In short: Open-air computer cases, or testbeds as they were once called, have been serving enthusiasts for decades. Most provide direct access to a rig’s basic components so you can swap out hardware without having to remove side panels and other obstructions. Something you don’t usually see on an open frame case is a monitor stand, but Nagao Industry’s latest accessory fills that gap.
The N-Frame-OP01 is an add-on monitor mount for the company’s open frame chassis, effectively transforming the enclosure into a true all-in-one computing solution. The bracket attaches to the rear of the chassis and supports standard VESA hole patterns of 75mm x 75mm and 100mm x 100mm.
Open-air systems have a lot of pros and cons that you’ll want to weigh before upgrading from a traditional enclosure.
Cooling isn’t usually a major concern as it’s all out in the open, but that could backfire if you’re used to highly controlled air channels to combat hot spots. Open rigs will also be louder than most standard cases because there’s nothing to muffle fan noise. Pet owners may also want to think twice about an outdoor chassis, especially if they like to explore or touch things.
Others have expressed concerns about grounding and static, but I’ve never had issues in that department in my experiences with open systems.
Interested parties will want to check compatibility before submitting an order. It would also be a good idea to consider the weight of the screen you plan to use with the chassis to avoid an overly heavy setup.