It is not easy to understand why an entire sector is leaving aside certain habits, certain materials and bets on others. But the reality is that we live in a world where the most important thing is to keep the system in place, to generate income and therefore to sell more. What are the reasons for abandoning such a versatile material as plexiglass in the chassis?
Plexiglas, good, pretty and cheap, but not enough
It is always said that competition favors companies to progress and those that do not remain in embarrassment, but little is said about the price of this lead, of this innovation. If we look back, not long, just 10 years, we will see that the prices were much lower than the current prices in any component or part of a PC.
As for the chassis, we practically see cases over 500 dollars on the rise in the high end, while in the low end we have them from 20, but the midrange has taken a step forward in the price.
One of the reasons is precisely to do without plexiglass. The reasons are as varied as they are diverse, but the main reality is that the average user has ceased to be interested in this material as a window for their PC.
The arrival of tempered glass meant a total change in the sector, bringing more rigidity, more weight, more robustness to the whole and above all a visual aspect to the more modern frame, since it is more transparent than plexiglass. .
Tempered glass wins despite its drawbacks
Plexiglas is also a less specific industry than glass, since all kinds of products are made from this material, up to a limit that is difficult to conceive. Although it is cheaper, it is more difficult to find high volume production for the metrics specified by the manufacturers, which are all different and of different thicknesses.
As the plexiglass industry diversifies investments, manufacturers sometimes have difficulty finding specific panel factories. Another reason why plexiglass has been discontinued is its zero scratch resistance. As soon as we rub something with a sharp material, we will have a nice mark on it.
Finally, the degree of deformation of the same manufacturers left without options to make complete windows, without a frame, but in addition, the frame had to be considerable so as not to lose strength due to torsion. With tempered glass, the window can be the glass itself, sturdy, torsion-free, with greater scratch resistance and better visibility.
Yes, we gain weight, we also gain thickness, but above all we gain in aesthetics and firmness, so once this material has been tested as a user, the plexiglass it really doesn’t make sense anymore and for this reason, except in the low end, it’s no longer an option.