Release roundup: New Corsair Vengeance gear and more


— 5:47 PM on April 5, 2012

We have a little bit of everything this week, with announcements from Corsair, Fractal Design, and Razer about everything from headphones to fans:

  • Corsair adds wireless headsets and PC cases to Vengeance gaming line. You might have seen our review of Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 keyboards yesterday. You might also know that Corsair offers Vengeance gaming mice. Well, you'll soon be able to get a matched set: similarly styled headphones and enclosures are coming.

    Corsair's upcoming Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 headset features 50-mm drivers, a noise-cancelling microphone, and 2.4GHz wireless technology. Corsair claims it has a range of 40 feet and can go up to 10 hours between charges. (You'll be able to charge it with a microUSB cable.) Look it in June with a price tag of $149. Meanwhile, the Vengeance C70 case offers similar styling with built-in carry handles, a steel front panel, six "SSD-ready" bays in a pair of removable drive cages, room for as many as 10 fans, and support for 240-mm radiators. The Vengeance C70 is due next month with a $139 asking price.

  • Fractal Design launch new Silent Series R2 fans. Fractal Design's new Silent Series R2 case fans range in size from 40 mm to 140 mm, and they all feature hydraulic bearings and "fully-sleeved cables." The company includes rubber mounting pins with the 60 mm and larger models, and the 120- and 140-mm fans also ship with a "low speed adapter." You can look up detailed specs in this PDF. As far as I can tell, the fans are all designed to operate at very low speeds with low noise levels (12-18 dB, if I'm reading the spec sheet correctly) and modest airflow.

  • Razer announces plans to unveil left-handed Naga. Southpaws, rejoice. Razer says it's "decided to move forward with plans" to roll out a left-handed variant of its Naga mouse, much like it did with the left-handed DeathAdder back in 2010. The Naga is less of an all-purpose gaming mouse than the DeathAdder, though; it's tuned specifically for massively multiplayer games, with a whopping 12 programmable buttons on its thumb pad. The DeathAdder also features a 5600-dpi laser sensor and a 1000Hz polling rate.

I wasn't all that impressed with Corsair's previous attempt at gaming headphones, but one thing is certain: the company can make some slick-looking gear. The Vengeance 2000 headset looks really cool, and the case has a kind of subdued, industrial elegance I'm quite fond of.

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