In short: Outdoor computer cases, or testbeds as they used to be called, have served enthusiasts for decades. Most provide direct access to major rig components so you can change equipment without removing side panels and other obstructions. What you don’t usually see on an open frame case is a monitor mount, but Nagao Industry’s latest accessory fixes that.

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N-frame-OP01 is an optional monitor mount for the company’s open chassis that effectively transforms the chassis into a true all-in-one computing solution. The bracket attaches to the back of the case and supports standard 75mm x 75mm and 100mm x 100mm VESA hole patterns.

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Outdoor systems there are many pros and cons that you’ll want to weigh before moving on from the traditional case.

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Cooling isn’t usually a major issue since everything is outdoors, but this can backfire if you’re used to tightly controlled air ducts to deal with hot spots. Outdoor installations will also be louder than most standard cases as there is nothing to muffle the fan noise. Pet owners might also think twice about an outdoor chassis, especially if they like to explore or paw things.

Others have raised concerns about grounding and static electricity, but I’ve never had a problem in that department in my experience with open systems.

Interested parties will want to check compatibility before submitting an order. It would also be wise to consider the weight of the display you plan to use with the case to avoid a top-heavy configuration.