Having bought an EOS Programming Wing some time ago and used it on several shows with very tight turnaround/tech periods, I decided it'd be worth investing in a mini PC, a case, and some other peripherals so that I wouldn't have to connect all the individual pieces together every time for each show.
I picked the ThinkCentre Tiny M700 because it both fit into 1U of rackspace, and it also supports a total of three monitors via DisplayPort, allowing me one internal touchscreen with the ability to add two more if the show calls for it.
I designed the case in 3D using SolidWorks to make sure that all the pieces would fit together, and from that I generated dimensional drawings as PDFs which I sent over to Stage Sound Services, who built the case and shipped it to me.
I was really happy with the quality and finish of the case and, as you can see below in the photos of the finished product, the case meets the model almost exactly, with the strategic addition of things like foam, latches, etc.
Below is a list of parts that went into the case. I don't have a total price, since I bought the pieces slowly over time, and some parts were re-used from old cases/racks, but the total cost is significantly cheaper than a base Ion.
- Custom-built case (from Stage Sound Services)
- EOS Programming Wing
- Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny M700
- Apple AirPort Express (configured as access point)
- Netgear GS205 Switch
- HaansG HT225HPB 1080p Touchscreen Monitor
- BenQ GW2270 1080p Monitor (x2)
- IEC Distribution Block (6-way)
- Rack Panel for Neutrik D-Size (12-way)
- Neutrik NC5 FD-L1 B (x2)
- Neutrik NA HDMI-W-B (x2)
- Neutrik NE8 FDP-B (x2)
- Neutrik NAC3 MPA-1 (x1)
- Neutrik NAC3 MPB-1 (x2)
- Neutrik NAUSB-W-B (x2)
- Neutrik NC5 MXX (x2)
- Neutrik MFD (x10)
- Neutrik SCDP (varying colours, x11)
- Various custom-length internal CAT6 cables
- USB A-B 1m cable (x2)
- DisplayPort-HDMI 2m cable (x2)
- HDMI 2m cable (x2)
- Custom PowerCON-IEC 2m cable (x2)
I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs on my next shows.