Asus is killing off very small effortless-to-shed M.2 screws with this handy Q-Latch

Is there anything worse than continuously dropping the tremendous very small screw that lets you set up an M.2 strong-point out drive in your Pc? Of course, but it’s undoubtedly up there on the checklist — and now, Asus has a solution.

It’s referred to as the Q-Latch, and it’s about as straightforward as it will get: a plastic retaining lever that you can rotate into place with the solitary swipe of your thumb. You can get a single in a number of of Asus’ new Z590 and B560 motherboards, even though it has not rolled out to the company’s most high-priced boards but, as PCGamesN notes.

This isn’t a model-new notion, as the type of business enterprise-oriented laptops and desktops that your sysadmin might have procured have in some cases highlighted plastic retaining clips in the past, but it is the initial time I’ve seen anything like this on Do-it-yourself desktop components.

Far more than one Verge staffer is satisfied to see Asus executing something about this. New SSDs really do not commonly come with these screws, so you commonly have to diligently save the types from your motherboard if you want to set up 1 later on. They are also troublesome to insert: I served 1 of my buds remotely establish a laptop previous week, and he dropped it regularly. (Sorry, mate. Your unfortunate story is memorialized on The Verge now.)

A single trick is to put the M.2 screw on the lip of your SSD in advance of you fully press it down versus the motherboard, using each the spring pressure of the SSD and the idea of your screwdriver to hold it in put as you press down. But if you’d alternatively not offer with that, I’m seeing Asus’ Q-Latch shown for the pursuing motherboards:

  • TUF Gaming Z590-In addition WiFi
  • ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming WiFi
  • ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi
  • ROG Strix Z590-F Gaming WiFi
  • ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WiFi
  • ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WiFi
  • ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WiFi

Hopefully, other brands will adhere to Asus’ direct, but I’m not holding out hope. Recall when I requested no matter whether there was everything worse than M.2 screws? Just one even worse issue is small header cables — you know, the ones that appear to love getting guillotined by graphics cards and are a soreness to slot if you’ve obtained big arms. Asus has a little something for that, way too, but its “Q-Connector” (see underneath) isn’t widespread, both.

A little plastic brick with pins that allows you to insert all the motherboard headers at once.

It’s a minimal plastic brick with pins that makes it possible for you to insert all of the motherboard headers at after.
Image: Asus