Release roundup: Big cases, big drives, and ambidextrous mice


— 4:31 PM on October 12, 2012

In our look at this week's miscellaneous product launches, we have fresh fodder from Cooler Master, Lian Li, and Western Digital:

  • Cooler Master intros Storm Recon mouse. Gaming mice are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are suitable for southpaws. Cooler Master's latest rodent has an ambidextrous design that still has a wealth of gamer-friendly features, including an Avago 3090 sensor with sensitivity of up to 4000 DPI, 32KB of onboard memory for storing profiles and macros, customizable wheel backlighting colors, and support for on-the-fly adjustment of not just the DPI level, but also the USB polling rate and the mouse's liftoff distance. The Cooler Master Storm should be available this month for $39.99.

  • Lian Li unleashes the PC-D8000. This monster of an enclosure looks more like a house than a PC case. At 15.9" x 24.7" x 22.5", it's got room for a whopping 20 3.5" hard drives and two ATX power supplies, and its five 5.25" optical drive bays can be repurposed to accommodate another 10 2.5" hard drives or SSDs. The PC-D8000 has room for jumbo-sized HPTX motherboards, too, and you can cool the whole shebang with up to six 140-mm fans at the front and four fans (including one 120-mm spinner and three 140-mm models) at the back. This gargantuan contraption has an equally intimidating price tag: $349.

  • WD offers highest capacity My Book to date with 8 TB . How does paying $849.99 for eight gigs of storage sound? Pretty good? Then you'll love the new My Book Thunderbolt Duo, which Western Digital touts as its highest-capacity My Book offering to date. The drive features dual Thunderbolt ports and, mercifully, comes with a Thunderbolt cable in the box. WD says you can daisy chain up to six of these babies for a total storage capacity of 48TB. If that all sounds too rich for your blood, then WD has also introduced the My Book 4TB at $249.99. That offering has a lowly USB 3.0 connection, which should still be more than fast enough for mechanical storage. Look for both of these drives at "select U.S. retailers" as well as at WD's own online store.

I'm not crazy about colored backlighting on mice, but that Cooler Master Storm Recon looks pretty neat. I get occasional tingling in my right fingers and forearm after long Excel data entry sessions; having the freedom to switch mousing hands easily would be quite, er, handy.

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