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post #21 of 441
As IT Diva notes in her latest build, better window sizes / matching heights. And, of course, with glass options in lieu of acrylic. She opens up the windows and evens them up to good effect.
post #22 of 441
- Tempered Glass (on a hinged door)
- More modern exterior aesthetics
- USB C
- While I agree HDD's are used less, don't eliminate cages, just have one or two that are "hidden" behind the motherboard.
- Same with 5.25" bays. If not using flexbay on Gemini, a way to add one or two 5.25" devices.
- DUST FILTERS
- Would be nice to see a legit dual system option from Case Labs as well.
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post #23 of 441
I'd like to see my S8 parts that I ordered back on May 9th 2017, lol.biggrin.gif

I kid, I kid! I know you're still catching up with orders.

Just a thought regarding the tempered glass option that keeps cropping up.
Decades ago, I had an old Lian-Li case that used aluminum channels to mount the plexi panel in the door, they bolted to the door, the plexi panel slid into the channels.
That could eliminate having to drill mounting holes in the glass when fitting it to the case door.

I'd also like to see swing-out hinged doors for the S8.
Not quite as fancy as the gull-wing door creations from the Diva, but an interesting option, lol.
Speaking of that, how about a lighted mid panel for the S8?smile.gif

Edit:
In lieu of hinged doors, and this would apply to all of the removable panels, I'd like to see an improvement to the attachment system of the panels.
It's wonderful having removable panels and doors, but they are so damn hard to pull off the case with the current system that uses the pegs and clips.
Perhaps some kind of a magnetic tab as used on some cabinets?
Edited by DerComissar - 6/12/17 at 6:06pm
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post #24 of 441
Here are some suggestions, mostly based on the SMA8, because that's what I have tongue.gif
Yeah, tempered glass side panels, that can be purchased for existing cases
Maybe more cages for mechanical HDDs at the back? Some people want to get rid of them completly but I want to fit more than 2 HDDs in my build without getting an adapter for the front
The bottom side cover that's on the side with the window is pretty hard to remove, maybe find a way to make it easier
The option to have a 100% solid midplate, without the little removable piece at the end for front mounted 480 radiators.


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post #25 of 441
I'd be keen for a mATX case somewhere in size between the bullet BH4 and the Mercury S5, dual chamber design, support for dual 280mm radiators, probably only needs one HDD mount and a few SSD mounts.
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post #26 of 441
I would love something like the SMA8 but less extreme. Perhaps a 7 slot case? I think it would have more mass appeal and you could expand your offering in the magnum single wide series

Pros:

Hidden PSU
Full basement for radiator and cable management
Motherboard chamber that puts all the bling front and centre.
Flex Bays in the MoBo chamber for rads fans and everything else (9 flex bays max to give it that full uniform look when used with a 120.3 radiator mount).

Cons:

It's way too DEEP, unless you have dual pump/res combo.
Flex Bays in the basement? What for?
No drop- in radiator option for the top.
The inlaid door handle is a little to utilitarian for me. Delete it, increase the window size and design a sleeker door catch/handle.
post #27 of 441
Thread Starter 
A lot of great comments and suggestions thumb.gif I really appreciate this everyone smile.gif
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post #28 of 441
Warning, what follows is verbose and not easily texted…

Before I get started, let me just say I own an SMA8 and it’s the only CaseLabs case I’ve ever owned and can speak to from actual experience. Still, I’ve read plenty about the other models by way of this and other forums, and find they all more or less share some things in common.

Whether or not they were originally designed to cater to a few niche markets at certain price points, that’s what they appear to do today. They’re well made, solid, and built using the sort of quality materials we used to see in (e.g.) Corsair and Silverstone products a decade or more back. They also lend a great deal of truth to the adage “you get what you pay for,” for the most part (more on that in the next paragraph, where I get on my podium);

Part of the equation that factors into getting what you pay for involves customers’ sales and aftermarket experiences (more so the former in this instance). While these certainly seem to have already been beaten to death (ad nauseam?) given the number of relatively recent comments here on OCN, such practices can and do impact a brand’s marketability both from the standpoints of marketers and those with the cash in their hands looking to buy.

‘Nuff said on that (it’s that ad nauseam thing), but I will make two recommendations:

If you advertise a certain shipping date, by all means do your best to adhere to it, customer’s really don’t want to hear excuses. Yes things happen, but the bottom line (your bottom line) will be determined by just how happy your customers remain. If you can’t meet the deadlines you’ve promised, let your customers know up front (my second recommendation, transparency). Looks like you’re try to get a handle on things now, so good on you and we’ll see how it goes (and my apology if this seems out of context for this thread. Again, I love my SMA8).

Now for my on topic recommendations, most of which are repeats (some verbatim) of what has already been suggested:

NOTE: while a number of these are neither easy implemented, nor necessarily inexpensively accomplished, you might consider increasing your pricing for such options. Maybe do so at higher cost to those customers who would like these options, as well as grasp the reasons why they need to be priced and paid for accordingly).

  • Tempered glass for windows (one of my preferences, though I have a fairly sound understanding of what it takes to implement such an offering. I priced such a window myself for my SMA8, and a one off would cost me upwards of $200 when it was all said and done; that includes my providing the artwork myself, which is on my to do list);
  • USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 options (probably a good idea now that the technology has gotten there);
  • I don’t see any real need to mess with the HDD mounting options, as your existing accommodations for them are adaptable enough that people can choose to use them or lose them. By people, I mean any respectable case modder. That said, perhaps modify the areas where HDDs can be mounted to also accept SDD mount brackets to satisfy those craving such. I’ve got a two ton arbor press here that I might just use for that purpose someday;
  • Bring back customization and two tone support (agreed, certainly couldn’t hurt if you find the means to eventually support it again, at least logistically speaking; again, maybe do so at higher cost to those customers who would like the option; also include the primer option again);
  • Possibly a vertical GPU mounting solution where motherboards are mounted vertically. If trends continue with respect to the use of multiple GPUS, making such available might help alleviate “that empty feeling” I’ve heard mention of in examples built using your larger offerings. Some seem to categorize it as an aesthetics issue;
  • Retrofit the SMA8 to include drop in radiator mounting, if at all possible. I’d also like to see an option to mount 140’s up top; again, if possible;
  • A sliding mid-plate would be nice, at least one you could slide in and out once the screws were removed; not sure how much that would impact the structural integrity of your cases though, where implemented;
  • Maybe some additional ventilation in the side panels which don’t have windows. Just food for thought, while I’m also thinking about dust filters (another option to consider, I’m not crazy about DEMCifilters);
  • More modern exterior aesthetics? Not sure about this one. I’m more of a utility look and feel guy myself.


Lastly something that hasn’t been suggested in this thread yet, but tweaks my grey matter: lighting options. For example, mid-plate acrylic lightboxes, channels & strips for use there and elsewhere in the cases, etc. They’re easy enough to install once they properly designed/produced, and you might even think about sourcing them somewhere else. I’ve seen excellent third party examples, mostly out of Deutschland. If you use the right materials and layouts, such mid-plate lightboxes should also be modifiable to accommodate pass-through tubing;

That sums it up for now, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t covered everything I could think of. My apologies (again) if I seemed long winded. I’m a long-winded sort of guy (with decades of experience hanging around think and thoughtless tanks).
Edited by iamjanco - 6/12/17 at 7:20pm
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post #29 of 441
I will just repeat a few things but I want to just show interested. I have an SMA8 (hands down the best case and after owning this I am ruined from owning another brand lol)


1. Motherboard tray that is not so recessed, now I know you guys could fix this also with just some longer MB standoffs and moving the I/O holes either or. With several X99/Z170 boards with the way the SMA8 sits now it makes it diffucult to plug in some of the Sata and on my EVGA x99 classified it was almost impossible without putting strain on the MB to plug in the PCIE additional power (ended up shaving the connector quite a bit)
2. Tempered Glass windows, just for the sake of easy cleaning. Now a whole case no thank you I am too OCD for a whole glass case lol
3. Built in dust filters
4. Wire grommets in the front of the mid plate towards the door to let gpu cabling come straight up and into vs from the back of the MB tray around to the front I just feel this cleans up some of the look

Other than these three I am at a lost of wants lol Maybe a USB Front panel with no coloring if possible (just keeps all the weird colors to a min) lol

Other than that you guys make some dang killer cases as is thumb.gif
Edited by Iceman2733 - 6/12/17 at 7:14pm
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post #30 of 441
-As nearly every other post in this thread has suggested, tempered glass and (magnetic?) dust filters please. I know the question of tempered glass side panels has come up in regards to Caselabs in a few other threads and the answer is usually something to do with the prohibitive cost, but there are a number of cases well under $200 and some even under $100 coming out soon offering glass panels. I realize they may have smaller panels and huge volume orders for glass but it seems like a very obvious omission when ordering a case that can cost near $1000 properly equipped. Even if the cost is high at least offer it and some will order it. A retrofit panel sized for the SMA8 like mine would also be lovely.

-As for hard drives I would be fine with no mechanical drive caddies in a case. I keep mine in hot-swap bays in the front 5.25" bays anyway and the airflow behind the motherboard tray in the SMA8 was bad enough I've had to rig up some tiny fans to keep the drive temperatures under control.

-Personally I would be interested in a couple of toggle switches built in to the case somewhere that could be used to turn a 12v or 5v line on and off from a molex connector. That could be a useful physical switch for lights or an auxiliary pump or something like that. I use a bay device with 5 switches for that very purpose but it would be nice to have something built in.

-I'm also interested in a case that could support a full ATX board and a second ITX board in the same system for running a small server without the main rig powered on.
 
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