I really don’t think this is economically viable. The only people who are likely to care about the convenience are DIY PC builders. DIY PC builders are often wanting best bang for buck. An extra $5-15 per fan and a special radiator to plug them into (vendor lock in) = money to spend on more fans, better gpu, better cpu, better case, etc.
yep, basically. that wasn’t the best of execution, and it was only one vendor, but its a good idea IMO.
make it an open standard so all case manufacturers can do it, instead of the first to do it throw a copyright/patent on it to prevent other manufacturers from doing it and trying to lock customers in to their fan/case combo.
A sample size of one here, but I have yet to see issues with the pogo-pins of Macbook charger cables. My cable in particular has been used continuously for going on 10 years without issue.
Pogo pins in case usage would probably experience substantially less wear and tear than MagSafe both from reduced [dis]connection cycles and be better aligned when connected.
Maybe the real issue is the quality of the springs then, which may be hard to know before buying. Also, pogo pins would be harder to fix for the customer than the sort of connection @Garfieldshowed where you might be able to straighten a bent pin, but pogo pins would be harder to break in the first place I would think.
Well the Server fans are are “socketed” so you can’t accidentally bend any pins.
I think any system would realistically use the pin system I pictured above. Magsafe or Pogo pins (the German for them is “Federkontaktstifte”) are used for more plug-unplug-cycles. If you want to relentlessly overbuild the system like apple does then they might make sense. Otherwise they are just too expensive for the maximum of 50 expected plug-unplug-cycles.