Thermal Accessories for the Unified-PC
The Unified-PC comes in a fanless case, which makes use of a thermal accessory to lower the temperature of the PC. Use of a thermal accessory is optional yet recommended to sustain medium and high performance tasks.
Ordinary light-weight operation of the PC produces very little heat and will not require a thermal accessory.
For 24/7 continual high performance you will need a large copper thermal accessory.
However, to sustain intermittent medium to high performance levels, an aluminum accessory will be more proficient because it simultaneously stores-up and dissipates the heat, yet costs less.
With the Unified-PC it is completely safe to experiment to get the right one for your needs. You can also trim BIOS settings to bring down heat production.
We have preprogrammed 3 BIOS settings for this purpose ("profile 1 = cooler", "profile 2 = normal", "profile 3 = warmer"), making it very easy to simply select the one matching your needs. (e.g. If you wish to save money by purchasing a lower cost accessory, then you may want to set BIOS to profile 1.) Performance is disproportionately advantageous, meaning that dropping the heat production way down still leaves you with considerable performance. The Unified-PC makes use of Intel's Alder Lake CPU's without the trailing "T" (normally included for fanless cases). This produces more value, and breaks availability bottlenecks. The correct "T" settings are emulated by simply selecting our pre-programmed "profile 2 - normal", and walla - the CPU drops to about half its rated wattage, just like those "T" CPU's.
Thermal accessories do two things: they complement the PC's ability to process heat, and they allow additional more arbitrary options. This is why you'll see thermal accessories in various forms: a desktop stand, a book shelf, a server rack, a hanging shelf, a modular laptop, and a morphing portable stand. These all fit our Unified-PC.
Each accessory and PC comes with two color choices: bare aluminum and matte black. In most scenarios these choices produce about the same rate of heat elimination (pros and cons roughly cancel each other out). Therefore, the decision is usually subjective.
However, there are two exceptions...
#1 If you plan on using the PC in direct sunlight, or near any major radiant heat source (like a fireplace), then bare aluminum will do a better job because it will reflect away the radiant heat while doing a superior job of conducting and convecting the heat produced by the PC.
#2 Or, if you plan on operating the PC in an area with bad air flow then it is important to make use of matte black to instead focus on radiating the heat away.
If there is another color that you prefer, then please contact us with that color suggestion and we will let you know how soon we can add it.
If you choose a color, then front, back and bottom will be powder coated that color. The rest of the PC remains bare aluminum so that it can thermally connect with an accessory. If choosing to color a thermal accessory, then the entire accessory is powder coated except for the area reserved for connecting the PC.
You may optionally add a black matte powder coat treatment to any thermal accessory. Be sure to adjust your quantity during check-out to account for the number of PC's and/or thermal accessories to apply the surface treatment.
Just because the PC is fanless, doesn't mean you can't use an external fan. Pointing an external room fan at the PC or at its thermal accessory is a great way to boost the heat dissipation rate, and gives you control that an internal fan won't.
It works just like a laptop without a battery: simply open the lid, plug it in and turn it on. All the devices are wired to the PC already, allowing it to all turn on with one button.
This heavy-duty 3.5" x 27" x 15" thermal accessory includes a considerable amount of aluminum, and is therefore a bit heavy for some people to carry. This is so that it can hold and protect full desktop-sized standard devices, while making them work like a laptop. It comes pre-assembled. Up to two Unified-PC's may be operated simultaneously, with included switch that switches one of them at a time to the devices. The lid locks in place with simple finger-tip latches. An included airport approved padlock may optionally be snapped into the front of the case to lock the lid.
Purchase the Unified-PC(s), monitor, keyboard, and mouse, separately. We can install these for you if purchased all at the same time. The monitor attaches using either VESA standard: 75mm or 100mm.
You may at any time independently replace the monitor, keyboard, and mouse with numerous alternative choices from the mainstream marketplace.
Heavy Duty Padded Cloth Case
This is a sharp looking heavy duty black cloth case designed to carry the modular laptop, and includes thick padding on all sides.
Aluminum Table Top
The 2' x 4' x 1/4" Aluminum Table Top is a solid aluminum plate. It works great as a cover for a desktop. Simply set the PC on top. This is an ideal configuration to rapidly store and dissipate heat. Since it is under your hands while typing, it also gives you real-time feedback as to how much heat is stored up. This is one of the best thermal accessories for an intermittently very active medium to high performance PC user, and it may be more appealing to those that do not want thermal accessories on top the computer.
This heavy duty all-aluminum thermal accessory has two configurations: Desktop Stand, or Hanging Shelf.
Configuration: Desktop Stand
Use a medium sized phillips screwdriver to assemble the stand. You can set it or bolt it onto a table surface (bolting is recommended). In this configuration up to two Unified-PC's may be attached with thumb screws, while the monitor sets on top. A full sized keyboard and mouse will slide underneath.
Configuration: Hanging Shelf
Use a medium sized phillips screwdriver to assemble the shelf and tray. Then bolt it underneath a strong shelf. (Four holes will need to be drilled into the shelf.) Place excess cabling and small USB devices inside the tray, then slide the particle board separator overtop (angles upward to the opening). A full sized keyboard and mouse may now slide onto this particle board while not in use, while the PC's operate from the two ends of the hanging shelf.
Basic Portable Stand
Design Biases: Low Cost, Portability
The Small Carrying Case comes with a Basic Portable Stand. However, you may purchase it separately here.
This thermal accessory fits perfectly within the Small Carrying Case, and doubles as a divider within that case. Using two thumb screws the legs and panel are bolted to a Unified-PC. It is a simple design and a bit of a conversation piece at coffee shops.
The 8.5" x 8.5" x 0.05" Copper-V thermal accessory (made from a 17" x 8.5" x 0.05" copper sheet folded in half) is very effective relative to the small space that it takes. It folds flat making it easy to pack next to the PC in transport or storage, while requiring only one inch more than the PC itself during use. We highly recommend this thermal accessory for its combination of convenience, space saving, looking cool, and effectiveness. This is a good choice for a small space, and while traveling, where medium-high performance may be needed continually.
The 7.75" x 24" x 1/16" Copper Wall is a very effective thermal accessory. It comes with a z-fold-crease at 9" from one end, making it easy to bend to 90 degree. You place the short end on your desk and the PC on top, or flip both over and use thumb screws (included). Then the long end stretches up or down the wall (15") with a 1-2" gap from the wall. All that surface area allows copper to do what it does best: dissipate heat fast. This is the right choice for sustained high performance.
Flat Aluminum 0.25
The 8" x 18" x 1/4" Flat Aluminum 0.25 significantly increases both heat storage and elimination. This works well when intermittent medium performance sessions are needed. It also just fits within the small travel case because it is the same size as the keyboard. It easily mounts to the PC using 2 thumb screws, fitting right along the top of the PC and out the back an added 9". Or, optionally mount across the top like a wing. This is the best low-cost accessory that is also portable.
Design Biases: Creativity
This 6 piece aluminum stand morphs into several configurations to creatively eliminate heat at an affordable price. The pieces all precisely fit within the remaining available space of the Small Travel Case. In one configuration the pieces form a cooling tower, where heat within the tower pulls cool air in at the bottom to cool the PC. In another configuration it looks like a moth with wings pointed outward at different angles. It also combines with the Basic Portable Stand to form additional configurations.