the easiest PC hardware installation ever,” In Win says in the press release. The case features a removable steel motherboard tray that you can assemble your system on, and then slide into place. The case features a vertical mounting design that InWin says provides better cooling and easier cable routing. Once you’re done building it, the case comes with a gray polyester sleeve that slides down over it like a sock. The case also features two integrated carrying handles and a top dust cover available in orange or dark grey.

Without the sleeve, the case looks more like a milk crate than it does a PC chassis, but milk crates aren’t equipped with an exhaustive list of specs like the Alice case.

A roomy interior

InWin is calling the Alice a MidTower-sized case. It can handle ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards up to 12″ x 9.6″, and offers eight PCI expansion slots. You’ll be able to fit a graphics card up to 300-mm in length and a CPU cooler up to 195-mm tall inside. Power supplies up to 220-mm long will fit, too. For drives, InWin has slots for three 2.5-inch drives and one 3.5-inch drive.

On the cooling front, there’s a spot for a single 120-mm fan or radiator on the top and three 120-mm fans or a 360-mm radiator on the bottom. The whole case measures 24.7″ x 11.6″ x 17.5″ (or 628 x 294 x 445mm) and weighs just 8.16 lbs.

This is a really weird case, but it makes a lot of sense for a certain crowd. For the Team Test Bench, what the Alice chassis amounts to is essentially a test bench case with a fast-release wraparound air filter Its light size means that it’s easy to move around, and the vertical motherboard mount makes cabling a lot easier. If you’re more into an “in progress” PC than a finished one, Alice starts to make a little more sense.

Durable polyester upholstery

One thing InWin has left out of all of this is other options for that dust cover. On the official site, InWin has 13 colors and almost as many patterns in photographs, but the site makes no mention of them in the text. InWin poses the Alice as a case that you can make look exactly how you want but offers no official options that I can see to let you do so. Maybe you could slide a Fortnite shirt over it and call it your smart, boxy son.

The Alice PC chassis itself is on sale at Amazon right now for $55.

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They barely even included a power button. No IO besides that unless you pull the top off? Your cabling just spills out the top?

CyberKender
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Interesting idea. Definitely good for the ‘always tinkering’ crowd. The drop-in system tray is a great idea. I think I would prefer one made of metal and with solid sides, tho.

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Milk crate tech, love it. Best use of windows in a case.

Maikalwolf
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Take my money please!!!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

(Damage Cat looks at top of chassis) If it is made of warms, then I sits.

Wirko
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Wirko

For those large, long haired cats.

Marc Vertido
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Marc Vertido

I like the idea, but it doesn’t seem to be aimed at the quiet PC crowd.

Waco
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Waco

I like everything about this. If I didn’t have a bay-mounted pump/reservoir I’d be ordering one ASAP.

Mark
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I just can’t see anything other than Milk crate. I do like the idea though 🙂

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