At Computex in 2016, Cryorig, better known for its cooling and peripherals, unveiled a PC monitor stand that doubles as an ITX case, dubbed the Taku. Fast forward to November of 2017, well after its initial projected availability, and the case is finally being released. The Taku has been under development for over two years in-house plus a year of co-development with manufacturing partner Lian-Li. The unit itself is a hybrid PC Monitor stand and an ITX form factor PC case. It is designed so that a monitor sits on top, a complete ITX size PC (including a full-size video card) is inside the case, and full-size keyboard hides underneath the solid wood supported chassis.

The chassis only comes in silver and is made out of anodized sandblasted aluminum with the legs handcrafted from solid wood. The front panel is very clean with only a large power button on the right side. The top and bottom have ventilation holes cut out for cooling the components inside with the top vents closer to the edges of the case allowing the monitor, up to 15kg/33lbs, to fit in the middle and heat to escape through the top. The sides are also vented. The right side of the case users will find two USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) ports along with microphone and headphone jacks.

One of the unique features the case has is an internal system tray which slides out via a push opener and locks into place when pushed in. It can also be detached from the chassis by pushing down on the two safety buttons on the rail (appears to be similar to racked servers in that respect).

Internally, there is support for a Mini-ITX sized motherboard and SFX or SFX-L power supplies. Graphics card support is up to 280mm in length, 40mm tall (dual slot), and 134mm wide (from PCIe slot to top) so many full-size video cards are able to fit in the small case. That said, once it gets past around 140mm it appears the 2.5” drive cage needs be removed to allow for longer GPUs or use a single slot GPU if the 2.5” storage is needed. CPU cooler compatibility is up to 48mm while the maximum height for memory is up to 52mm of which most DRAM modules will not have an issue with. Storage wise, the Taku has space for two 2.5” HDD/SSD and one 3.5” HDD/SSD. The case includes a single 92mm fan for air circulation. Cable management was also a consideration as Cryorig have cable routing ports on the top front portion, one on each side. Their location allows for running cables from the back to the front while keeping the cables hidden.

Pricing for the Taku is $299 and will be released first in select markets including USA, Japan, and Taiwan starting in December. Other markets are planned for release in the first half of 2018. If you happen to be one of the 138 Kickstarter backers, there is an option to pre-order and will be guaranteed shipping beginning December 1st and no later than December 31st.

Cryorig Taku ITX Chassis and Monitor Stand
Model Taku
Case Type ITX Chassis / Monitor Stand
Dimensions (H)142mm x (W)570mm x (D)310mm
Color Anodized Silver
Body Material Anodized Aluminum
Net Weight 5.3kg
External Drive Bays None
HDD/SSD Bays 3 (1 x 3.5" + 2 x 2.5")
Expansion Slots 2
Motherboard Type Mini-ITX
System Fan 1 x 92 mm (included)
I/O Ports 2 x USB3.0
3.5" HD Audio
VGA Card Support (L) 280mm x (D) 134mm x (H) 40mm
(Dual Slot PCIe)
CPU Cooling Support (H)48mm
PSU Support SFX and SFX-L
Radiator Support N/A

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  • peevee - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    The place to store keyboard under is neat, and good for cooling. But monitor will be too high, you will be glancing up and down all day until your neck is sore.

    Side USB ports are inconvenient. And there is no place to put an SD card.
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  • wolfemane - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    When has an SD card slot ever been a thing in ITX cases\? Seems pretty silly to point this out.

    The usb ports are defiantly in a poor spot. Height wood be great for me (I use a monitor stand to lift my monitor to begin with by about the same height).

    Price is my biggest irk. I get niche ITX case pricing (I own quit a lot of ITX cases), but it's getting a but ridiculous. This case offers nothing that would justify that price.

    My second biggest irk is PSU placement. I have the SF600 and there is no way the cpu and MB cables supplied will reach, meaning cable extensions will be a must. Looking at my spare Integra 450 (came with the Node 202) and a SF450 can also say cables for these won't reach either.

    still though, I'd be interested to get my hands on to try out.
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  • OFelix - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    I agree that monitor will be too high. Most monitor stands at my work are approx. 8 cm high - this is 14cm Reply
  • peevee - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    It is not like you can use it without a stand, so add the lowest stand position to the height of this thing. Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - link

    I think this is awesome. I hope they make it black. Or carbon fiber. Or anything other than white/silver. Reply
  • SaolDan - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - link

    love it. Need it but way to expensive. Reply
  • yannigr2 - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - link

    The price was always wrong and keeps being wrong. $300 is too much, and while someone could say that it covers two years of R&D, I am pretty sure that doesn't mean 50 engineers working day and night for two years. There are plenty of cases out there for slim and small PCs that cost double digit. So Taku is something unique only if you forget that the first PCs where desktops not towers and only if you forget all those slim cases in the market. This $300 price tab is $100 for the case, it's materials, wages, and development, $100 for the Cryorig logo and $100 for the Lian Li involvement in it's manufacturing. $200 would have been more realistic for a premium product like Taku. Reply
  • Glock24 - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - link

    Front ports would be more convenient. The monitor would cover most ventilation holes at the top. The wooden legs are not adjustable in height, and seem to be too high. And the price... Well, there age better designed cases that are cheaper and more functional. Reply
  • Hrel - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - link

    I like what they're going for, and the design really. Wish it was black, wish there was an option for an external power brick. Other than that though, the problem with cases like this are every dollar above $100 that you spend on a case is REALLY difficult to justify. By the time you've reached $150 if the thing doesn't jack you off once/day it's really not worth it. Reply
  • bananaforscale - Monday, November 13, 2017 - link

    Lose the legs. The centerline of the monitor needs to be *below* your eyes. Reply

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