This week on the roundup, we've got news about flash drives from Adata, a Thunderbolt-enabled Haswell mobo from ASRock, and an arcade-style fighting game controller from Razer:
- More value added to Adata's DashDrive series. Say hello to Adata's DashDrive UV150, which brings USB 3.0 connectivity and a top read speed of 90MB/s in an "attractive pearlescent exterior." The drive is launching in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities, all available in either black or "scarlet" colors. Oh, and the cap that protects the USB connector can be snapped on the back for safekeeping. That's always handy—nothing worse than a lost cap.
- ADATA offers up another choice to consumers. The DashDrive UC510 isn't as fast or as pearlescent as its big brother—it's a USB 2.0 specimen—but Adata claims it's compact and "highly water-resistant." The same 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities are available, this time in "steel-blue" and "titanium" colors. And losing the cap is completely impossible, because there isn't one.
- ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac is the World's First Intel® 8 Series Motherboard with Thunderbolt™ Certification. We've been hearing a lot about ASRock's Haswell's motherboards lately, from both official and unofficial sources. This time, ASRock has dropped us a line to say its upcoming Z87 Extreme9/ac mobo is the "world's first Intel 8 Series motherboard to pass the Intel Thunderbolt certification." Too bad ASRock doesn't go into more detail. We already know Haswell-based systems should feature some new Thunderbolt controllers from Intel, though.
- Razer launches Atrox arcade stick with support from fighting game community. Razer is mostly known for its PC mice and keyboards, so this is a little bit of a departure for them. The Atrox is an arcade-style fighting game controller for the Xbox 360. It has "10 tournament-grade Sanwa buttons" and an "authentic Sanwa joystick" that can be outfitted with either a ball top or a bat top. The controller can be cracked open and has a built-in storage compartment for "easy modding." Other perks include a 2.5-mm headset jack and a bundled screwdriver (whoopee!). Pricing is pretty steep, at $199.99, but I imagine Razer is catering to serious fighting game aficionados rather than casual players. Pre-orders for the Atrox are due to begin on May 21 ahead of the worlwide release in June. (Folks in Japan are apparently getting the controller later this month, though.)
So, yeah, I think I need to bite the bullet and get myself a USB 3.0 thumb drive. My USB 2.0 freebies from trade shows are nice, but SuperSpeed connectivity is everywhere nowadays, and the extra speed can be helpful when moving large files. Prices are much more reasonable than they used to be, too. The cheapest model listed at Newegg—an Adata drive, incidentally—costs only $9.99.