How does one define art? Is art something that is merely hung or placed in a gallery, museum or home? Or can art be used for other things like content creation, gaming, leisure and connecting people around the globe? If your answer to that last question is a deafening, “No,” I bet you have never experienced or seen a computer chassis designed and developed by In Win Development, Inc. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Taoyuan Taiwan, In Win makes some of the most visually striking and beautifully different computer chassis in the industry; revolutionizing the concept of what a computer case is and should be.
…when I first laid eyes on the In Win D-Frame. I knew I had to have it.
The year is 2014; I have been working for a small repair shop for a little over a year and recently hired on a few PC enthusiasts that sparked my interest in the PC world, which I had spent over a decade on hiatus. As some who grew up on PC games, it’s kind of strange that I forgot about them. Perhaps it’s thanks to the PS1 or traveling playing AAU baseball or maybe laptops seemed to gain in their popularity. Whatever the case may be, that all changed when I first laid eyes on the In Win D-Frame. I knew I had to have it. Something about the case was so mesmerizing, I remember thinking, there isn’t one bad looking angle; and the colors, orange and blue, were simply stunning to look at.
I could picture myself standing in an art gallery admiring
the lines, bends and elegant construction of the vibrant orange beauty,
accented by blue. Then reality sunk in when I looked at the price tag. I could
be wrong, but I am sure the price was somewhere between $400-$600USD, which is
a lot of money by most people’s standards for almost anything. I settled on
another beautiful In Win chassis, the 901, with the silver brushed aluminum for
my first ever PC build; not a bad compromise.
Fast-forward to September 2018 and over the past four years, I have built about 12 PC’s, using a wide range of cases including an In Win 805 and a 303 for my dad and a friend. But I wanted to build a new and more power PC, since I would need one sooner rather than later since starting Sheeply Publishing. It was a random weekday and thought I would do a quick search to see if In Win had or planned to release any new cases. Of the signature and numbered cases available, they were way too expensive, or I wasn’t passionate about building my next computer in it. So, for kicks, I typed ‘In Win D-Frame’ into the search bar expecting to see the usual D-Frame mini-reviews and/or videos, but to my surprise and utter amazement, I saw an Amazon link with a picture of the actual D-Frame I have wanted for the past four years.
It wasn’t a dream or a Chinese knock-off; it was the real deal all right! The price was still not for the faint of heart at $399.99, but I knew in my gut I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to get this case the second time around. The original D-Frame chassis were limited to 500 of each of the two color runs available. The rerelease still offered the two OG colors and added 4 new color combos to the mix. This was a dream come true. It’s like In Win rereleased this case specifically for me. They knew just how bad I wanted to build my ultimate PC in this chassis and they made it happen.
Things always work out for me and this was no exception.
I’m glad I didn’t pull the trigger back in 2014 because looking back, I
wouldn’t have been able to do a build in the case I could be satisfied with.
After getting my hands dirty building several PC’s and as time has produced
better components such as fans with better cable management capabilities,
thanks to In Win, I produced a build I think does this case justice. A work of
art inside another work of art; as a whole, a masterpiece. Sure, there are things
I could do better and will do better once I develop the skill set, like to-length
wiring and sleeving for ALL wires in the build for immaculate cable management,
but that will come in time.
I love the simplicity and elegance of the design; it’s understated, yet masterful craftsmanship. Like all In Win products, they are beautifully crafted works art, sometimes choosing form over function, but they always seem to work.
For now, I can be proud of this build. I can sit there
and stare at it for hours. It is often said that it isn’t wise to meet your
heroes, but this case lives up to the hype. I love the simplicity and elegance
of the design; it’s understated, yet masterful craftsmanship. Like all In Win products, they are beautifully crafted
works art, sometimes choosing form over function, but
they always seem to work. The love child of a methodical engineer and an
ambitious architect, this case is something to truly behold.
Perhaps what I admire most about this case isn’t the case, but the visionaries at In Win and their forward thinking that
has revolutionized and pioneered a new
era in PC building, from beginner to professional, art can finally be used and
appreciated by all.