A new Mini member of the family : OBT BC1 Mini

The Open Benchtable family is about the add a new sibling: the OBT Mini is taking shape and here is what you need to know about it.

About two years ago the idea to create a lightweight, versatile and portable bench bed took place with the collaboration of Streacom, HWBOT and OverClocking-TV. The following year at Computex the project got a release date before by the end of summer. After a fast sell out of the first batch of limited Community Edition, we recently announced that a new batch is now shipping in silver, black and red colors.

The team is not stopping there and is working on a Mini-ITX sized version based on the successful point of the OBT (also known as BC1). Requests came from user groups in the Small Form Factor Community (SFF) for a small sized bench bed and open air solution, this triggered the creativity of the Open Benchtable design team.

This is our vision of a Mini-ITX bench bed :

A Mini-ITX Open Benchtable – Tell Us What You Think

Theses are early pictures of the OBT Mini (BC1 Mini) prototype, that means it is the best time to give your feedback on the forum. As of now release date and pricing are unknown.

Want the Open Benchtable for your Micro-ATX, Full-size ATX and big motherboard ? The new batch in red, silver and black are shipping right now (while supply last)!

New Batch of Silver, Red and Black Open Benchtables Shipping Now

Today we can bring you a quick update regarding the status of the latest batch of Open Benchtables. The latest batch includes both Silver, Red and Black versions. After a short delay in the last few weeks weeks we can now confirm that they have already begun shipping, with orders now being progressively fulfilled in the next few days and weeks.

The latest OBT product is Open Benchtable Edition and comes with the black sleeve. For the first time we are able to offer three colors; Silver, Red and Black. Apart from the color options and the sleeve, the Open Benchtable Edition is identical to the Community Edition and the Streacom BC1 model. You can find detailed information in the specifications here.

As each model comes off the production line it is inspected, packed and then shipped. Check out the images below which show the individual components after the anodizing process being finished with the respective colors. You can also see the coloerd brackets  which have actually been produced from one piece of aluminum to help make the production process more efficient.

Red and Black Open Benchtables – Tell Us What You Think

Let us know your thoughts on this initial batch of red and black Open Benchtables by visiting this forum thread on HWBOT.org: http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=168024

Open Benchtable on Display at the iF Design Exhibition

Today we bring you news that the Open Benchtable is now on display at the iF Design exhibition in Hamburg Germany. This is in recognition of winning the prestigious iF Design Award in the category of Computer Product just a few months ago. As well as sending us an actual Award, which now adorns the wall of our office here Taipei City, the award win win also includes being displayed at the iF Design exhibition, an exhibition were we now sit shoulder to shoulder with some 2017’s most innovative designs.

In the image below you can see the Open Benchtable on display in Hamburg at the iF Design Exhibition:

About the iF Design Exhibition

For over 60 years the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world.

iF Design Award

The iF design exhibition Hamburg presents outstanding innovations which have been recognized with an iF DESIGN AWARD. Additionally, they display all entries and award winners from the iF awards for young designers. A must-see for all design lovers.

You can browse all of the 2017 iF Design winners that are now displayed in Hamburg in the link below. Design categories include a wide of range segments including; Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concepts: http://www.if-gallery.me/en/if-exhibition-hamburg-2015/012017-2/

BC1 Open Benchtable Receives (Actual) iF DESIGN AWARD

A couple of months ago we posted an official news piece declaring that the BC1 Open Benchtable had received the award for Computer Product Design 2017 from the iF DESIGN group. It was a great moment, to have official recognition from a prestigious group such as the iF Design Forum, a group made up of 58 of the world’s leading international design experts. Today we follow up with a few pictures of the award, which has now arrived at our office in Taipei – in actual physical form.

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Red Dot Select BC1 Open Benchtable – Product Design 2017

BC1 Open Benchtable Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award

April 3, 2017 – STREACOM , OC-TV and HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions rankings, is delighted to announce the BC1 Open Benchtable as winner of the internationally recognized Red Dot Award. The BC1 Open Benchtable was chosen as the winning product in the category of Product Design, underlining the unique design approach of the BC1 which offers a lightweight, portable, toolless and fully integrated benchtable for enthusiasts and professionals.

“This Red Dot Award for Product Design further highlights the hard work and commitment of the Open Benchtable project and the invaluable input of the enthusiast overclocking community who made vital contributions to the design philosophy of the BC1,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT.

“We are delighted to receive recognition from such a respected organization as Red Dot,” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “Creating beautiful and functional computer hardware has been our mission from day one, and this industry award inspires us to continue pushing the boundaries of form, function, quality and value.”

 “It’s an honor and a privilege to be chosen for this Product Design award from Red Dot,” commented Isaie Simonnet, President of OverClocking-TV. “The award enhances our position as the only benchtable design that offers true portability to the thousands of professionals and enthusiasts who need to test hardware components in the field.”

The Red Dot Award is well established internationally as a seal of quality and outstanding design. The Open Benchtable was selected by a jury of forty independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists. The uniquely portable and integrated design of the BC1 Open Benchtable was selected from a pool of more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries around the world.

As a Red Dot Product Design winner, the BC1 Open Benchtable will be showcased in the special “Design on Stage” exhibition in Essen, Germany. The exhibition forms part of the world’s largest contemporary design exhibitions. The Open Benchtable will also feature in the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018 and on the Red Dot App – both international references for award-winning design.

About the Red Dot Design Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.The Red Dot Award is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.

More information is available at www.red-dot.org.

The BC1 Open Benchtable: Uniquely Designed, Ingeniously Implemented

The Open Benchtable project set out to create an open testbed platform for PC components, adapting to the evolving needs of PC enthusiasts and IT professionals. The project has now developed a benchtable that is highly suited to the needs of a traveling PC enthusiast, overclocker, or any professional who needs to test components in the field.

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The lightweight BC1 Open Benchtable is eminently portable and fully accommodates the components needed to set up a full system. Its toolless design allows for quick assembly and prevents loss of small components during travel. It is fabricated from a single milled block of aluminum which is sandblast finished and includes custom stainless steel screws for a premium look and feel.

 To learn more about the BC1 Open Benchtable, visit our website here:

 http://openbenchtable.com/ and http://www.streacom.com

Open Benchtable Now Available in Silver, Red and Black!

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Today we’d like to bring you a quick update regarding the Open Benchtable project and a forthcoming second batch of Open Benchtable Edition products available in just a few weeks time. Building on the success of the first production run, we are pleased to now offer a limited quantity of new and unique benchtables available directly from the OBT Project – the great news is we have expanded our portfolio to include red and black versions.

Sold simply as the Open Benchtable Edition, the new batch of silver, red and black benchtables will feature the same lightweight, portable and fully integrated benchtable design with each model sporting a Open Benchtable engraving. This batch will include a limited quantity of red and black Open Benchtables as a way to test the waters and assess the reaction of users.

Each OBT Edition product also ships with a custom traveler sleeve – ensuring it remains undamaged regardless of where your travels may take you.

The Open Benchtable Edition is available for order directly from us now. The original silver version retails for $159 USD (excluding shipping), while red and black versions of the Open Benchtable will cost $199 USD (shipping included). Prices include a traveler sleeve. Shipping is expected to commence in the first week of May.

Red and Black Open Benchtables – Tell Us What You Think

Let us know your thoughts on this initial batch of red and black Open Benchtables by visiting this forum thread on HWBOT.org: http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=168024

 

OBT Spare Parts Full Pack Now Available

Today we bring you news that we are now offering a Spare Parts – Full Pack for the Open Benchtable . The Pack include the full array of screws, standoffs, pushpins and brackets that are supplied with original Open Benchtable and BC1 products.

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BC1 Open Benchtable Wins iF Design Award

Renowned iF International Design Forum Selects the BC1 Open Benchtable for Computer Product Design Award 2017

[Press Release] February 21, 2017 – STREACOM, OCTV and HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions and rankings, is proud to announce selection of the BC1 Open Benchtable as winner of the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD.

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Community Edition OBT Sold Out: What Now?

The Open Benchtable is sold out! Now that we have no more (well, technically there are still three or four left) Community Editions to sell, we want to know what your thoughts are on the next steps. Should we produce another batch of the custom community editions? Or just have the BC1 version up on the site so anyone can still join the Open Benchtable community with the sleeve available separately?

The Open Benchtable team has had a fairly challenging year or so. Getting the product right, doing the research, absorbing the feedback from Overclockers and enthusiasts and finally bringing it to market took plenty of effort and determination. It’s also been a great experience and one that, at the end of the day, has produced a product which we feel proud of. According to end-user feedback, it is also a very nice piece of kit. However, it is clear that we have now reached a crossroads of sorts.

We have now arrived at the place where we no longer have remaining stock of the Community Edition OBT. The Open Benchtable will still be available in the retail channel in the form of the BC1 from Streacom, so potential buyers need not panic just yet. You can find the 32 shops where the table is available in our forum. We will however ponder the next move. Should we restock the Community Edition OBT and continue with the laser engraved product numbering, or should we leave sales to the retail channel and keep the Open Benchtable alive as a project and a community only?

Firstly let’s make sure there’s no confusion about the difference between the BC1 from Streacom, the Community Edition that has been available directly from this site. In essence the two products are identical. They are all manufactured by Streacom to exactly identical specifications. The Community Edition was created to give members of the Open Benchtable community an opportunity to have a special version, kind of a way to say thanks to the support we’ve had in the last year or so. The things that made the Community Edition special were that it came with a black sleeve and had a laser etched serial number and logo.

So what about the Open Benchtable project? The Open Benchtable project is essentially two things. A collaboration between HWBOT, OC-TV and Streacom, the three entities which helped create the product. It also refers to the community that helped create it; the group of Overclockers who gave valuable feedback and advice regarding how the final version was created, plus those who are still helping to develop accessories and other devices that can be used to enhance the overall experience.

At this point in time, we have three options to continue to offer the Open Benchtable via our website:

  1. Create a new batch of community editions with sleeve and custom engraving
  2. Offer the Streacom BC1 for purchase via the website (and put a link up to purchase the sleeve separately)
  3. Offer the BC1 and sleeve as a single package

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or in the Open Benchtable discussion forum at HWBOT.

(PS: we know a lot of people are looking for spare parts – they are coming!)

Elite Overclocker DrWeez Unboxes and Previews the Open Benchtable

Today we can bring you a great video stream that was produced by Elite Overclocker DrWeez from South Africa. The video basically gives you a step by step look at the Open Benchtable, starting with a comparison between the latest revision and an early prototype that DrWeez acquired last year. He then shows how it all works, putting together a test rig for his latest Extreme Overclocking session. What you have in the end is an Extreme Overclocker’s perspective on the OBT. Check out the video below.

The Open Benchtable was designed to be used by a variety of different user types, addressing a range of situations where a portable, lightweight benching solution is required. One such user scenario is that of Overclockers, not least because it was primarily developed by several members of the overclocking community. DrWeez is the current No.1 Overclocker in South Africa, recently competing in the World Championship Final and other high profile contests around the world. He was fortunate enough to be one of the overclockers who tried the initial prototype OBT, which puts him in prime position to assess the latest design of the Community Edition. The intelligent, integrated design of the feet, stand-offs and screws for example is something that he found really impressive.

The main motivation for unboxing his Open Benchtable and getting it setup as his primary test-bed is that DrWeez intends to do some testing and preparation for a 4-way graphics card setup involving four GTX 980 Ti cards. The OBT is of course designed to support four graphics cards, and will make a solid foundation for the session. The initial video above shows DrWeez getting familiar with the basics of the OBT, mounting his motherboard and figuring how much insulation use, how to mount the AiO etc. We hope to see a follow up video where we get to the OBT in action with some LN2 in future. Watch this space.

Order your Open Benchtable now while stocks last for just $149 USD (Community Edition – incl. Open Benchtable + traveler sleeve).