It's taken three years, but that ridiculously expensive PC case we showed you a while back has finally entered production. And no, it hasn't had a price cut.
Formerly called the MURDERBOX, it's since been rebranded as something more fitting for an expensive piece of PC hardware: the XFORMA MKII, which has just the right amount of misspelling, roman numerals and use of the letter "x" to look right at home in this market.
It costs $US1250, and that's just for the base model. There are add-ons (like extra grills, fans and optical drives) that will jack the price up even further. How'd the price get so high? Stuff like a solid aluminium motherboard tray, tons of liquid cooling, a rack of modular aluminium HDD bays and printed circuit boards on the panels of the case.
Event taking all that into account, it seems like a ridiculous price, but then, the company's founder Charles Harwood has a point when he says "Conversations with our customers over the years led us to conclude that there's legitimate interest in a precision-crafted, ultra-refined product like the MKII. Every other area of consumer electronics has a premium segment except desktop PC cases, and we're proud to introduce the MKII into this underserved segment of the market."
In other words, these cases aren't for you or I. They're a Rolls Royce. Other markets have items that the wealthy (those who would light a cigar with $US1250 in bills) can really splash out on; no reason PC gamers can't either. Remember: billionaires can be PC gamers too.