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A computer case inspired by the classic machines of the '80s such as the Amiga, Atari and Sinclair, but for modern hardware.

What is it?

The X500 Plus is a computer case I designed as a tribute to the computers of the '80s and '90s and it's overall inspired by the Commodore Amiga 500. It's a wedge styled computer case with inbuilt, full size keyboard.

The X500 Plus has a retro feeling but with modern, clean lines and lots of internal space. It's made of aluminium, plastic and steel and it's designed for modern computer hardware.

The X500 Plus allows you to build your own modern, powerful computer, with your choice of components and Operating System like Windows, Linux, AmigaOS, AROS, MOS etc...you can use it for your mini-itx x86 motherboards, PowerPC boards such as the SAM motherboards by ACube, the Natami and the upcoming FPGAArcade Replay board, basically any board which is mini-itx or flex-atx format with low profile heat sinks (overall internal height is 52mm).

The combination of a PowerPC board (ACube's SAM) and AmigaOS4.1 (the most recent version of the Amiga Operating System by Hyperion Entertainment), the free AROS (Research Operating System) running on a supported x86 board or MorphOS running on supported hardware inside the X500 Plus are ideal for the full, original experience of Amiga inside a retro looking case. 

Amiga related items are available from several websites such as:

www.amigakit.com

www.vesalia.de

www.acube-systems.biz

www.amedia-computer.com

www.relec.ch

The case has been designed primarily for low power consumption boards and Solid State Drives, this way one can build a very silent but modern system with classic lines. 

I have designed everything (well nearly everything) to be replaceable; LEDs, ON/OFF switch, fans so if things need replacing you can. 

What is included:

The fully assembled case (3 plastic parts, cut and machined - one aluminium part, cut and machined)

All the screws, washers and nuts.

One custom made DVD-RW and 3.5" card reader bracket 

One slim, low profile USB keyboard

One slim SATA DVD-RW with one slim SATA cable 

One 3.5" USB card reader (limited availability of white card readers - white version).

One On/Off power switch 

Braided and tailed (2 pins) LEDs, colour of your choice (amber, red, white, blue or green)

One 40mm silent fan (2x40mm silent fans for the POWER USER model)

One 50mm silent fan (2x50mm silent fans for the POWER USER model)

Silicone mounts

Keyboard holders

Spacers

Rubber feet

What is not included:

Power supply - the case has been designed for a picoPSU, they come in 80-90-120-150-160W,  plenty to power up the machine in the video (intel i3 dual core 2.5GHz, Ati Radeon 6570 2GB, two 2.5" HD drives...), they have 20 or 24 pins and some might be slightly higher than others so please check before buying. 

picoPSUs are widely available:

www.mini-itx.com

www.linitx.com

www.kustompcs.com

ebay

Your own components: a mini-itx or flex-atx motherboard, graphics card (if needed), flexible riser card (free with the POWER USER model), Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Drive (I strongly advise the use of SSDs as they are fast, silent and have no moving parts), your choice of Operating System.

History:

The project is a home brew product and was born out of a discussion with friends and on forums such as amigaworld.net, amiga.org, natami.net, amiganews.it more than seven years ago.

Initially I set the task of designing this case as a personal challenge, to see what I could achieve with my limited resources. So in 2005 I started sketching a few ideas out and building the first prototype. Every time I saved some money or sold things on ebay I’d work on it. 

I made several prototypes but I kept adding and perfecting it. People asked for features and I'd work on them. Being a one-man project, I designed it, raised the money and worked on it in my spare time in a cold garage (add sad music here).

Why Kickstarter?

In May 2012 I finished prototype number seven (the white one), fully working as you can see in the video. In October 2012 prototype number eight, the Black Edition was completed. Again, it's fully working and more or less ready to go. Seven years of on and off development have dried all my funds up so hopefully Kickstarter and you guys will help me raise the required money to add the last adjustments (minor modifications) and start buying the required materials:

Stuff needed:

Lots of plastic, aluminium and steel

Paying for CNC machining fees

Hundreds of screws, nuts and washers

LEDs

Switches

Keyboards

Slim DVD-RWs

3.5" USB Card Readers

Lots of glue

Rubber feet

Cable tiers

USB headers

Silent fans

SATA cables

Magnets

Paying for powder coating fees

Any spare cash will be used to speed up the manufacturing process and investigating new materials, possibly new colours and improvements for future versions. So please pledge away! :-)

Limitations: being only 58mm high you’ll need to use processors heatsinks that fit, low profile ones like found on the Intel i3 2100T processor for example. Length and thickness (no dual slot) limit of the expansion card applies, the ATI HD 6570 2GB  in the videos is 170mm long for example and it fits nicely. When assembling your computer consider that it is, after all, a small enclosure, choose Solid State Drives over Hard Drives for example (no noise, no heat, less power required). You will have to be well versed in pc building, using your skills to make it nice and tidy inside, routing cables the proper way and allow good airflow.

- Looks and specifications of the final product might differ slightly from the shown prototypes -

Some photos of the "X500 Plus Kickstarter 2013" key rings and key fobs - swivel lobster clasp included.

Some photos of the keyboard and the free adhesives:

White keyboard

White keyboard and a free set of Amiga adhesives

Dual language keyboard layout (English/Italian shown here):

LEDs combinations and replacement:

The X500 Plus Black Edition

X500 Plus specifications

The older prototype - number seven:

Thank you very much and enjoy the retro music remix! :-)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I love computers and I have a soft spot for classic machines of the '80s and '90s, especially the Commodore ones (C64 and Amiga).
In my spare time I enjoy designing and producing custom enclosures and cases for boards such as the Minimig by Dennis van Weeren, the 1541 Ultimate by Gideon Zweijtzer, both enclosures were successful and admired by their users as you can see in the videos and links.

But the X500 Plus is a complete different beast, much, much more challenging as a one man project, much more complex so I hope that with your help it can finally become a reality for many to enjoy.

Having funded 100% of the project myself until now and having spent thousands of pounds over seven years the risks are minimal considering that the case is 99% ready, so I am pretty confident it will be delivered as for previous projects.

The main obstacle is raising the money for the parts and components, paying in advance for CNC machining, cutting, punching and powder coating fees.

One other aspect might be assembling them. Once all the parts and components are delivered I'll start building them one by one myself, packing and shipping them and all this will take time, the overall task is gigantic but exciting!

Basically all the common risks and challenges associated with product design are present; you depend on contract manufacturers and third-party suppliers for delivery of parts and components but they are all well established and reliable people in the industry.

Finding couriers to deliver the box has proved challenging as well. Many charge way too much money to deliver from the U.K. to all over the world so hopefully the ones I've chosen will be reliable and not too expensive.


Older projects:

The Minimig case

http://www.loriano.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Scelta.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch…

http://www.youtube.com/watch…

The 1541U enclosure for the 1541 Ultimate:

http://www.loriano.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/white.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch…

Testimonials:

http://www.loriano.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/comments.htm

Thank you!

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    Every pound helps. When this project becomes a reality many people will be able to buy the X500 Plus! Be part of making a cool product and getting that feel good factor... ;-) THANK YOU!

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    I truly appreciate your support. Your name credited (if you wish) in the next X500 Plus video on youtube. You made it happen!

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    A laser etched "X500 Plus Kickstarter 2013" plastic key fob with key ring (colour will vary) to remind you of your generous offer. Please add £3 for U.K. delivery and £8 for the Rest of The World

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    The X500 Plus USB keyboard (also ideal as spare), with the U.K. layout, choice of white or black, your choice of a high quality set of adhesives for your preferred language and a full high quality Commodore Amiga keyboard layout set of adhesives (black or white). Please add: £8 for U.K. delivery (3+ days), £24 for USA, £32 for Australia and New Zealand, £18 for Europe.

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    WAIT FOR ME! Support the X500 Plus now against the purchase of an X500 Plus computer case later (FIXED at Kickstarter prices and shipping costs). Delivered to your door from JUNE 2013.

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    WAIT FOR ME 2! Support the X500 Project now against the purchase of an X500 Evo computer case later (FIXED at Kickstarter prices and shipping costs). Delivered to your door from August 2013.

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    BAREBONES. Get one of the very first X500 Plus computer cases. The FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 Plus computer case with black or white POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, black or white machined plastic sides and cover. Black or white low profile USB, chiclet keyboard with shortened cable and internal USB header. Your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity. The keyboard will be provided with the U.K. language layout and a FREE, high quality set of adhesives for your preferred language layout (if required). Delivery via courier: Add £25 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £36 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £48 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £67 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days). NB: This version answers the request from those who'd prefer customising the X500 Plus themselves. Buy or use your own parts such as a Bluray drive instead of a DVD-RW, your own choice of fans, different type of card reader or even a floppy disk drive...remember those? :-) So the BAREBONES comes WITHOUT a slim SATA DVD-RW drive, NO SATA cable, NO 3.5" internal USB card reader, NO 1x40mm silent fan, NO 1x50mm silent fan, NO silicone mounts.

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    THE WHITE ONE. Get one of the very first white X500 Plus computer cases. The complete, FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 Plus computer case with white POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, white machined plastic sides and cover. White low profile USB, chiclet keyboard with shortened cable and internal USB header, slim SATA DVD-RW drive with SATA cable, 3.5" internal USB card reader (limited availability of white bezels for slim DVD drive and Card Reader), 1x40mm silent fan, 1x50mm silent fan and your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity. The keyboard will be supplied with the U.K. language layout and a FREE, high quality set of adhesives for your preferred language layout (if required). Delivery via courier: Add £25 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £36 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £48 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £67 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days).

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    THE BLACK EDITION. Get one of the very first black X500 Plus computer cases. The complete, FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 Plus computer case with black POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, black machined plastic sides and cover. Black, low profile, USB, chiclet keyboard with shortened cable and internal USB header, spare keyboard, slim SATA DVD-RW drive with SATA cable, 3.5" internal USB card reader, 1x40mm silent fan, 1x50mm silent fan and your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity. The keyboard will be supplied with the U.K. language layout and a FREE, high quality set of adhesives for your preferred language layout a (if required). Delivery via courier: Add £25 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £36 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £48 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £67 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days).

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    POWER USER. Get one of the very first X500 Plus computer cases. The complete, FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 Plus computer case with black or white POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, black or white machined plastic sides and cover. Black or white low profile USB, chiclet keyboard with shortened cable and internal USB header, slim SATA DVD-RW drive with SATA cable, 3.5" internal USB card reader, 2x40mm silent fans, 2x50mm silent fans and your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity, PCI-Express x16 riser card (for your graphics card). The keyboard will be provided with the U.K. language layout and a FREE, high quality set of adhesives for your preferred language layout (if required). Delivery via courier: Add £25 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £36 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £48 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £67 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days).

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    The X500 Evo. For those who want MORE...Get one of the very first X500 Evo computer cases. The complete, FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 Evo computer case with POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, machined plastic sides and cover. The X500 Evo is a modified version of the X500 Plus and it's been designed for a FULL SIZE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD with Cherry MX Switches (keyboard make and model to be announced soon). The case will come with everything you'd expect from the POWER USER version; slim SATA DVD-RW drive with SATA cable, 3.5" internal USB card reader, 2x40mm silent fans, 2x50mm silent fans and your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity, PCI-Express x16 riser card (for your graphics card). The MECHANICAL KEYBOARD is NOT included, you'll need to purchase the exact model and install it yourself (instructions will be provided). This is ideal for those outside the U.K. as mechanical keyboards are heavy. Delivery via courier: Add £28 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £39 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £52 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £70 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days). ETA: May/July 2013

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    The X500 Evo with a FULL SET OF LASER ETCHED Amiga key caps (white and light beige) with LASER ETCHED LANGUAGE LAYOUT (no adhesives). The complete, FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 EVO computer case with POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, machined plastic sides and cover. Designed for a FULL SIZE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD with Cherry MX Switches (model and make to be announced soon). The MECHANICAL KEYBOARD is NOT included, you'll need to purchase the exact model and install it yourself (instructions will be provided). This is ideal for those outside the U.K. as mechanical keyboards are heavy. The case INCLUDES the slim SATA DVD-RW drive with SATA cable, 3.5" internal USB card reader, 2x40mm silent fans, 2x50mm silent fans and your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity, PCI-Express x16 riser card (for your graphics card). Delivery via courier: Add £28 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £39 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £52 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £70 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days). ETA: May/July 2013

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    The X500 Evo with the FULL SIZE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD and the FULL SET OF LASER ETCHED Amiga key caps (white and light beige) with LASER ETCHED LANGUAGE LAYOUT (no adhesives). The complete, FULLY ASSEMBLED X500 EVO computer case with POWDER COATED aluminium base and rear, machined plastic sides and cover. Designed for a FULL SIZE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD with Cherry MX Switches (model to be announced soon). The MECHANICAL KEYBOARD is INCLUDED, and so is the slim SATA DVD-RW drive with SATA cable, 3.5" internal USB card reader, 2x40mm silent fans, 2x50mm silent fans and your choice of LED colour (white, amber, red, green, blue) for Power and Drive Activity, PCI-Express x16 riser card (for your graphics card). Delivery via courier: Add £28 for U.K. delivery (3+ days). Add £39 for Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain (3+ days). Add £52 for U.S.A., Canada (3+ days). Add £70 for Australia and New Zealand (3+ days). ETA: May/July 2013

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