Release roundup: Zboxes, mice, and KVM extenders

We've got a little bit of everything this week, with fresh launch announcements from Zotac, Thermaltake, and Matrox:

  • Zotac announces the new Zbox DVD series. Just because Zotac is pimping Blu-ray Zboxes these days doesn't mean it's turned its back on the whole DVD thing. The new Zbox DVD ID31 and ID31 Plus both feature 8x DVD burners, dual-core Atom D525 processors, next-gen Nvidia Ion discrete graphics, 802.11n WI-Fi, and USB 3.0. Zotac ships the ID31 Plus with a 250GB hard drive and 1GB of DDR2 memory, while the plain ID31 is more of a barebone system and comes with neither.

  • Thermaltake unveils Tt eSports Azurues optical gaming mouse. Thermaltake's e-sports business is in full swing, and it's cranked out another fancy pointing device. The Azurues (no, that's not a typo) has a rubber coating, teflon feet, removable weights, and the ability switch between three sensor settings: 1600, 800, and 400 dots per inch. Thermaltake also mentions a "pause-break lighting system to engage for gaming atmosphere," whatever that means.

  • Matrox announces new high-performance KVM extender for mission-critical environments. This doesn't quite fall in the same realm as the two previous items, but it's interesting nonetheless. Matrox says the new Extio F2408 "separates up to four high resolution displays plus USB keyboard, mouse, and other HIDs from the host system by up to 1 kilometer (3280 feet) of fiber-optic cable." And with the Extio F2408 Expander, users can purportedly tap as many as eight 2560x1600 displays. Impressive. Both products should be available next month.

That Zotac system looks like a neat alternative to the Blu-ray-enabled HD-ID34 for folks who don't need the Blu-ray capability but still want a slick, Atom- and Ion-powered media center PC. It's probably cheaper, too.

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