TR's 12 days of giveaways: Zalman chimes in with offerings


— 4:52 PM on December 20, 2016

Good afternoon, gerbils! The TR Santa was feeling quite cheery yesterday, and we have the cameras pointed at the snow in the distance, hoping he'll arrive with a smile again. Although, hm, it's been a while since the appointed time. We have to wonder if the reindeer didn't run out of pixie dust on the way here.

Hold on, I think we can spot something in the distance, and it looks like... a moving box? Scratch that, it's several moving boxes, apparently just sliding across the snow. They're coming closer now, and I think we can hear some giggling. Oh dear, Santa sent his elves walking all the way from the North Pole carrying the items. That's some serious employee dedication. Thanks guys, we'll take it from here. Oof, how did they manage to carry this so easily? Let's see... these are the Zalman goodies! There's a Z9 Neo case, a ZM-K900M RGB LED keyboard, and a ZM-GM4 Knossos mouse.

Let's check out the big item first—literally, in this case. The Zalman Z9 Neo chassis (a $70 offer) in white finish is quite a looker. It offers four USB ports in its front panel with LED accents in them, a noise-dampened front door, mounting spots for a total of five fans, and plenty of room for drives. Added touches include a PSU shroud and raised feet to help prevent dust buildup.

Zalman couldn't let itself be outdone by other companies in the lighting department, though. The company threw in a ZM-K900M RGB LED keyboard (worth $100) in the bag for those that absolutely love a high amount of blinkenlighting in their setups. We reviewed the ZM-K900M only a short while ago, and gave it a TR Recommended seal. Its claim to fame is the fact that it can be fully programmed, macros and everything, using nothing but the keys themselves. Eric Fredriksen also liked the typing feel of the Kailh Blue switches inside it, too.

The third item that the company sent for our gerbils is the rather fancy-looking Zalman ZM-GM4 mouse (goes for $43). This wired rodent has a rather distinct look that takes the cybertronic concept up a few notches, and offers what's pretty much a fully-adjustable shape. Both side panels and the palm rest can be moved closer or farther from the main body in order to best suit the player's hand. Eight buttons and a sensor that's capable of 8,200 DPI round out this rather unique-looking rodent.

I know what you're thinking right now. You have your ID in your hand to see if the name we're going to post matches yours, down to the last letter. But wait, we have to do our usual countdown. In today's edition, we're going to count down from the number of companies that make gaming mice. Surely that's not too hard! All done? Good. And our winner is (drumroll)... Mitch Spradlin! Congratulations Mitch, you just won yourself a Santa-sized sack of hardware gear. Our biz handler will be in touch with you soon so you can get your prizes. Meanwhile, we believe Krogoth was actually interested in the Zalman bundle, but lost any interest as soon as he heard "RGB LEDs."

And now, let's have a hearty round of applause for the folks at Zalman. The company is a long-time acquaintance of TR gerbils, since the days of Pentium 4s and Athlons. Zalman was kind enough to hook us up with all this sweet gear, so go follow its Twitter feed, and hit Like on its Facebook profile.

Don't forget to sign up for the remaining random draws in TR's 12 days of giveaways. TR Santa still has goodies to deliver over the next few weeks, and you still have good chances. We'll have another giveaway tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can gaze at an item that may or may not be up for grabs:

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