Despite our best efforts, we don't always have the time or energy to cover every new product launch in depth. But that doesn't mean items that fall through the cracks aren't interesting or noteworthy. Launch roundups like this solve that problem, allowing us to maintain our rigorous benchmarking and review-writing regimen while broadening our news coverage. We're hoping to turn these into a weekly feature.
This week, our inbox has collected press releases from Corsair, MSI, Shuttle, and Toshiba:
- Corsair announces 16GB Flash Padlock 2 secure USB drive. You might have seen our review of the 8GB Flash Padlock 2; this is basically the same thing, except with double the storage capacity. The 16GB Flash Padlock 2 should be "available immediately from Corsair's authorized distributors and resellers worldwide."
- Shuttle officially releases new J3 5800G gaming PC at E3 2010. The J3 5800G is a small-form-factor gaming rig that can accommodate some of the fastest components out there, including Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480. Pricing at Shuttle's online store starts at $1,899, but that's with much tamer components—an i7-920 and a GeForce 9500 GT. Stepping up to the aforementioned kicks up the price to almost $4,000.
- MSI introduces the Big Bang - XPower X58 motherboard. The market is pretty saturated with X58 motherboards of all shapes and sizes. (Mostly ATX ones, though.) MSI says this latest offering stands apart because of its "military-grade" components, which purportedly comply with "temperature requirements of the US department of defense . . . as used on NASA's satellites and spacecraft for mission critical objects." If that's not enough to make you swoon, MSI supports CPU power draw of up to 480W via two 8-pin power connectors.
- Toshiba Satellite A665 3D-ready laptop brings new dimension to entertainment. We saw several 3D-enabled notebooks at Computex, but a big, mainstream player like Toshiba getting onto that bandwagon gives the concept a lot of credibility. The Satellite A665 has a 15.6" 120Hz display, a Core i7-740QM quad-core processor, and GeForce GTS 350M graphics. I doubt that GPU has the chops to run graphically intensive titles in full 3D; it should, however, have no trouble serving up Blu-ray 3D movies via the A665's built-in Blu-ray burner.
Check back next week for another product launch roundup!