Our initial impression of the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer wasn’t great. Though the case is only $90, we can’t help but feel wary running our hands over a lightweight plastic front panel. It’s just instinct. But after spending some time with the Enforcer, we actually came away impressed—mostly.
“Incredible.” “Horrendous.” “Wow. I can’t believe that just happened!” “Ugh, I can’t believe that just happened.” “Geralt, you cheeky bastard.” “Geralt, you worthless bastard.” These are all things we said while playing The Witcher 2. It’s an incredibly hot-and-cold game, to be sure. One moment it might wow you with brilliant writing, or a choice that makes BioWare’s fantasy behemoth Dragon Age look utterly toothless. The next it’ll have you spitting flames over frustrating, repetitive combat, and design decisions that simply boggle the mind. Ignore all that, though, because here’s what really counts: We couldn’t put it down.
A laptop is a lot of things—it’s a mobile entertainment center, a portal to the web, and a way to get work done away from home. More than anything, though, it’s a freakin’-expensive piece of hardware that you absolutely do not want to lose.
Of course, the best way to keep your laptop is to not get it stolen in the first place. But if you do, you can be prepared to try and track it down.
Acer’s HN274H is remarkable. Not only is this 27-inch display the first to incorporate the 3D Vision IR emitter into the display itself, but it also has HDMI 1.4a—so it’s capable of being used with a Blu-ray deck or PlayStation 3—and a WLED backlight. Exciting stuff, but it doesn’t do much good if the display is a disappointment in 2D. Fortunately, in that regard the HN274H was stellar.
BenQ developed the XL2410T with the help of two high-profile Counter-Strike gamers in order to produce one of the first 120Hz, LED-backlit monitors that is 3D capable—although it doesn’t come bundled with Nvidia’s 3D Vision glasses and emitter. You’ll need to buy that kit separately for $150. The TN panel has the advantage of being able to go to portrait mode—one of the few bonus features in this display.