There comes a point in every young man's life when his voice deepens, his hair gets thicker, and his muscles grow bigger (settle down, ladies). Similarly, PC repair techs, hardware reviewers, and many computer enthusiasts also hit a point of maturity where we feel confident enough to venture out from the confines of a traditional enclosure. Before reaching this point, many of us are either scraping knuckles doing hardware quick-swaps in a generic case, or letting the hardware and wires hang out all over the desk in a configuration our local fire department likes to call a "safety hazard," whatever that means. But you know you reach a new level of geekdom when you pick up a test bench like HSPC's Tech Station. We're talking about a true workstation for true geeks, the ones who are always swapping components in and out. We're not saying this is a must-have in order to be a hardcore enthusiast, but when it arrives you can certainly feel your nuggets drop as you reach a new point of tech-maturity. No more tea parties with the neighbor girl, you've become a man!
Or maybe it's just a case. Either way, we greatly appreciate the benefits that come along with this new hardware. Now that we have it, where do we go from here? Let's just see what makes the Tech Station so special.
We snagged the large-sized "Top Deck" version of the Tech Station from HighSpeed PC (HSPC). Since we plan on burning this in (did we just plug our own site, on our own site? We sure did!) for years, we also made sure we got an extra set of rails for SSDs. HSPC sends out their Tech Stations unassembled. Fortunately, like most enthusiasts, we love to tinker, so this satisfied our itch, at least for a little while. The included 7 page Assembly Instruction and Usage Guide says it takes about 20-30 minutes to assemble. Yeah right, this is BURNED iN...more like 18.3 seconds. You don't believe us? Check out the video.
Crazy, right? What you don't see is the BURNED iN crew getting funky with a clog dance off camera, something we'll perhaps share at a later date. In the meantime, you have a purdy mouth... Wait, what!? A Deliverance reference is always a good time to move on, so let's go take a closer look at the freshly assembled Tech Station and see what it's all about.