Release roundup: GPU-toting nettops and cheap gamer keyboards
Every week, we gather press releases that slipped through the net of our daily coverage, and we post them in the release roundup. Here's this week's selection:
- Genius Imperator gaming keyboard now available in the US and Canada. Strange—a "professional" gaming keyboard announcement that doesn't say a peep about the type of key switches used. Considering the $49 price tag, I'd guess this is a rubber-dome specimen. Still, the thing is packed with gamer-friendly features, including six macro keys with three customizable profiles, a "gaming mode" that disables the Windows key, a 1,000-Hz report rate, and a 1-ms response time. Genius also touts the keyboard's "easy access" media keys, braided USB cord, and gold-plated jack. I suppose a little bling never hurt.
- Lian Li announces the PC-V650 ATX chassis. This new aluminum enclosure accommodates full-sized ATX motherboards, but at 16.8" x 14.2" x 9.9", it's pudgier than your typical chassis. That's because the power supply emplacement sits parallel to the motherboard, next to the expansion slots. PSUs as long as 9" are supported, but I expect installing a new PCIe card (or swapping out your video card) entails removing the PSU. Beside its quirky internal layout, the PC-V650 has room for up to seven 3.5" hard drives, four 2.5" drives, and one 5.25" drive. The bottom 3.5" drive bay can be removed to make room for extra-long graphics cards. Cooling-wise, the chassis features three 140-mm fans (two at the front and one at the top) plus a rear 120-mm rear spinner. There are holes to accommodate a liquid cooling setup, as well. Look for this puppy in either black or silver with a $199 price tag.
- Zotac delivers new Zbox with Nvidia GeForce GT 520M graphics. Remember nettops? Zotac's new ID84 fits that description, with an Atom D2550 dual-core processor and a tiny enclosure without space for an optical drive. It ought to fare better in games than your average Atom-powered machine, thanks to the built-in GeForce GT 520M graphics processor with 512MB of DDR3 memory. Zotac offers the machine either as a barebones config or pre-configured with 2GB of system memory and a 320GB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive. Both offerings have the same connectivity features, including dual USB 3.0 ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and a USB IR receiver (for the bundled remote). Zotac ships the system with a VESA mount, as well, so you can fasten it to the back of a monitor to make a ghetto iMac.
The ID84 looks an awful lot like some of Zotac's older nettops, like the HD-ND22 and HD-ID11. Not that there's anything wrong with that—it's a nice, slim chassis that's easy to pop open, and it's small enough to tuck behind a monitor without looking like an unslightly growth.