Release roundup: Cases, power, and funky network storage


— 12:07 PM on February 22, 2013

This week's roundup is all about cases and power, but with a dash of network storage. Our news comes from Adata, Enermax, and Thermaltake:

  • Adata announces global launch of new DashDrive Air model. Well, this is an interesting animal. The DashDrive Air AE400 crams a card reader, a full-size USB port, a micro-B USB port, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, and a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery inside a bling-laden enclosure with a tiny, 3.1" x 2.3" footprint. This device lets you stream content from removable flash or USB storage—even a phone connected via USB—over your Wi-Fi network. Up to three simultaneous users, running anything from Windows to iOS to Linux to Android, can stream 1080p video from the device. (Up to five users are supported for 720p streaming.) The DashDrive Air even doubles as a network bridge for up to 10 devices. Nifty. The DashDrive Air will set you back $79.99 at Newegg, according to Adata.

  • Enermax intros Ostrog GT mid-tower chassis. According to Enermax, the Ostrog GT is an "advanced version" of the Ostrog enclosure with "upgraded features and brilliant finish." Features include a "refined mesh front panel and colored bezel," eight 3.5" drive bays, a removable SSD cage with room for two drives, space for up to three dual-slot graphics cards, bulging side panels with 32-mm of extra depth for cable routing and extra-tall coolers, and a vertical expansion slot (which should be handy for those little add-on brackets that ship with some motherboards). Enermax cools this puppy with dual 140-mm LED fans, and it provides a view of the innards through an acrylic side window. Oh, and there are four USB front-panel ports, including two of the SuperSpeed variety.

  • Enermax launches Triathlor FC, the successor of the popular Modu82+ PSU series. I'm not sure Triathlor is a particularly catchy name, but this PSU does look quite nice on paper. It's got 80 Plus bronze certification, and it uses a DC-to-DC converter to feed the 3.3V and 5V rails through the 12V rail, purportedly enabling stable voltages "even at 0W load." Among the unit's other perks are modular cabling (with "at least" three 6+2-pin PCI Express power connectors), a quiet 120-mm Twister bearing fan with a 100,000-hour "minimum life time," and dual 12V rails that generate "up to 99 per cent of the total PSU power." Expect to shell out $109.99 for the 550W version of the Triathlor FC and $119.99 for the 650W model.

  • New gaming chassis from Thermaltake, Chaser A41 unveiled from Chaser family. This is a pretty standard-looking gaming mid-tower with the PSU at the bottom, cable routing behind the motherboard tray, side-facing hard-drive bays, and so forth. Thermaltake seems to have doubled down on the cooling, however. The Chaser A41 comes with three fans out of the box—one 120-mm intake, one 120-mm rear exhaust, and one 200-mm top exhaust—plus room for a bottom intake fan. The front and top fans are both illuminated with blue LEDs, too. And if that's not enough for you, the Chaser A41 will even accommodate a 240-mm radiator. The case also has dual USB 3.0 ports and a nifty tray on top for storing your keys and other gizmos.

That Adata network storage thimgamajig is intriguing. My apartment is the size of a shoebox, so a network-connected PC is never far away, but I could definitely see the DashDrive Air being useful in larger homes.

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