We’ve covered companies that have started building PCs in cardboard boxes before, but this is the first time we’ve seen an industry giant decide to take on the idea for mainstream implementation. To cut down on waste, leading computer manufacturer Asus will begin building all of their Mini-ITX motherboards directly into the boxes they are shipped in.
The shipping box will have all the compartments needed for adding a hard drive and CD/DVD drive as well as pop-out holes for heat dissipation. Asus says that the cardboard cases are good for a year of use, but with proper care (i.e. not pushing your computer to hard or leaving it on all day) you could probably extend its life well beyond that.
Asus Mini-ITX motherboards will begin shipping in June.