For me the the HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station was something that ThinkComputers needed and it actually turned into a fun project. Most products we receive are already put together so the build process was actually fun and a learning process. This makes this project perfect for people who want to learn new things or who like to build things. When you are done with the assembly you really feel like you have accomplished something. Although if you do not like building things this may not be the product for you as it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to assemble.
As I said ThinkComputers really needed something like this as we did. It is extremely annoying to install each motherboard we test in a case. It just takes up valuable time we could be testing the actual motherboard. The Top Deck Tech Station makes it extremely easy to remove the motherboard as it is only held in place by the two nylon screws. So you more or less can just lift it off and put a new motherboard right on. Not only that everything else on the deck is easy to remove. Your video cards are right there, and all of the other devices are not really held into place so they can be easily swapped out.
The Top Deck Tech Station supports many different motherboard sizes: mITX, mATX, ATX, eATX, and XL-ATX. That more or less covers all of the motherboards we review here at ThinkComputers and most of the motherboard types currently available today. You have support for up to 10 expansion slots so 4-way graphics solutions can be installed. The hard drive rail system supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives although you can stack your drives on the bottom deck if you like as well. The included ATX control kit gives you power and reset buttons so if your motherboard does not have those you can still power on your system very easily.
I really like this product and if you are testing hardware it is something you should definitely consider. It makes changing out hardware extremely easy, and if you are into hardware it just looks awesome sitting on your desk as well. The XL-ATX version of the Top Deck Tech Station which we reviewed is selling for $169.00 directly from HighSpeed PC. Overall ThinkComputers gives the HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station a 9 out of 10 score.
- Supports mITX, mATX, ATX, eATX, and XL-ATX motherboards
- ATX control kit included
- 10 expansion slots
- Support for both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
- Easy to swap out hardware
- Assembly required
- Assembly can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour