October 2005

Raidmax X1

Raidmax has succeeded in making the X1 stand out from the average beige box. This all-steel specimen sports a high-quality paint job, and the front door boasts a large aluminum bezel that doubles as a handle.

Casio Exilim EX-P505

A lot of sweat and R&D dollars were obviously spent making the Exilim P505 camera stylish and ultra-compact.

SanDisk Sansa 1GB

No matter how ugly somebody’s kid is—even if he looks like a goat—etiquette prohibits discussion of the malady.

Thermaltake Golden Orb II

The original Thermaltake Golden Orb was one of the first CPU coolers to deviate from the established “aluminum brick” design, and it consequently paved the way for the onslaught of innovative CPU coolers that continues to this day.

Toshiba Libretto U105

Miniature notebooks can be like small dogs. They’re cute and cause people to say “awww” but they don’t have much of a bite.

But don’t assume that about Toshiba’s Libretto U105, which shoehorns a 1.2GHz Pentium M, a 60GB hard drive, 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0, a FireWire port, an SD card reader, and a biometric fingerprint reader into a computer the size of a VHS cassette.
Taking a cue from BMW’s Mini Cooper, Toshiba reintroduced the Libretto to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.

Thermalrock Eclipse

Thermalrock’s slogan is “Innovation Everywhere,” but there’s not a whole lot of that in the company’s first case, dubbed the Eclipse.

HP iPaq hw6515

Remember the classic Princess phone? You picked it up, pressed some buttons, yapped with a friend until 8:30 p.m., and then hung up to watch Rhoda on TV.

Aspire X-QPack

A small formfactor case is like a subcompact car: It works fine until you try to fill it up. That’s likely why we’re seeing an increasing number of medium formfactor boxes—cube enclosures just slightly bigger than SFF computers that can hold more and better hardware inside.

Aspire’s X-QPack is one such enclosure that straddles the line between mini-tower and SFF.

Shuttle SB86i

BTX is the Rodney Dangerfield of formfactors: It just doesn’t get any respect from power users.