Release roundup: Dorsal fins and fancy microATX cases
It's been a while since we've done one of these. Truth is, the late summer is usually pretty quiet as far as hardware launches go. Things have started to pick up again, though, and this week, announcements from Aerocool, Belkin, Roccat, and Thermaltake slipped through the cracks of our regularly scheduled coverage. That calls for the revival of the release roundup!
- "Aerocool presents Xpredator Cube series." This microATX case looks unusual both inside and out, with what Aerocool describes as a "fancy appearance" and a removable motherboard tray that sits horizontally. Measuring 11.0" x 16.5" x 16.2", the Xpredator Cube isn't terribly compact, but it seems to put its volume to good use. There's room for three 3.5" or 2.5" drives in the removable internal storage cage and another two 2.5" drives under the removable 5.25" cage. You can fit four fans in addition to the included 200-mm intake and 140-mm exhaust, and Roccat says there are no limits on the PSU length. CPU coolers up to 7.36" tall and graphics cards up to 12.6" long can fit, as well, and removing the front fan frees up even more room for an uber-long graphics card. If you don't mind the styling, this looks like a nice option for $125.90.
- "Belkin Announces New Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Mac and PC Computers." This brushed-aluminum Thunderbolt 2 dock has a pretty hefty asking price: £249.99, which works out to about $400 in greenbacks. The dock features just about every type of port you might need, though, including dual Thunderbolt 2, triple USB 3.0, dual analog audio, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet. Belkin says the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD can drive dual displays and eight separate devices—plus four additional ones if you daisy-chain. The company also includes a one-meter Thunderbolt cable in the box, which is a nice touch... but probably the least they can do, given the price.
- "The Future is Here, ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse." I'm not sure if the words "highly touted and much anticipated" in the press release apply, but Roccat's new Tyon mouse does look nifty, with 16 programmable buttons, a two-way analog stick, and a "Dorsal Fin," which the company describes as a "two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel that provides comfortable mid-finger action to increase functionality." Add a 8200-DPI sensor, 576kB of onboard storage, and configurable "RGBY illumination," and there may be at least some touting when people get their hands on this thing. Look for the Tyon online and at Best Buy stores for $99.99.
- "The New Thermaltake TR2 Bronze Series 450W, 500W, and 600W Power Supply Units." Nothing wrong with some value power supplies to round this out. Thermaltake's TR2 Bronze Series units are, as their name suggests, 80 Plus Bronze certified—though they apparently surpass the standard's 82-85% efficiency range and manage up to 88%. Other perks include single 12V rails, 120-mm fans, and "various high-quality components" (among them Japanese caps). The TR2 Bronze Series conforms to the standard ATX PSU length, too, so there's no need to worry about case compatibility. My only gripe is that the 12V rails fall somewhat short of the rated capacities. Thermaltake quotes 12V output of 408W for the 450W model, 456W for the 500W one, and 525W for the 600W unit. Oh well. That's still more than enough to power a speedy gaming PC.