One of the downsides to Apple's Smart Cover for the iPad 2 is that it does nothing to protect the back of the tablet. That'll never do if you're clumsy or otherwise prone to scuffing up the back of your digital gadgets. This is where the third-party peripheral market comes into play, and a company called HandStand just released a rotating iPad 2 case that will have you singing Flo Rida's catchy "Right Round" as you spin your tablet, well, right round.
NZXT has a long history of cranking out funky looking enclosures, though that isn't always the case. The case maker's latest creation is designed to give gamers a silent computing experience so they can concentrate on the in-game action rather than the sounds coming from their PC. Truth be told, the new H2 silent midtower chassis looks lke a modern take on Antec's P182 from a few years back.
In this video run-down, we take a look at NZXT's new H2 PC case. It's a sleek looking case with some awesome features usually reserved for full tower cases--hot swappable SATA drive, sound dampening materials, and fan controls all fit into the hundred dollar package. Check it out!
Forget about space saving designs and cramming your computer parts into a diminutive chassis that can be tucked out of sight. Enermax is taking the exact opposite approach with its new SpineRex gaming tower for enthusiasts. This is a full tower (or "big tower," as Enermax likes to call it) enclosure measuring 544mm (D) x 213mm (W) x 521mm (H) with glowing LED fans, so it's meant to be seen not stored.
So maybe we're exaggerating a little when we say Asus stole our idea for a cardboard case, but for the record, former Maximum PC Associate Editor and current Contributing Writer, David Murphy, beat Asus to the punch by three and a half years. Printed in our October 2007 issue and viewable online here, The Murph went up against Senior Editor Gordon Mah Ung in our $500 PC Build Off challenge, and in an attempt to save a few pennies to apply to other upgrades, Murphy stuck his parts inside a cardboard box and called the abomination a system. If you thought his idea was brilliant, you'll love Asus' motherboard box/case concept.
Even though Intel and AMD haven't introduced boards with native USB 3.0 support, third-party manufacturers like NEC have stepped in to fill the void. Chances are if you purchased a high-end motherboard within the last several months, it's equipped with USB 3.0 ports. But is your case's front panel up to the job? Depends on when you bought it. Corsair's Obsidian Series 800D and 700D full-tower cases ship sans SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, but before you hand it down to little Johnny in order to upgrade to a new chassis, consider Corsair's inexpensive USB 3.0 upgrade kit.
At one buck shy of a Benjamin, Enermax's new Hoplite mid-tower computer case falls into budget territory, a fact belied by its feature-set. With a focus on "optimal cooling performance," the Hoplite features a front mounted 120mm blue/red combo LED fan with speed and light control, a rear 120mm fan, side fan mounts for two more 120mm fans, and two fan mounts on top that support both 140mm and 120mm fans. Even so, cooling takes a backseat to the rest of the feature-set.
Fractal Design's new Core 3000 is an attempt to offer a "unique combination of design, features, cooling performance, and value," areas mostly represented by the bullet list of features. Chief among them is the ability to outfit the chassis with up to 7 fans of various sizes, and it even includes a fan controller for the three pre-installed fans. Full specs after the jump.
The next generation of some of Antec's most popular cases are here. With the latest upgrades, the P183 has been transformed into the P183 V3, and same goes for the P193, Nine Hundred Two, and Twelve Hundred models. Each case received three main upgrades, including a front panel USB 3.0 port, at least one internal 2.5-inch SSD drive bay (yes, we know that's redundant), and a CPU cutout to make quick work out of swapping heatsinks. There's more.
Fractal Design’s Define R3—the first Fractal case that will be widely available in the States—marries cool Scandinavian design with a hefty dose of acoustic foam and lots of nice touches.
It’s easy to install a 12cm or 14cm fan on the side panel in place of that acoustic damping foam.
The Define R3 is available in four colors: black, grey, silver, and white. We chose the white one because, damn, something about an all-white case with a great paint job just gives us the warm-and-fuzzies. And it really is a great paint job—it’s all smooth and glossy on the outside and matte on the inside, like the gods intended. The case’s frame and panels are all steel, and the side panels are quite heavy—due in part to the dense sound-absorbing foam panels they include. The case includes a nicely weighted front-panel door (with the hinges on the left), with acoustic foam on the inside and side vents so the front fans can continue to pull air into the chassis.
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