In of this blog series, we looked at how developers are moving the desktop PC forward to the realm of stylish technologies. In Part 2, we’ll learn some new cable management techniques and we’ll look at how to make the tower less intrusive.
Continuing where we left off: We’ve tamed the wires, but there’s still a large rectangular box sitting on top of or beneath the desk. How can we make the tower itself a less invasive part of our solution? For starters, let’s challenge the notion that the tower has to be located next to your workspace. All of the cables shown above are available in multiple lengths. What if our combined cable were 15 feet long? With such a configuration you can take the tower and store it in a closet, a cabinet, or behind the furniture. Your workspace becomes nothing more than an elegant monitor with a single cable running to it – attached wirelessly to a keyboard/mouse. Welcome to the 21st century!
“But wait”, you say. “How do I turn on the PC if it’s hidden in the closet?” For that we need to add one more item to our cable: a power switch. Included in a typical desktop PC is a power button connected to a pair of twisted wires. Why not move that button from the PC case to a point on the wire near the monitor where it is easily accessible. The button would connect to a twisted pair wire running back to the PC tower – replacing the need to access the tower’s power button. The examples below show how this configuration would look:
With the cables shown in Figure 3 we have eliminated the mess of wires running to the workstation, and we’ve allowed the tower to be stored in a less visible and more convenient location than right at your desk. If you choose a good monitor with a built-in USB hub the final product will be hard to distinguish from a modern All-In-One desktop, but will still afford you all of the configurability of a tower desktop.