Release roundup: GPU-toting nettops and cheap gamer keyboards

— 6:00 AM on August 10, 2012

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.

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