Release roundup: Cooler Master, Eurocom, Sharkoon, and Super Talent
In the wake of Computex, big launches are usually followed by smaller ones—and, in some cases, availability of products we saw at the show. This week, our inbox collected several announcements from the first category:
- Cooler Master unveils full-tower Storm Stryker case. Despite its relatively reasonable $159.99 price tag (reasonable by high-end enthusiast case standards, that is), the Storm Stryker doesn't skimp on bells and whistles. There's a 2.5" drive dock at the front, two modular hard-drive cages (each outfitted with a 120-mm fan), space for 14 hard drives in total, mounting points for an XL-ATX motherboard, a built-in fan controller, and a bottom panel that "removes to reveal a storage drawer to keep private effects safe from prying eyes until they are needed." The case also has white LEDs, a windowed left panel, and an "ultra-strong carrying handle" for easy transport. Considering the amount of hardware you can jam in there, though, a dolly would probably work better. Look for the Storm Stryker in stores later this month.
- Eurocom's Monster is a 4-lb, 11.6" mobile workstation. Most of Eurocom's notebooks seem to be heavy, bulky affairs, but the Monster 1.0 is different. It weighs just under four pounds, has a 11.6" display, and purportedly achieves 6.8 hours of battery life. Don't let those numbers fool you, though: the system can be configured with some very high-end hardware, including a quad-core Intel Core i7-3920XM processor clocked at 2.9GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 650M 2GB discrete graphics, up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and up to 1TB of storage capacity. Eurocom boasts that the Monster 1.0 can run eight virtual machines at once. With that combination of CPU and GPU, I expect it's a decent gaming machine, too. Pricing starts at $825 for the base config, which has a dual-core CPU and otherwise tamer specs.
- Sharkoon lets the DarkGlider gaming mouse loose. Sharkoon is probably better known on the other side of the pond—I'm not seeing many of its products listed at major U.S. e-tailers. Still, the company's new DarkGlider gaming mouse is probably worth a look if you can find it. The device features a 6,000-DPI laser sensor with a 11,750 Hz sampling rate and 30 G's of maximum acceleration. Sharkoon equips the rodent with five ceramic feet, four removable weights, and ten buttons, including a dual-axis scroll wheel and a DPI selector. There's even 256KB of built-in memory for storing up to five user profiles. Asking price: €39.99, which works out to about 50 bucks. Not bad at all.
- Super Talent intros USB 3.0 Express ST2 series. USB 3.0 thumb drives have become increasingly commonplace lately, and Super Talent has had a hand in that: the firm says it's introduced no fewer than 10 of them so far. The latest one is the USB 3.0 Express ST2, which the company touts as an "affordable high capacity 2 channel USB 3.0 drive." It has a top read speed of 67MB/s, and it's available in blue or red with a "retractable, cap less housing" that rotates to retract the USB connector.
You know, it's usually hard to be excited by Eurocom's announcements, but reading about the Monster 1.0 this morning made for a pleasant surprise. It's not everyday you see that much power crammed into such a portable machine. I wonder what the build quality is like.