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SEK 792,655 pledged of SEK 2,500,000 goal
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By LOUQE SWEDEN
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About this project

The expectations on PC hardware performance has reached an all-time high. It feels like last Monday some of us wowed to the “magic” of the Duck Hunt gun – today we take the 233 million pixels per second in our VR-glasses for granted. Meanwhile, PC hardware design and esthetics seem to be stuck in the early 2000’s with what looks like Fast & the Furious cars as design inspiration.

“Being born PC builders and gamers now in our thirties, we had outgrown techy spaceships and dust collecting monsters. We wanted a Small Form Factor PC Case that did not only fit all the latest technology but also looked good enough to deserve a place in front of the sofa next to the B&O Speakers. As we couldn't find anything matching our demands we decided to design our own..."

 After months in the lab, factory visits and testing we are finally able to present GHOST S1 – a Small Form Factor PC case that doesn't let performance, design and flexibility contradict.

Now we need your help the last mile – to make sure the product reaches the market. We see this community as a great platform for feedback and dialogue to secure that coveted first batch from the factory.

The minimalistic design of GHOST S1 is not just looks – despite its modest dimensions, it carries countless unique features never seen in a computer case before.

Small Form Factor One of the smallest and most innovative full performance cases out there

Full Performance Possibility to fit a 2 slot 305 mm GPU, water-cooling, SFX-L and much more compared to your regular SSFs – add extra cooling fans and make it insanely quiet

Full Flexibility With the expansion concept "TopHats" you easily make the case just the size you need

All About Quality Manufactured from 2.5 mm extruded magnesium and silicone enforced, heat treated aluminum

An Optimal Airflow Cooling air is pulled in by each heat generating component and directed upwards through the top

A Uni-body Architecture The stand-alone Spine gives unparalleled rigidity and enables the fastest and most convenient build we've experienced

The fundamental idea of GHOST S1 is a computer case designed to hold uncompromised performance in a package that looks good and is not bigger than necessary. To make it suitable for every occasion or placement the GHOST S1 comes in three colors and four formats - What's your combo?

Formats:

With the expansion concept "TopHats" you easily make the case just the size you need. The TopHat modules are designed to expand the volume of your GHOST S1 XS; making it a S, M, or L. (Read more under tech spec below)

Colors:

The GHOST S1 comes in three different colors; Ash Grey, Arctic White and Amber Orange - all with a solid shiny black top grill.

Rag tag of your choice
Rag tag of your choice

 

"A small PC case is often just that, smaller. Looking at the alternatives out there, they are smaller versions of a 30-year-old concept - a pop riveted and folded iron plate box with plastic covers. We wanted to create something different, something that looked and felt at par with the beautifully engineered components it is supposed to enclose and protect. We started from scratch, challenged the concept of “the box”, challenged what material to use, challenged inflexibility, challenged exterior designs, challenged the whole concept of a computer case I guess. The re-designed result covers everything from the creation of The Spine, one solid piece of metal holding all functionality needed to assemble a working computer to the expansion modules called TopHats that easily adjusts the volume of the case depending on what new technology you’d like to fit in there. This was the birth of the GHOST S1”

The GHOST S1 is easiest described in detail by looking at three different structural stages of the case build: The Spine, the Core and the Shell.

The Spine
The Spine

This is where most of the engineering hours have been spent. Maximizing functionality while simplifying the layout has been the primary guiding principle throughout the design process. The hardware of your choice can be fixated directly to the Spine making it the single most vital component of the case. The voids are carefully calculated to allow multiple points of entry during build without compromising the structural integrity of the case - so convenient that we have a patent pending.

The Core
The Core

The Core consists of the Spine with some additional components that protect the inside, simplifies the build and increases the aesthetics of the end-product. For the hardcore users, this is where the build ends. Just add filters to cover the Core cavities and you have a stunning case with the “hood left open”.

The Shell
The Shell

The GHOST S1 was designed with the modification community in mind. Pull the Shell off, modify it to your taste and slide it back on. Or why not add graphics to the filters (available for separate purchase or download soon) that will be visible through the Shell’s perforated sides?

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS (XS - Without TopHats)
  • Core Dimensions: 179 x 128 x 315mm
  • Overall Dimensions: 184 x 133 x 320mm (including feet and case shell)
  • Overall Weight & Volume: 1,7 Kg & 7.3L
  • Material: 2.5 mm heat treated magnesium and silicone enforced aluminum
  • Shell Colors: Ash Grey, Artic White and Amber Orange
  • Front connectivity: Top mounted 2 x USB 3.1 (internal 20 pin plug) and 1 HDMI connector
  • GPU compatibility: Dual-Slot, max length 305mm without bracket, 316mm including bracket, max height, 144mm, max depth: 46mm with side filters, 51mm without side filters
  • Motherboard compatibility: Mini-ITX
  • PSU compatibility: SFX, SFX-L
  • Storage compatibility: 3 x 2.5" SSD/HDD + M.2
  • CPU cooler compatibility: max height 63mm
  • Memory compatibility: max height 65mm
  • PCIe Extender: Armored and shielded Twin Axial 250 mm PCIe 16x Gen3+ riser (included)
BUT HEY THIS ISN'T ENOUGH FOR ME....!?
We don't believe a computer case should be bigger than necessary. However, being a performance junky sometimes means you need to fit more stuff in than the Average Joe. The TopHat modules are designed to expand the volume of your GHOST S1 XS; making it a S, M, or L. The TopHat of your choice is either included in your order (if you order a S, M, or L) or could be acquired separately when you are growing out of your XS. 

TopHats
TopHats
What you choose to use the extra space for is up to you, but we made it ready to fit the most common accessories like fans and radiators right out-of-the-box. For more customized mods we will make mounting brackets and accessories available for order and free download on our site - let us know what you require!

Inner Dimensions
 



Minimalistic design Raw, stiff and cold on the surface but with cleverness and playfulness underneath, the GHOST S1 is just like the average Swede.

Environmental focus Being able to live on only one planet it seems a waste to destroy it. That is why the design is not just beautiful and clever, it also minimizes the raw material and chemical usage. The little material needed to create the master piece consists mainly of recycled materials.

Open Source Components We give the power back to the user. By sharing and empowering the creation of 3D-printing and DXF/G-code files for new and evolved components the community around the GHOST S1 will continuously evolve.

Rigid long lasting construction Vikings built their ships for long and demanding voyages over the Atlantic Ocean. We built the GHOST S1 to withstand the extreme conditions a PC case can possibly encounter. The Alloy used in this case is stronger than steel.

We aim for global distribution, however unfortunately some locations will be harder for our delivery penguins to reach. If your country is not highlighted on the map below and you still want to back us, do so and contact us after the campaign to figure out the best way of receiving your delivery.


We ship with the larger shipping providers and offer tracking and content insurance.

This campaign is a major milestone in our journey. Even if we have designed tons of stuff in our professional careers and are all born PC builders and gamers it wasn't until September 2016 we took on the challenge of building and designing the PC case of our dreams. After 180 days in the lab we can finally present GHOST S1.


After numerous prototypes, hours on the test bench, factory visits and grumpy spouses, we finally had our Alpha prototype in our hand this February. It was more than we expected. It had that glow to it and that feeling of achievement hit us... for a minute or two. Now we actually need to produce this, we are too close not to.

If this Kickstarter pledge meets our goal, we will get back to the factory in May with a final go ahead, meaning we will be able send our first batch this summer.

Who are those Louqe guys? We are a team of entrepreneurial designers and engineers. We founded Louqe with the ambition of changing the expectations of the PC entertainment and gaming hardware industry - forever.

"Even if we sometimes believe we are good enough on our own to meet that promise, we are not! The success of our projects all rest in the hands of our beloved partners and network. We’ve learned the lesson that you need great people to create great stuff. That's why we spent a lot of time, effort, and persuasion in finding and partnering up with some of the best engineers, designers, suppliers, innovators, gurus, fans and end-users the market has to offer - together we can create better products, more efficiently in shorter time than the old fashion way"


We want to ace this campaign so that we can put the GHOST S1 on the market. Even if we think we have done enough, put our sweat and tears into this project, we want to end it with one last goal(den) nugget.
If we reach 200% of our pledge goal we will introduce one more special color option to the rewards. You who believe you know what "color" it is, don't be afraid to back us before we hit 200% waiting for the nugget to appear. All backers will be able to choose colors after the campaign is over - and for all of you who already have backed us to the point where we (hopefully) reach a 200% target will get the special (premium) color option without any additional cost.

Find out more about the GHOST S1, LOUQE, or any of our other projects, by following us on www.louqe.com or social media - we depend on your involvement.

Risks and challenges

Unlike many other Kickstarter projects, we've been working on Ghost S1 for some time now and are ready to push the production button. We are in close contact with manufacturers who have made us our prototypes in near-live production environments. However, with crowd funded projects there are always risks involved. We consider the biggest risks to be exact shipment dates and the specifications (slight adjustments to colors, millimeters here and there etc.) however - we promise to report any differences from what has been specified on this site so that we can have an open and transparent dialogue - if needed.

We will post updates on the process and keep an open line of communication with the community and our backers. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or advice, do not hesitate to reach out here on Kickstarter, on our website, or any of our social media channels.

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