Release roundup: An Ion box, fresh enclosures, a clicky keyboard, and more

Our sack of press announcements is bursting at the seams this week with news from Adata, BitFenix, Lian Li, Razer, and Shuttle:

  • Adata launches USB 3.0 and SATA II dual interface N004. I’ll be the first to say it: N004 might not be the most glamorous name for a product. This 2.5" external solid-state drive seems to get a few other things right, though. Highlights include capacities of up to 256GB, a sequential write speeds as high as 170MB/s, a brushed aluminum shell, and as icing on the cake, both USB 3.0 and 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces.
  • Innovative E-ATX full tower set to shake up the world of PC chassis design. Here’s another product we saw at Computex that’s just now coming out. Fresh from of Taiwanese start-up BitFenix, the Colossus Extended-ATX chassis is laced with colored lights and features BitFenix’s proprietary "SoftTouch Surface Treatment," which has a smooth, rubbery feel. You’ll want to hit the press release for all the details, but this $169 case has a pretty complete set of features, from dual 230-mm and triple 140-mm fan emplacements to dual USB 3.0 ports and a lockable compartment at the top. Look for the Colossus in stores next month.

  • Another Lian Li Mini-Q Series – PC-Q11. Lian Li’s latest bite-sized enclosure takes Mini-ITX or Mini-DTX motherboards and full-sized ATX power supplies. It features a 140-mm front-mounted fan, and Lian Li has attempted to keep vibration to a minimum using 1.5-mm aluminum alloy panels and rubber-padded case stands. Not a bad candidate for a home theater PC, especially since throwing in a full-sized PSU could save you a few bucks.

  • Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard available worldwide from September 2010. We’ve seen a number of gamer-oriented mechanical keyboards in the past, but they tend to use Cherry MX Black key switches that require a lot of pressure to actuate. Razer appears to disagree with that design choice, alleging that "most professional gamers eschew such marketing gimmicks for regular membrane keyboards."
    Instead, the BlackWidow has a "uniquely tactile mechanical key architecture that provides each key on the keyboard with a crisp response and tactile feedback similar to a mouse click." Interesting. Razer has also implemented macro recording and five special gaming keys. The BlackWidow will become available next month for $79.99.

Maybe it’s just the clicky keyboard geek in me talking, but I’d sure like to get my hands on one of those new Razer mechanical keyboards. The premise of light, mouse click-like key actuation speeding up typing and gaming is definitely worth putting to the test.

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    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Am I the only one that finds it confusing to have the pictures ABOVE the bullet points?

      • grantmeaname
      • 9 years ago

      only because there’s one picture missing.

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    All the cases are ugly.

    The keyboard looks interesting, but I have an Apple keyboard and it’s very nice.

      • Ethyriel
      • 9 years ago

      Like above/below, which cases out there do you find most attractive?

    • Ethyriel
    • 9 years ago

    mispost

    • herothezero
    • 9 years ago

    Leave it to Asian consumer electronics makers to continually reinforce the stereotype that Asians have zero aesthetic sensibility or a modicum of style.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Stereotypes often spring from a seed of truth.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Actually, Japan is picky about looks.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Oh god Lian-Li you were SOOO CLOSE…and I thought you’d made the exact case layout I was hoping for if I go ITX. A case like that but with space for a large&silent tower-style cooler is what I want. So so close :*(

      • Ethyriel
      • 9 years ago

      I agree. I desperately want them to make the PC-Q08 with a little extra height to mount the power supply underneath the graphics card.

        • cegras
        • 9 years ago

        With all these Lian Li mITX coming so close, I think I might end up buying the FT-03 from Silverstone and call it a day. It is really well thought through and I think it looks great.

          • Ethyriel
          • 9 years ago

          Somehow I overlooked the FT03, I’m going to have to check that out more closely. I’m still not sure about rotating the board like that.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 9 years ago

            That is very slick. Silverstone has the right idea, none of the crazy depth dimensions that Lian-Li tends toward. Now if they make a mITX/DTX version for late next summer and don’t go crazy about fitting the largest possible graphics cards…

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    The razer keyboard looks great… I hope TR can do a review on it soon..

    That Lian Li case looks… fugly.. it’s not the kind of thing that a sane wife would want anywhere near the living room..

      • Ethyriel
      • 9 years ago

      Errr… the Lian-Li is fugly? The plain, silver or black brushed aluminum?

        • paulWTAMU
        • 9 years ago

        yeah, I like the Lian-Li one. The other one looks like someone spewed LEDs.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 9 years ago

          I think all the cases are ugly.

            • Ethyriel
            • 9 years ago

            Out of curiosity, which cases out there do you find most attractive?

      • MixedPower
      • 9 years ago

      I like it. It reminds me of a gonk droid.

    • Ethyriel
    • 9 years ago

    Cyril, you need to get your hands on a Topre switched board for review.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    thats alot of money for that fugly plastic e-atx case from a generic company. why not just get an antec and pay less than half of that for better looks, quality, etc.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Because you’re only a drawing-flames-on-everything 12-year-old once, and when you are, that’s the case you want.

        • Ethyriel
        • 9 years ago

        Are there really that many 12 year olds building systems these days to justify so much market saturation for fugly cases? It’s truly sad how many businesses around here I see with these ugly a** computers some supposedly professional shop built for them.

          • wira020
          • 9 years ago

          I’m sure there’s a lot of parent that think they kid would like that…

            • Ethyriel
            • 9 years ago

            true

      • MixedPower
      • 9 years ago

      I’d much rather have one of these than one of those hideous new Dark Fleet cases that Antec just released.

    • tay
    • 9 years ago

    I am most curious about a good keyboard too. Using a Dell right now and it can’t do more than 3 button presses at once. Any cheap alternatives that work with 3+ button presses? I want something that is light to the touch as well like the Apple keyboards.

      • shank15217
      • 9 years ago

      Why not just get the Apple keyboard?

        • albundy
        • 9 years ago

        its the *only* piece of apple made hardware that i give props to.

          • Ethyriel
          • 9 years ago

          I just can’t get used to anything with such flat keys.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 9 years ago

        Alt and WinKey being switched could be annoying.

      • mesyn191
      • 9 years ago

      Anyone know if its a Model M type or CherryMX Brown or what?

      Personally I’ve love an cheaper buckling spring keyboard with USB and and backlit keys that didn’t cost well over $100.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      I had a Microsoft comfort keyboard ($14), bought to replace a thinkpad keyboard that suffered from 3-key limit and input lag (RMA’ed). Worked surprisingly well, so I hung on to it.

      Currently using an A4tech X7 G700 gaming keyboard with rubber WASD caps and enhanced repeat rate, but the MS would have suited me just as well.

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