Launch roundup: Two cases, 18 mouse buttons, and 1080p through USB
This week, we've collected launch announcements from Atlona, Enermax, Thermaltake, WarMouse. Let's start with the enthusiast gear:
- Enermax announces Volcanus enclosure. The Volcanus is a $79 gaming mid-tower with sideways-mounted, tool-less drive bays, cable-routing cut-outs in the motherboard tray, and a PSU mount at the bottom. Enermax is pimping the case's "aggressive flame-themed design" and "special 140mm Blue/Red Combo LED fan included in the front" just as hard as the other features, though. (We hear the fan has 11 different light modes.)
- Thermaltake introduces the exclusive Element V NVIDIA Edition chassis. Thermaltake calls this product the "world's one and only Nvidia certified full-tower chassis for next-generation ultra-high performance graphics cards," which is quite a mouthful. In simpler terms, the Element V Nvidia Edition has a green-and-black color scheme, an "exclusive" GPU air duct co-designed by Thermaltake and Nvidia, and an ungodly number of fans (including a 230-mm behemoth on the side). The press release suggests this thing is roomy and well-cooled enough to accommodate Extended ATX mobos and four-way GeForce GTX 480 setups, too... assuming you find a PSU powerful enough.
- WarMouse Meta is now shipping and isn't just for games. Formerly called the OpenOffice.org mouse (before the lack of affiliation with the free productivity suite came to light), this mouse manages to cram 16 buttons where most mice have just two—and there are another two buttons, as well as an analog joystick. The WarMouse Meta is now available from the WarMouse Store for $79.99. Only Windows is supported right now, although full Linux and Mac OS X compatibility should come later this quarter.
- Atlona Technologies officially releases the AT-HDPiX2. Want to hook up your laptop to an HDTV, but lack a display digital output? Then try this device. For $149, the AT-HDPiX2 purportedly pipes 1080p video through a simple USB output. Atlona touts software support for Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.4, and newer versions of the two operating systems.
That's all, folks. More next week!