Is there anything worse than repeatedly dropping the superlite screw that allows you to install an M.2 solid state drive on your PC? Yes, but it’s definitely up there on the list – and now Asus has a solution.
It’s called the Q-Latch, and it’s about as simple as it gets: a plastic lever that you can rotate into place with a single swipe of your thumb. You can get one in several of Asus’ new motherboards Z590 and B560, even though it has not rolled out to the company’s most expensive board yet, PCGamesN notes.
This is not a completely new idea, because the type of business-oriented laptops and desktops that your sysadmin may have acquired have sometimes shown plastic clamps in the past, but this is the first time I̵
More than one The edge employees are happy to see Asus do something about this. New SSDs usually do not come with these screws, so you generally need to save them from the motherboard if you want to install one later. They are also annoying to insert: I helped one of my buds build a computer remotely, and he dropped it repeatedly. (Sorry, friend. Your sad story will be remembered The Verge now.)
A trick is to place the M.2 screw on the lip of your SSD before pushing it all the way down against the motherboard, using both the spring tension of the SSD and the tip of the screwdriver to hold it in place when you slide it down. But if you’d rather not deal with it, I see Asus’ Q-Latch listed for the following motherboards:
- TUF Gaming Z590-Plus 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 manufacturers will follow Asus’ lead, but I do not hold out hope. Do you remember when I asked if there was anything worse than M.2 screws? One worse thing is small top cables – you know, the ones that seem to enjoy being guillotined by graphics cards, and it hurts to play if you have big hands. Asus has something for that too, but the “Q-Connector” (see below) is not widespread either.