Release roundup: New cases and related accessories


— 5:04 PM on February 10, 2012

This week in our look at miscellaneous product releases and announcements, we've got news from Antec, Cooler Master, Scythe, and Thermaltake:

  • Antec announces the One Enclosure. Priced at $59.95, Antec's new enclosure is a budget offering that doesn't skimp on amenities. It has two USB 3.0 ports, top and rear 120-mm exhaust fans (with room for an extra four 120-mm spinners), a "perforated mesh" front panel, and a total of eight drive bays (three 5.25" and five 3.5"), all tool-less. As you'd expect, the power supply goes at the bottom, and there's a cut-out in the motherboard tray behind the CPU socket area.
  • Cooler Master unveils Elite 361 rotatable chassis. No, the Elite 361 doesn't rotate on its own, but Cooler Master has nevertheless designed it to work both horizontally and vertically. The rubber feet are "user attachable," the 5.25" bays are mounted horizontally, and you can rotate the Cooler Master logo. Other than that, the Elite 361 accommodates full-sized ATX motherboards, up to six 3.5" hard drives in a removable cage, and a 120-mm pre-mounted top fan. Not too shabby for $39.99.
  • Kaze rolls out Master Flat fan controller. Where most fan controllers have knobs, the Master Flat features buttons and a slick-looking digital display. It can control four fans and keep track of four different temperature sensors, with optional alarm thresholds for when things get too toasty. Scythe says this puppy will retail for €28 in Europe, so U.S. pricing will presumably end up around 30 bucks.
  • Thermaltake tender Toughpower and SMART Series with Further Prospect. Yes, that is the actual title of the press release Thermaltake sent us. The announcement is, happily, more straightforward than it sounds: Thermaltake has bolstered two of its power-supply lineups with new models. The Toughpower series now includes 550W, 650W, and 750W models, all featuring 80 Plus Gold certification. Meanwhile, there are now 750W and 850W Smart modular units—both with 80 Plus Bronze certification. Check out the company's website for more details.

That Antec case looks pretty solid for the price. I'm not a huge fan of mesh front panels, though. They tend to get ugly when dust starts to collect in those little grooves.

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