Antony Leather's Customised PC
Custom PC|August 2017
Antony Leather's Customised PC

Case mods, tools, techniques, water-cooling gear and everything to do with PC modding.

Who needs power buttons?

Last month, SilverStone forwarded me a few of its latest press releases. Most of them covered the usual plethora of PCI-E cards and other accessories, such as SATA cables, that ended up in my deleted items folder fairly quickly. However, a couple of items caught my eye. The first one was an M.2 thermal pad, which I’ll discuss in a minute.

The other was its ES02-USB wireless computer controller.

If your PC is hidden under a desk, or several feet away from your chair – you’ll know that reaching for the power button can be a right pain. If you’ve modded your case, there’s another reason the power button might be an issue; you might not want it at all, as it sticks out in the middle of your awesome paint job. Power buttons can also interfere with radiators and limit the size of radiator you can install, especially near the front of the case.

In most cases, it’s impossible to modify a power button too; plus, even if you did remove it, you’d be left with a gaping hole where it used to sit. Thankfully, the ES02-USB can give you a way to remove the power button completely, without losing its crucial function, while also giving you a much more convenient way of turning on your PC. In fact, it also has a reset control as well as a power button, so if you don’t need your case’s USB ports, you could do away with the whole front panel. In fact, you might not ever never need to go near your PC again.

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August 2017