Lian Li wants to make it abundantly clear that just because its new PC-A04 chassis qualifies as a mini-tower, it still sports a big feature-set, including the ability to mount up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives.
You can jam a micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboard into the PC-A04 as well as elongated videocards up to 370mm (a little over 14.5 inches for the anti-metric folk). Getting back to the drive bays, the PC-A04 divides these between two cages, one that holds three and another that houses four. Each one is tool-less and come with vibration dampening thumb screws.
On the cooling front, Lian Li includes two 120mm intake fans on the front panel and a single 120mm exhaust fan on top panel. Air filters accompany all three fans, and there's a space on the back to hold a fan speed controller.
Look for this one to ship later this month for around $110.
Lian Li claims its new Tyr PC-X500FX computer case "is a direct result of Lian Li's commitment to listening and giving consumers what they want." So what exactly did consumers cry out for?
"Reviewers called for more HDD room and they got it," Lian Li said. "The new case has tool-less, rubber suspension mounts for six 3.5-inch internal HDDs, as well as one internal 2.5-inch HDD. Two tool-less, external 5.25-inch ODD bays can be placed on either the right or left side panel, giving users the flexibility to place the PC-X500FX in virtually any location they want."
The PX-X500FX also sports a multi-heat zone design, three LED 140mm intake fans behind a washable dust filter on the front panel, two 120mm fans on the rear, and of course the now ubiquitous rubber-lined water cooling cutouts.
Other features include an all-black interior, three-speed fan control, four USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, On/Off LED switch, an a side panel window to show off all your groovy hardware.
Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundstrom -- the three men responsible for The Pirate Bay -- were again found guilty of copyright violations, this time by the Svea Appeals Court, the Associated Press reports.
The appeals court did reduce their prison sentences from one year each down to 10 months, however the reduced sentences come at a cost. Instead of owing $4.5 million in damages, as assessed by the lower court, the appeals court raised the amount to $6.5 million.
The three men, along with Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who didn't appear in the appeals court hearing because of an illness, have maintained that they're innocent because TBP doesn't host any copyrighted material.
It's not clear whether they will seek another appeal.
We dinged September’s Antec Sonata Proto for being feature-poor. Can’t say the same of the flagship of Antec’s Dark Fleet line, the DF-85. This full-tower chassis looks great, is packed with fans, and includes luxury extras that wouldn’t be out of place in a case twice the price.
The DF-85 stands 23.5 inches high by 20 inches deep by 8.4 inches wide, and is constructed of matte-black painted steel. The entire front is taken up by hinged door compartments: three removable optical-drive doors and three mesh-covered front doors with 12cm three-speed LED fans—removable, washable dust filters included. The DF-85 also has two 14cm top exhaust fans and two 12cm rear LED exhaust fans. All four exhaust fans are two-speed and controlled by switches at the case’s rear. The case’s front-panel connectors include a hot-swap 2.5-inch drive bay (similar to the CM 690 II Advanced), three USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 port, fed by a pass-through to the rear panel, à la last month’s HAF X.
Boutique system builder iBuyPower is putting on its Dutch Boy dungarees and offering up its LAN Warrior II small form factor PCs in four new painted colors, including blue, red, green, and orange.
"LAN party gamers look for two things in a mobile gaming system -- power and style," said Darren Su, vice president of iBuyPower. "The new LAN Warrior IIs deliver both by incorporating the best components available and a little war paint that is sure to turn heads."
Custom paint jobs typically put the squeeze on your wallet, but iBuyPower is offering up these new colors for a mere $19 premium over the standard black version. And this is actual paint, not a vinyl decal.
"The newest editions feature a colored border front with a black backlit grill, painted side panel, and top including the integrated handle," iBuyPower says.
Not a bad deal for less than $20, with baseline configurations starting at $750 (AMD), $800 (Intel P55), and $1,000 (Intel X58).
Enermax is gambling that LEDs still sell cases to gamers and enthusiasts. That's the idea behind equipping the company's new LuxuRay enclosure with a special 12cm blue/red/green combo "Vegas" LED fan with 14 LED modes, each of which can be changed from the switch on the front panel.
Once you're done playing with the light show, you can check out the other features, like tool-less drive bays, a bottom-mounted PSU slot with anti-dust filter, cutouts on the motherboard tray, watercooling cutouts, an all black interior, thumbscrews for easy access, support for 2.5-inch drives (SSDs), and support for videocards up to 310mm in length.
Ballistic has released another "Hard Core" case, this latest one designed for BlackBerry Curve 8500 and 9300 owners. The Ballistic HC offers five layers of protection, which according to Ballistic makes it the "most technically advanced rugged case on the market."
"The Ballistic HC provides unmatched protection for consumers and we are thrilled to make it available to our loyal Blackberry customers," said Adam Stubin, Vice President of Business Development, AG Findings. "With Blackberry dominating 31 percent of the cell phone industry, the release of our Blackberry HC case represents massive growth potential for the Ballistic brand."
The five layers consists of an inner rubber layer, rigid structural frame, outer shock absorption rubber, removable outer silicone rubber shock-absorption layer with connector plug/seals, and a screen protector.
The Ballistic HC will be available in both black and gray at AT&T stores (and online) for $50.
Power supplies aren't the only thing going modular these days, so are computer cases. And leave it to Antec to go all-in with its new LanBoy Air, which looks a little bit like a Transformer, and acts like one too.
"Antec's Skeleton was universally lauded as the most innovative chassis ever. The LanBoy Air builds on the Skeleton's open-air frame design, combining it with a familiar form factor and fully modular construction," said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. "This chassis offers our most avid users the platform they need to push the limits of what they imagined possible in high-performance system design."
The LanBoy Air comes covered in mesh, giving users all the benefits of a truly open-air setup (like HTPC's TechStation or Danger Den's Torture Rack) with a bit more protection. Cooling is the name of the game here, with spots to mount up to 15 fans.
Other features include 11 total drive bays, CPU cut-out, support for graphics cards exceeding 15 inches, three USB ports (including a single USB 3.0 port), and a bunch of parts to move around and customize (check out the video).
We're not into the whole branding thing ourselves, but if you're a fan of AMD's dragon graphics, don't plan on rolling your own rig, and don't have a hankering for Intel hardware, then iBuyPower has a chassis right up your alley. Designed in conjunction with AMD, the new Dragon Special Edition enclosure is really an NZXT Lexa case with a killer makeover.
"The uniquely wrapped NZXT Lexa enclosure features the metallic AMD Dragon with its piercing red eyes, wings spread, and jaws open poised to strike," iBuyPower explains. "The AMD Dragon Special Edition chassis is designed to add an element of lethality to gamers' lifestyles."
And a bit of flair to your desktop. But the real draw here is that iBuyPower isn't price gouging. The Dragon themed Lexa is available on iBuyPower's entire range of AMD systems, including as part of a fully configured Athlon II-based setup starting at $439. Just ignore the 'X6' tag on the side of the case, we won't tell.
Do you share NZXT's concern that traditional case lighting methods that involve cold cathodes and solid LED boards tend to consume too much case space? If yes, then NZXT would be very happy to share “a fresh approach to case lighting” with you for a small price. Its new Sleeved LED Kit might just be the answer to many case lighting problems.
“NZXT’s unique design pairs sleeved wires with a high density of LED’s, enabling enthusiasts to snake the lights between side panels and under components with ease. The end result is a beautiful glow throughout the case with a clean installation that doesn’t detract from the internal aesthetics. Users can adjust the light brightness to low, medium, and high levels with red, green, blue, white, or orange kits,” reads the press release announcing the Sleeved LED Kit,” reads the press release announcing the Sleeved LED Kit
It will go on sale at the end of this month, with prices starting at $9.99.