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 2560×1600 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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    • Duck
    • 9 years ago

    Urgh! What is this madness!?

    Title, picture, blurb! Nao!

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    Matrox…??? really? mission critical = LoL!

      • Krogoth
      • 9 years ago

      It is for mointoring stations (utliities, health, finances). I would argue that would fit within mission critical criteria.

      This is where multi-mointor setups make a lot of sense unlike the joke that is Eyefinity.

    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    Regarding the Matrox KVM thing… I’m really looking forward to the options provided by the new Display Port spec. I use multiple monitors on almost all of my machines (except my laptop and HTPC)… Finding good, reliable, USB, multi-monitor digital KVM switches is basically impossible and absurdly expensive.

    But, if I could use just a “regular” single-port DP KVM, coupled with one of those fancy Display Port hubs, that would solve the problem and let me actually use a three monitor setup with multiple machines.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Cyril giveth, and taketh awayeth.

    Come on man, we had the layout right last week. 🙂

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      He’s remining you that he’s still here. “When you do something right, people don’t know you did anything at all.”

    • rechicero
    • 9 years ago

    And the pictures over the bullet point again. This is absurd!

    Please, go back to this layout: §[< https://techreport.com/discussions.x/19927.<]§

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      I think he just wanted to see if we’d bitch about it again.

      • Asbestos
      • 9 years ago

      I would rather have no pictures than this torture.

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Matrox Extio F2408. Wow.

    Zzzz….

    • [+Duracell-]
    • 9 years ago

    Today I learned that Matrox is still alive.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      yeah i was a little surprised myself.

      • Krogoth
      • 9 years ago

      They have been alive for quite some time.

      Matrox no longer has any interest in mainstream graphics. They are in the enterprise market for certain applications (like the device in the advert). I suspect that Extio F2408 is their answer to AMD’s Eyefinity and Nvidia’s counterpart.

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