Release roundup: Mouse pads, white cases, and dense memory

This week in our roundup of miscellaneous product releases and announcements, we’ve got news from A-Data, BitFenix, Shuttle, and XFX.

  • A-Data launches single DDR3L 1333G 8GB XPG desktop overclocking memory. A-Data’s new 8GB DDR3 gaming memory product isn’t a dual-channel kit—it’s a single module, rated for operation at 1333MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings and a voltage setting of only 1.35V. It looks like A-Data also offers the module in a dual-channel, 16GB configuration. The firm says its DDR3L 1333G 8GB memory will be distributed “through select agents and distributors.”

  • Shuttle upgrades select barebone PC models to 2-year warranty. This isn’t so much a product release as a friendly public service announcement from the folks at Shuttle. Since July 1, Shuttle’s SX58H7 Pro, SH67H3, XG41, XS35V2, and XS35GT V2 barebone systems have been covered under a two-year warranty. The warranty covers “any defects in materials and/or workmanship under normal usage conditions.” Other Shuttle barebone PCs are still covered for only one year, though.
  • Introducing the new XFX WarPad gaming surface. Yes, XFX has gotten into the mouse pad game. The WarPad looks like quite the pad, too, with a surface area of about 17″ x 14″ and a design that clamps to the user’s desk. XFX touts a “Patent Pending Edgeless Support System™ (ESS) that angles and cushions your wrist and forearm during continuous mouse usage.” Asking price: $49.99. The pad is already listed at Newegg in the U.S., and it’s in stock at NCIX in Canada.

That XFX mouse pad certainly looks neat, and at $50, it’s not particularly expensive compared to other fancy gaming pads. I can’t be the only one who’s perfectly content using his mouse on a wooden desk, though. Is that so wrong, even for a gamer?

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    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]I can't be the only one who's perfectly content using his mouse on a wooden desk, though. Is that so wrong, even for a gamer?[/quote<] Imo that is wrong because in time the wood will be damaged and while doing that the surface won't be that good for sliding the mouse. A pad will get worn as well, sure, but you can replace it, the desk not so easily.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 8 years ago

    I’m unaware of other single 8 GB modules but that could be highly useful in machines with only a minimal number of ram slots (4 or less).

    Let me rephrase that. I’m only aware of 8gb modules for servers (ecc, registered). Seems like a great idea.

    • jensend
    • 8 years ago

    Light is the new darkness
    Sweet is the new bitter
    Good is the new evil
    Isaiah 5:20

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      WAR IS PEACE
      FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

        • Meadows
        • 8 years ago

        The last line doesn’t even have opposites.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 8 years ago

        Tea party mottos one and all. 🙁

    • Cyco-Dude
    • 8 years ago

    “That XFX mouse pad certainly looks neat, and at $50, it’s not particularly expensive compared to other fancy gaming pads. I can’t be the only one who’s perfectly content using his mouse on a wooden desk, though. Is that so wrong, even for a gamer?”\

    first, $50 IS expensive for a good mousepad, and yes, it is wrong to be content using just the desk. you sound pretty clueless making those claims to be frank.

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      $50 is perfectly fair if the product quality and gliding smoothness are both there, although they don’t speak of whether the pad is cloth or some plastic/foil material. The latter would be better for most laser mice.

      You’re right on the second point, however. Higher friction, and lots of accumulated gunk on the mouse feet in no time. Terrible idea.

      • yogibbear
      • 8 years ago

      I have a razor sphex. It’s like a stick on smooth surface… WAAAY cheaper. Same end result.

      • [+Duracell-]
      • 8 years ago

      Nothing wrong with using the desk, but he’s just going to ruin the finish very quickly by doing so.

      I used to have a Ratpadz GS (http://www.ratpadz.com/) that was PERFECT for me. I decided to buy a $40 glass surface from Steelseries and I end up not liking it. The only reason I haven’t switched back is because I sold my other mousepad 😐

        • Cyco-Dude
        • 8 years ago

        yeah i’m actually using an old ratpadz (now known as the ratpadz xt). it only cost $14 when i bought it ten years ago. i need to throw it in the oven and flatten it out; the things have a habit of warping out of shape. the surface is excellent though.

      • dashbarron
      • 8 years ago

      $50 does seem expensive to me especially considering the use: a hunk of plastic/metal/cloth that’s pulled g-string tight for a mouse to glide on. While I’m not say that they’re unnecessary, it seems for 90% of the surfaces mice don’t really need anything–I don’t really buy the laments of a FPS player and flawless mouse syndrome. If you have a glass or translucent tabletop you might need a mouse pad, or if you’re like me and want one (sure I’ll admit it), why spend that much on one?

      I was gifted a nifty Lian-li aluminum pad that’s quite swanky though 🙂

    • I.S.T.
    • 8 years ago

    I don’t see why any mouse pad should cost 50 dollars unless it’s for a special need(Such as a disability)…

      • bdwilcox
      • 8 years ago

      You’re right. Sounds like they’re padding the price. (rimshot)

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 8 years ago

    Come on, enough is enough. There’s more colors than black and white. The white 600T is cool but I want to see even more variety. How about more cases with chrome accents? Or led accents, the colors of which are user selectable? How about a shiny golden case? PC case design has become somewhat of an art form, but the color pallet is looking a little bland so far.

      • bdwilcox
      • 8 years ago

      I think cases should only come in LL Bean colors such as Russet, Butter, Heather, Loden, Surf, Espresso, and Forest.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 8 years ago

        [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006330&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]Red[/url<], [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006327&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]blue[/url<], [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006328&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]green[/url<], [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006337&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]pink[/url<], [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006325&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]silver[/url<] and even [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006323&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]beige[/url<] or [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600006335&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=<]colorless[/url<].

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 8 years ago

          I vanted orange!

          I would actually be interested in purple cases. Those did use to exist about ten years ago or so. Colorcases.com was it? Man that was when back I used to frequent littlewhitedog. And altavista. Might be closer to fifteen years ago. Hmm.

      • Skrying
      • 8 years ago

      Chrome accents? LEDs? We got rid of those, thankfully.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        There’s always a demand for spinners and blinkenlights and stupid chrome doodads. Most kids grow out of it eventually, but there’s always another crop coming along who think it’s teh rad.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          Chrome trim can look quite nice, even BMW uses it.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 8 years ago

      The XClio “Color” series of cases features 256-color LED fans. You can choose the one that suits your mood.
      [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=77041&start=30#p1079519[/url<]

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      The odd thing is that many of the premium cases are anodized aluminum, and anodized aluminum has been available in a variety of colors for 50 years — “space age” [url=http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/set-of-6-anodized-aluminum-tumblers.aspx?a=137498<]colorful aluminum tumblers[/url<] were all the rage in the early 60s.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 8 years ago

        Colorful anodized aluminum cases have been available for over a decade (e.g.: Chenming Dragon / Antec Performance SX / Enermax / Thermalright cases).

        I believe that the challenge with using colored aluminum is making the steel and plastic parts of the case exactly match the color of the aluminum. With simple black or white, that isn’t as difficult.

          • UberGerbil
          • 8 years ago

          In a variety of colors? I guess I haven’t seen any; I’ve seen painted cases but not the anodized kind. And obviously, if color-matching is a problem, you make those other materials a contrasting “accent” color or simply black.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 8 years ago

            I believe that the Chenming cases came in 9 or 10 colors ten years ago or more. The ones that my family members still have are black, beige or silver, but the olive, yellow, blue, lime green, red and orange were also popular enough that you could buy matching accessories and different side panels.

            • UberGerbil
            • 8 years ago

            Thanks, guess I missed those at the time. A decade ago I was just trying to avoid beige, so even black seemed like fresh air.

            Still leaves me wondering why today, when it seems like we have more boutique, high-end case mfrs than ever, those options aren’t being offered by [i<]somebody[/i<].

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