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CaseLabs is reportedly coming back from the dead

CaseLabs has a new owner and its cases may soon return to market

CaseLabs is reportedly coming back from the dead

CaseLabs is now under new ownership, reviving the much-loved case manufacturer

Back in 2018, we reported on the closure of CaseLabs, the much-loved manufacturer of hyper-enthusiast PC cases. This closure came due to the loss of a major CaseLabs client and rising material costs due to increased import tariffs and domestic material shortages. Now, it looks like the CaseLabs brand is getting revived, thanks to the acquisition of the company's assets by a new owner, Emil Rytterstedt. 

Thanks to an exclusive report by Gamers Nexus, who have spoken to CaseLabs' new owner, a lot of new information has come to light. Currently, CaseLabs' new management is working to bring its original case lineup back into production, though this effort is more challenging than it sounds. 

Trial and error will be required to recreate CaseLabs' original case designs. While CaseLabs' new owners have access to the company's original designs, there are no instructions on how to fold parts into their final state. As such, it will take some time before CaseLabs can start reproducing its iconic enclosures. 

Below is what CaseLabs' new owner had to say to Gamers Nexus. 

 

    The immediate plan is to bring the original line-up back into production, which will not be an easy task. The parts will be in a flat, unfolded, state and there is no instructions for how to fold the parts so me and my manufacturers [...] will have to work out how to fold each individual part.

The most important thing to me is that the spirit of CaseLabs is maintained no matter what new products I release. I want to keep the same level of quality and craftmanship and, where it is possible, modularity as before CaseLabs went bankrupt. I'm a firm believer in the right to repair and keeping it simple for the end user. Existing and future products from CaseLabs shall reflect that.

CaseLabs is reportedly coming back from the dead  

While it is excellent news that the CaseLabs brand is getting revived, it remains to be seen whether or not this new and renewed CaseLabs will continue its predecessor's legacy. While we are looking forward to hearing more about CaseLabs in the future, there are many stumbling blocks that CaseLabs will have to get past before the brand is truly revived.      

You can join the discussion on CaseLabs' return on the OC3D Forums

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06-10-2021, 09:49:18

Avet
Black NF-A12x25 fans, CaseLabs is back, my wallet is trembling.Quote

06-10-2021, 21:14:59

Bartacus
We Canucks are lucky, our local water cooling guy did a big run of black bladed PMW Gentle Typhoons, for less than $20CDN per fan. Not sure if I'm too excited about this return though, it just sounds like one guy bought all the assets. I wouldn't get excited unless I heard the original manufacturing guys are coming back too.Quote

06-10-2021, 21:30:53

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
We Canucks are lucky, our local water cooling guy did a big run of black bladed PMW Gentle Typhoons, for less than $20CDN per fan. Not sure if I'm too excited about this return though, it just sounds like one guy bought all the assets. I wouldn't get excited unless I heard the original manufacturing guys are coming back too.
I think Caselabs will have a tough time these days. Tariffs havent changed, the market has switched to smaller cases for airflow, material costs are up, etc.

It seems like the majority would opt for the Parvum era style cases as opposed to big heavy multi optional behemoths.

I of course still think bigger is better, so stuck with my 1000D for now. Always wanted a caselabs monster though.

If you look at the lian li case, that has the worlds markets designing distroplates for it. I guess that has more appeal now than spending 700 dollars on a case that you get 2months later.Quote

06-10-2021, 22:56:49

Avet
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I think Caselabs will have a tough time these days. Tariffs havent changed, the market has switched to smaller cases for airflow, material costs are up, etc.

It seems like the majority would opt for the Parvum era style cases as opposed to big heavy multi optional behemoths.

I of course still think bigger is better, so stuck with my 1000D for now. Always wanted a caselabs monster though.

If you look at the lian li case, that has the worlds markets designing distroplates for it. I guess that has more appeal now than spending 700 dollars on a case that you get 2months later.
Now when new owner has the IP and tooling they can release a standard size ATX case with dual 360 rad support. For $150-$200 it would sell like crazy. Also a mini case like NR200P with boxy CaseLabs design would be a cracker. They will pretty much sell every SMA8 they produce in the first 6 months. Even if they bake even with no profits for the first year it would be a win.

The only thing that surprizes me is why didn't someone bought them sooner?Quote

07-10-2021, 02:28:08

Bartacus
I'm on the fence. I have an original Magnum M8, with pedestal, still using that bad boy. But I've tried to move away from it several times, because although it's every bit as good as they say, it's still a big ugly black box at the end of the day. Once you get into water cooling, you're getting into a largely aesthetic hobby. And while building pretty loops is nice, sometimes you want a nice looking case too, which Case Labs are not. I moved my main rig into a white Lian Li PC-O11 XL, didn't like it. Much prettier case, smaller footprint, but even with triple 360s, it's a hot box no matter how you configure it. Moved back to the Case Labs M8, temps dropped significantly, air flow is much better, etc. Plus having 5 radiators instead of 3 never hurt. Quote
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