Release roundup: Cases and workstation laptops
Now that the swirl of CES craziness has died down, we're going back to our regularly scheduled release roundups. Our inbox has collected announcements from Antec, Eurocom, and Lian-Li this week.
- Antec broadens gaming line with Six Hundred V2 case. Not content with the new goodies it showed us at CES, Antec has followed up by introducing the Six Hundred V2, a mid-range enthusiast enclosure with a window, an upside-down layout, a motherboard tray cut-out behind the CPU, and a "cable management compartment for tidier routing." There's also a hot-swappable hard-drive caddy at the front and a big 200-mm fan at the top.
- Eurocom unleashes the 15" Eurocom Racer. If you're familiar with Eurocom, you'll know the company has a good number of chunky workstation laptops under its belt. This latest one, the 15.6" Racer, takes things to the next level by incorporating Intel's new dual- and quad-core Sandy Bridge processors. It also supports up to 32GB of RAM, up to two solid-state or mechanical drives, and MXM 3.0 graphics modules wth GPU options up to the GeForce GTX 485M. As a nice touch for workstation users, Eurocom has also gone with a 1920x1080 display panel. None of that 1366x768 nonsense here, thank you very much.
- Lancool releases three new PC cases at once. What would you do if you had a million dollars? If you answered "three cases at the same time," you might like Lancool's latest announcement. The Lian-Li subsidiary has simultaneously introduced the $78 PC-K57, the $97 PC-K59, and the $128 PC-K63, which together make up the First Knight series. All three cases have upside-down internal layouts, sideways hard-drive cages, holes for cable routing behind the motherboard tray, and USB 3.0 ports on the external bezel. The PC-K57 has fewer bays than the others. Meanwhile, the PC-K59 and PC-K63 are pretty similar—the latter just has a window, LED front fans, and black guts added to the mix. Look for these in stores in early March.
Try as case makers might to be trendy, I'm still not into the whole case-window thing. My computers spend most of their lifetimes tucked away under my desk, where a window would do little good apart from perhaps letting me know when I need to dust the inside. I'd be much happier if more case makers copied Antec's P180 and P190 series by offering composite panels to minimize vibration and noise.