Release roundup: Docking stations, gaming mice, and budget graphics
We have a little less fodder than usual for our release roundup this week. That's probably because it's the middle of summer, and more than a few product managers out there must be taking well-deserved vacations. Still, announcements from Diamond, Genius, and PowerColor have all landed in our inbox:
- Diamond Multimedia introduces USB303HE docking station. This is a USB 3.0 hub with a twist. In addition to three SuperSpeed ports, it includes an RJ45 port driven by a USB 3.0-to-Gigabit-Ethernet adapter chip from ASIX. Diamond claims the adapter enables true gigabit network speeds. That certainly sounds legit, since USB 3.0 enables a peak theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. The USB303HE will set you back $39.99 at Amazon.
- Genius releases GX Gaming Maurus X mouse in North America. This $49.90 wired gaming mouse is designed for both first-persons shooters and real-time strategy games, and it's got a feature loadout to match. There are six customizable buttons, a 1000Hz polling rate, on-the-fly DPI adjustments from 800 up to 4000, and bundled software with macro management. Oh, and the thing comes with extra footpads—always handy, especially for those of us who forgo mouse mats. I can't say I'm in love with the paint job and the glowing red strips, but it looks pretty tame, as far as gaming mice go.
- PowerColor releases new HD 7730 series. Sapphire rolled out a couple of Radeon HD 7730 graphics cards earlier this month, and now, PowerColor has followed suit—only with three cards. One has 1GB of GDDR5 memory, the other has 1GB of DDR3, and the third bumps the DDR3 capacity to 2GB. The GDDR5 model clocks its RAM at 4500MT/s, while both DDR3 versions have their memory running at 1600MT/s. Aside from those differences, PowerColor's three Radeon HD 7730 cards look pretty similar. Each one has an 800MHz GPU speed, a single-slot cooler, and a trifecta of display outputs that includes dual-link DVI-D, HDMI, and VGA.
That Diamond USB 3.0 hub is pretty neat. I wouldn't buy it for my desktop PC, but I can definitely see the appeal for ultrabook users. Ultrabooks are often limited to a couple of USB 3.0 ports, and they usually lack Ethernet connectivity altogether. That can be problematic when, say, you're stuck in a hotel room with flaky Wi-Fi or you just want to transfer a large set of files as quickly as possible.