Skip to main content

You’ve never seen a PC case like this mini-ITX chassis from Swedish designer

Teenage Engineering, a Swedish design studio, has just released a DIY mini-ITX PC case called computer-1 — and it’s safe to say that it’s truly one of a kind. Small, bright orange, industrial in its design, and featuring two handles, it fills a gap in the PC case market that we didn’t even know existed.

The catch? It sold out within minutes of its release — but it’s likely to be restocked.

computer-1 seen from the front, the back, and the side.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Imagining a desktop PC usually conjures the image of a large, black chassis with a side glass panel and some hints of color, often green or red. The use of RGB lighting sometimes brings life to these otherwise monochromatic cases, although not everyone is a fan of that. Needless to say, Teenage Engineering threw that standard out of the window, because this case looks nothing like what we’re used to.

Made out of lightweight aluminum and painted in a vibrant orange RAL 2004 color with a powder-coated finish, this is a small case created to be easy to carry. It takes up minimal desk space, measuring 170mm in width, 190mm in depth, and 322mm in height. The top of the chassis comes with two chrome handles attached.

The vast majority of the case is orange, but the back panel will reveal a striking contrast due to the power supply, motherboard, and graphics card, all visible and usually black. The side panel comes with an opening for a cooling fan. Both the side and the back of the chassis have vents to increase the airflow inside the fairly cramped case.

The mini-ITX computer-1 chassis alongside a large monitor and a desk lamp.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The inside measurements leave little room for components: 164mm width, 189mm depth, 275.5mm height. While computer-1 is big enough to house every necessary PC part, it’s small enough to force the use of mini-ITX motherboards. It also uses the SFX power supply unit (PSU) technology. These power supply units are made specifically for small-form cases, although they deliver similar output to full-sized PSUs.

The chassis supports dual-slot GPUs no larger than 180mm. This might make picking the right graphics card a bit challenging, as most of the best GPUs with two or three fans may not fit inside this case. Some graphics cards are released in smaller variants alongside the large main version, but of course, slimming down the card comes at a cost to performance.

It’s not only the design that is innovative when it comes to computer-1 — it’s also the way it is delivered to the customer. The case comes completely disassembled and is fully do-it-yourself, meaning that it has to be built from scratch. Teenage Engineering provides full instructions to guide people through the building process, and it’s easy enough that it can be done by anyone who wants to build a PC.

It’s definitely nice to see a new approach to PC design in computer-1, and it’s clear that there is a demand for this type of product — after all, it sold out so quickly despite the $220 price tag. Perhaps the enthusiastic customer response will prompt this brand, along with other manufacturers, to break the unspoken rules and get more creative in the future.

Editors' Recommendations

Monica J. White
Monica is a UK-based freelance writer and self-proclaimed geek. A firm believer in the "PC building is just like expensive…
Best Apple deals: Save on AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook
Apple MacBook Air M1 open, on a table.

Between some of the best wireless earbuds, the best smartwatches, the best laptops, and even the best tablets, Apple is one of the biggest tech companies in the world, and it's hard to argue with how popular it's become. Of course, being a premium brand with some of the best gear does mean that it's pretty expensive, and for those who love the Apple ecosystem, it can be hard to justify buying something within it, given the price. Luckily, there are a lot of excellent deals floating around from various online retailers, like Amazon or Best Buy, and that includes things like trade-in offers and special offers for Prime and My Best Buy members.

That's why we've gone out and searched through various big retailers to find you some of the best deals we can find. That includes everything from the MacBook deals, AirPods deals, Apple TV deals and Apple Watch deals to the AirTag, so hopefully, you can find the perfect deal that fits your needs and budget.
Apple AirTag (4-Pack) -- $79, was $99

Read more
Hacker group says it carried out Christie’s cyberattack
A digital depiction of a laptop being hacked by a hacker.

A hacker group has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that targeted auction house Christie’s earlier this month, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The attack, which disrupted the auction house's website, took place just before the start of its high-profile spring sales event involving more than $850 million worth of art, forcing Christie's to suspend online bidding and accept offers only by phone or in person.

Read more
Chromebooks get new AI features and Gemini Advanced for free
Magic Editor being shown on a Chromebook.

Google has announced a new selection of Chromebook Plus devices that boast some new AI features and a free subscription to Gemini Advanced.

Google launched its Chromebook Plus initiative in October 2023 with a more premium brand of Chromebooks, and now Google is answering the recent push into AI by Microsoft with its own. Copilot+ PCs looks great, but Google says that AI should not be for just those who have over $1,000 to spend on a laptop. Chromebook Plus laptops start at $349 and range up to $649, but often come with better performance and features.

Read more