The BC1 is a collaboration between HWBOT, Overclocking-TV and Streacom to create a truly exceptional benchtable, one that redefines the product category and towers above current offerings in terms of portability, aesthetics, quality and design. It also forms the foundation of the Open Benchtable Project, a community driven platform which will allow the benchtable to evolve over time though accessories and mods from third party developers.
Being only 8mm thick and weighing a mere 1.82kg, the Open Benchtable is uniquely designed for travelling overclockers, enthusiasts and technical professionals who need put together a full open PC while on the road. It uniquely integrates all the components needed to quickly set up a benching or test platform including; standoffs, screws and brackets.
The entire BC1 is made of precision machined, anodized aluminium which offers fantastic rigidity while also being extremely lightweight. The body also features an integrated carry handle and has been ingenuously designed to incorporate the legs, standoffs, and brackets which all seamlessly stow within. This means no moving (or indeed rattling) parts when in transit.
The entire product uses thumbscrews meaning you won’t even need to bring your screwdriver with you. Motherboard standoffs include traditional and convenient pushpin options. The BC1 supports all form factor motherboards, plus up to four VGA cards. Integrated mounting brackets support system fans and radiators in a variety of configurations.
To learn more about the Open Benchtable project, visit this website: openbenchtable.com
V1.1 is a minor revision of the original design incorporating some of the new features already integrated in the BC1 Mini. These include ….
Updated support bracket design with a thick and slimmer side to allow for different length screws on the hardware being mounted.
Rubber insets for the feet instead of adhesive pads
A Kensington lock slot for added security
Revised storage mounting slot spacing for use with thicker drives.
The original BC1 (now known as the V1) launched in 2016 has been superseded by the V1.1 and was discontinued at that time. There was no major changes to the spec so we have not retained or created a specific product page for it.
AN UNRIVALED & INGENIOUS DESIGN
The beauty of the BC1 is how simple yet functional the design is. A key objective was portability, this meant focusing on how the product could not only occupy a small space but also contain all the necessary parts for assembly. The solution was to derive everything from a single outer form and multi-purposing the screws for storing, assembling and mounting.
SIMPLE TO USE, YET COMPREHENSIVE IN HARDWARE SUPPORT
You would be forgiven for thinking the compromises made to achieve such a portable product would leave it lacking in hardware compatibility or make it difficult to use. On the contrary, the BC1 is incredibly easy to assemble and mount components with its toolless design. The unique approach to mounting hardware also provides a wide range of support for cooling thanks to the adjustable brackets and open design.
CUSTOM 304 STEEL SCREWS COMPLETE THE TOOLLESS DESIGN
Every screw supplied with the BC1 has been custom designed and manufactured from high grade 304 stainless steel in order to ensure long lasting use with the table. They are an integral feature of the toolless design and ensure easy assembly and secure hardware mounting.
Being an ‘open’ table, the motherboard can be larger than ATX but there will be some compromises. Any of the additional mounting holes on an E-ATX will not be supported and if the board extends past the edge of the table, it will block the use of the side mounting brackets (for radiators, fans, etc).
The BC1 was designed with portability in mind, so absolutely! The BC1 has travelled through customs and security checks at several airports around the world (incl. TSA in the US, France and Taiwan) without issue. However, there is no guarantee where hand luggage is concerned, so best to place it in check-in language.
Obviously space, size, and weight was a limitation so we included an appropriate number to ensure sufficient support for any motherboard, even if not all the mounting holes are used. Don’t forget, you can also use the screw type standoffs in combination with the push pin ones.
2 drives, any combination of 2.5” and 3.5”
The BC1 supports standards ATX PSUs with a maximum depth of 217mm if drives are installed. PSUs of more than 10kg may put excessive stress on the legs so they should be used with caution
It should be no surprise that they are identical as it was a collaboration. The only difference is that the Open Benchtable ships with a travel sleeve and must be purchased directly from their website.
Whilst we are considered in many ways a boutique manufacturer, its not possible for us to produce customised versions of our cases as one-offs or in limited numbers to cater for individual requirements and modifications.
We are however able to offer a customisation service for businesses (OEM / ODM) and depending on the product and type of modification, this becomes viable at relatively low volumes.
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