Release roundup: Fresh PSUs, gaming headphones, and a dock
No doubt owing to the ongoing summer lull, the pickings are slim this week as far as new product introductions go. Still, our inbox has collected announcements from Corsair, Cooler Master, and Scythe:
- Corsair announces new Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs. These new power supplies are purportedly based on the same platform as Corsair's Enthusiast Series TX V2 units, but instead of fixed cables, they feature a modular cabling system. The units also have 80 Plus Bronze certification and "ultra-quiet, 140mm double ball-bearing fans." Corsair is rolling out 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W models priced at $109, $129, $149, and $169, respectively. You should be able to find them in e-tail listings this month.
- CM Storm unveils a new PC gaming headset. Cooler Master's new set of circumaural headphones is sold under the CM Storm eSports brand, and it has plenty of bells and whistles designed to woo hardcore gamers. Among them: a total of two 40-mm sub drivers and six additional 30-mm drivers, a "Tactical Mixing Console" that allows "real-time adjustments" of all eight channels, and a microphone with background noise cancellation functionality. The thing almost looks like it should have a Fatal1ty logo on it, as well. Cooler Master is pricing these cans at $129.99 and says they will be available this month at "every serious gaming gear shop."
- Scythe announces Kama Dock docking station for hard drives. And now for something a little more mundane but no less noteworthy: Scythe's new Karma Dock, which couples Serial ATA and USB 3.0 interfaces while supporting both 3.5" and 2.5" hard drives. The dock places hard drives on a plastic tray that can be lifted upright at a 45-degree angle or collapsed for stowing away. Asking price: 23 euros, which works out to about $33. Scythe hasn't announced U.S. pricing, but considering a number of the company's products are available on Newegg, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Karma Dock on this side of the Atlantic.
I think Scythe deserves some credit for making a drive dock with such a small footprint—all too many USB 3.0 and SATA docks dwarf the hard drives they're designed to accommodate. Here's hoping the tray mechanism is sturdy enough for repeated use, though.