First reviews & NANOQ perfected

Update #12

We'll share this update once all the major reviews are out. This way, we can gather lots of valuable feedback on which areas that can be improved.

We are currently fixing these:

  • The GPU should have one additional mounting point — FIXED.

  • Prevent the shell from snagging on the riser — FIXED.

  • When installing the Handles addon, removing the original stainless steel corner knobs can be tricky — FIXED.

  • In the flipped orientation the "NANOQ" branding is upside down — FIXED.

  • Include more fan screws — FIXED.

  • Or see the full list of improvements here.

Finalized pricing

Update #11 - November 19, 2023

Manufacturing a top-tier product while keeping prices as low as possible is always a challenge. But after many months of negotiations, optimization and improving production efficiency, we are incredibly happy to present the prices you see before you today (international shipping included).

$349 for NANOQ S and $399 for NANOQ R NANOQ addon: Handles $29 NANOQ addon: Lightrays $29 NANOQ addon: Carbon Front $19 NANOQ addon: Walnut Front $49

Our philosophy on production, pricing and costs

To use an example, the production cost of just three front column pieces on each NANOQ equals that of an entire standard sheet metal case. Now think about how many more parts there are on the NANOQ, some of which are a lot more expensive (like the unibody shells). The reasons these cases don't cost thousands of dollars each are:

  • There are no middlemen.

  • We want as many as possible to afford them.

  • We can keep our profits low because we don't have any investors.

  • We'll produce quite a lot of them. Contrary to popular belief, machining costs don't get much cheaper after you've reached more than 500 units.

Manufacturing and CNCing these three front columns costs as much as an entire standard sheet metal case.

Sometimes we feel it would be a lot easier to make "premium products" that are cheap to produce but carry a hefty price-tag...but thats not at all who we are. Instead, we want to continue bringing you products that nobody would be crazy enough to produce. Thank you guys for supporting us.

New risers

Update #10 - November 08, 2023

The new NANOQ risers (ADT-Link M33JK)

Finding a good and reliable riser these days is a bit like finding a nail in a haystack. After lots of searching and testing we've finally settled for the ADT-Link M33JK, which is just that — a great and reliable Gen 4 riser. We've tested it on both RTX 3080 and 4080, and it passed both tests with flying colors. NANOQ S will use the 20cm version, while NANOQ R will use the 20.5cm one.

NANOQ has arrived

Update #9 - October 09, 2023

The day we've all been waiting for is finally here — the first NANOQ units have arrived!! Remember what we said about the first finished parts feeling special? Well, this is that same feeling but on a whole new level. Our hopes and dreams live or die based on what's inside those boxes. The DHL guy that dropped them off must have thought we were funny, as we stood there shaking and stuttering while signing the delivery forms. And then we finally opened them up, peeled back the bespoke packaging and…

NANOQ S in Moonstone (left) and NANOQ R in Graphite (right).

CORE R in Graphite with Handles and Lightrays addons installed. Main hardware specs: Inno3D RTX 4080 X3, Ryzen 9 5900X, Asetek Gen 7 280mm AIO, 3x Noctua NF-A14 fans, Corsair SF-750. Additional notes: the above Inno3D RTX 4080 X3 also fits in the NANOQ S / CORE S.

They. are. BREATHTAKING.

The concave unibody shape of the NANOQ is such a profound and eye catching feature now that we see it in person, and we love everything about it. In contrast to the MJOLNIR, which we liked from some angles but not others, the NANOQ just absolutely exudes elegance from whichever point you look at it. And don't even get us started on that stainless steel, there's a reason why Steve Jobs considered it to be one of the most beautiful materials in product design — so robust, so clean, so distinctive.

One of our favorite design aspects of the NANOQ is the way the stainless steel shines through the unibody shell.

Building experience

Like the true PC building enthusiasts we are, we had all of our PC gear ready well in advance, eagerly awaiting the day we'd get to install everything inside the new cases. And today that day has finally come.

Right of the bat, it's a vastly superior building experience to the MJOLNIR. There's so much space and almost no obstructions inside it — largely thanks to the new core being comprised from bars of stainless steel rather than plates of aluminium; this means there's much more space for things like cable management, tube routing, and airflow, to name a few. Additionally, the core structure is very strong and neatly holds everything together without warping or ballooning.

The CORE in each NANOQ is made up mostly of air, which vastly broadens your cable management options. For example, the 12VHPWR cable can be routed behind the GPU and straight into the PSU, making it as short and efficient as possible. Check out our custom cables docs if you want to make (or buy) your own set of ultra-sleek and efficient PSU cables (NANOQ S custom cables / NANOQ R custom cables).

Stainless steel is an extremely strong and robust material, meaning that the CORE of your NANOQ is extremely unlikely to ever warp or balloon, even when maxing it out with the biggest hardware.

We also love how flexible it is with regards to compatibility, whether you're talking about the spine shift, riser shift or PSU shift — each of these can be adjusted in a smooth and continuous fashion, letting you decide exactly how much space you want to allocate to each component (as opposed to a step-like shift mechanism, which is much more limiting in our opinion).

The NANOQ S / CORE S spine can be shifted and secured in any position ranging from 0 to 20.5mm (0 to 41mm for the NANOQ R / CORE R).

Last but not least, we conducted detailed thermals and noise level tests, the results of which will be published shortly (NANOQ S thermals / NANOQ R thermals) — let's just say you won't be disappointed ;)

Testing and improving

During our time tinkering and building in the cases we made sure to write down everything that could be improved, from the tiniest of details to the more significant aspects, then started implementing these upgrades into our 3D models. By the end of it we vastly improved well over 20 features, including, but not limited to, an improved chassis lock, more tactile power button, better Handles mounting system, more robust riser bracket, stronger radiator rails, and an improved NANOQ R spine, to name a few.

New mould...PERFECTION

Update #8 - September 14, 2023

NANOQ R unibody shell (without deformation).

Looking at it from the inside, you can really begin to appreciate just how much time and effort goes into CNCing each and every one of these unibody shells.

Today we were greeted by some of the best news ever — the new extrusion moulds are finished and produce amazing results with more or less no deformation!! Words can't describe what a relief this is, after more than 19 months of development it finally looks like the biggest obstacles are behind us. The importance of these moulds can't be understated; they extrude the unibody shells, which, after CNCing, bead-blasting, and anodizing, become the biggest and most expensive components of the NANOQ.

Our mould went...BANG

Update #7 - August 23, 2023

— Alex from the future here, this event got us really worried at the time, and it's pure relief writing this now knowing everything worked out great in the end.

Today we got some really bad news, our NANOQ R extrusion mould has…well…exploded. After investing many months and many thousands of dollars, this is pretty much the worst thing that could have happened. All hope is not lost of course, far from it, but this is certainly quite a roadblock. Let's go over how this happened and what can be done…

First of all, the NANOQ S mould is fine, this incident only affects NANOQ R. It all started when we were testing the mould and noticed it produced huge deformation, in the range of +/- 5mm, which is ridiculous. We then tried to fix this by putting our mould inside a bigger extrusion machine with much greater pressure — our thinking being that the smaller extrusion press was operating too slowly and causing said deformation. However, the larger extrusion press was so powerful that it simply ruptured our mould completely.

After a lot of back and forth with the factory, we have decided that the best course of action is to work with some of the best extrusion mould producers out there. It's going to be costly, but we're going to remake both moulds, i.e. both NANOQ S and NANOQ R, in order to ensure consistency and perfection throughout this product lineup.

Electronics — DONE

Update #6 - August 18, 2023

CORE R with Lightrays addon.

It's always surprising when you design something brand new, send it to production, and everything goes smoothly without hiccups. This is exactly what happened with the NANOQ power button and Lightrays — they just worked.

"Okay nice, but how do you actually control the Lightrays?" we hear you say. Glad you asked. Just plug them into your motherboard. As for which RGB software you should use, we prefer SignalRGB — they have a dedicated development team, an appealing UI, tons of different customizable effects, and their free version is extremely capable (their paid plan also lets you control your fans). OpenRGB is another great alternative. Your motherboard probably even has its own dedicated RGB software, but let's just say it's usually not that great.

Bespoke packaging

Update #5 - August 08, 2023

Let's just say this — a bespoke item should always come in bespoke packaging, simple as that. We think you'll love unboxing the NANOQ; literally everything from the case itself to the screws come in smooth and elegant boxes, with super-crisp prints and custom EVA foam inserts. This not only improves the unboxing experience and protects everything during shipping, but also lets you easily keep track of every part (especially the screws).

The cases are first enclosed in EVA foam for maximum protection, then covered with a photo-paper-like sleeve, and finally packaged into sturdy BC-flute cardboard boxes.

Each accessory gets the same bespoke treatment. Oh, and every image is 1:1 scale with the product inside.

Everything is neatly held in place using high-quality EVA foam inserts.

Public reveal

Update #4 - June 6, 2023

THOR ZONE NANOQ SFF mini-ITX Case

The time has finally come to reveal everything we've been working on to you guys, all presented on our totally revamped website. We know many of you have been waiting for a new MJOLNIR drop, but hopefully this pleasant surprise just blew your mind. In a not too distant future, you'll have your own futuristic, concave, unibody piece of mad art sitting atop your desktop — and we truly look forward to the day you guys send us pictures of your amazing NANOQ builds.

Now before you say it, we're aware that the main NANOQ page isn't for everyone, with its *glorious ;)* animations…but we couldn't help ourselves, it was just too much fun to code. However, it's not all show and spectacle, the new website is much better at keeping everyone up-to-date (e.g. this page), features a proper pre-order configurator (you'll see it soon), and full dark mode support, among other things. We'll continuously add new and improved functionality.

Happy feet

Update #3 - April 21, 2023

The finished NANOQ case feet.

When you've been designing and planning a product for the last 14 months, seeing the first finished parts is always special, regardless of how big or small they are — it's proof that what you've been planning is starting to take shape.

In this case (hoho) it's the small rubber case feet, which turned out absolutely perfect. They are so simple yet so versatile — effectively letting you flip the case anywhere from 90° to 270° (short demo).

First production run

Update #2 - March 15, 2023

The NANOQ S and R are finally ready for production.

After more than a year of polishing, tweaking and testing, we are ready to finally start production. Oh and yeah, 2 models this time — NANOQ S (11L) for those of you who want both power and portability, and NANOQ R (16L) for those that have the biggest GPUs or plan to build absolutely jaw-dropping custom loops.

Already, a notable difference between the development of NANOQ and MJOLNIR is that this time we're properly vetting the whole production cycle before opening any pre-orders, so we can straighten out any and all kinks well before you guys jump aboard the ship.

And so the journey begins

Update #1 - February 22, 2022

In this first update we'll take you back to where it all started — the design phase. Our main goal was to create something totally unique, robust and minimalistic, while at the same time avoiding all the pitfalls and mistakes we've learned from our previous SFF case (MJOLNIR).

In the first 2 weeks we made well over 30 different designs, but still ended up choosing the very first one (haha typical…). The new design was aggressive and unique, the concave unibody shell looked extremely robust and visually appealing, the polished stainless steel bars provided great contrast against the bead-blasted aluminium, and best of all, no rattling panels or flimsy sheet metal in sight. We could honestly look ourselves in the mirror and say this case was vastly superior to MJOLNIR in pretty much every regard.

The first ever concept of the NANOQ — featuring a concave unibody design and seven distinct front columns.

And here it is again after some polishing and tweaking, starting to look really familiar now right?

Last but not least, Denize coined it "the NANOQ", which is "polar bear" in Greenlandic — this perfectly reflects the fact that this case is going to have a massive cooling capacity (polar bears are cool and live in a cool environment…literally).

NANOQ