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.
To those of you who pledge allegiance to the united iPhone 4 owners club of America, here's a reminder that you have until September 30, 2010 to claim your Apple provided case to help aid your smartphone's signal when you insist on holding the thing wrong -- you know, like a cell phone.
September 30th is the same date Steve Jobs first quoted when the announcement was initially made, adding that Apple would "evaluate" whether an extension would be necessary or not. According to a statement on Apple's website, it appears the Cupertino company has come to a decision, and that's to stick with the original cutoff date. After that, you're just going to have to start holding your iPhone correctly, or get an Android device.
"A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we wan to continue providing them a Bumper case for free," Apple said in a statement. "For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case."
Have any of you taken Apple up on this offer, and if so, did the case help?
Lian Li continues its barrage of new cases, the latest one being a new entry to its Mini-Q series, the PC-Q11. Billed as a "slim mini-tower designed for users who require more space and style," this new chassis comes ready to support mini-ITX and mini-DTX foundations.
The PC-Q11 measures 200x326x260mm (WxH.D) and weighs a little over 5.3 pounds (2.42kb). It comes with a modular HDD cage, 1.5mm aluminum alloy panel, a single 140mm fan at the front, a single 5.25-inch optical drive bay, support for up to two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on the front, and two PCI expansion slots.
The PC-Q11 will start shipping later this month for $95 (silver or black), $115 (red), and $175 (white).
Lian Li, maker of high-end cases often constructed in brushed aluminum, looks to add to its legacy with the PC-C50 multimedia HTPC enclosure.
Like so many cases before this one, the PC-C50 is made from the aforementioned brushed aluminum and is available in both black and silver. Modular is the name of the game here, with the PC-C50 sporting a modular CD-ROM cage and two removable HDD cages.
Adding a touch of modern flair, the PC-C50 incorporates USB 3.0 support into the front panel connectors. Other features include two 120mm exhaust fans on the side, PCI brackets with vent holes for additional cooling, two 120mm and 80mm size fan holes on the top and at the rear, respectively, an MS/SD card reader slot, and support for mATX, mini-DTX, and mini-ITX motherboards.
The PC-C50 will start shipping in late August for around $190.
Lian Li has just added a new all aluminum chassis to its Mini Q series, the PC-V354. Designed for small setups, Lian Li's latest mini tower serves up support for micro-ATX, mini-ITX, and mini-DTX form factors.
The case measures 245x320x420mm (W.H.D.) and boasts enough room to accommodate up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives. Each HDD cage is modular, so if you plan on installing an elongated videocard, you can remove one of the cages and gain access to nearly 14 inches of space.
On the cooling front, the PC-354 comes with two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and a single 140mm fan on the top. Lian Li says that each one comes mounted with special anti-vibration grommets and dust filters, making them capable of running near silent while keeping your system free from debris.
Other features include a pair of USB 3.0-ready ports, a single external 5.25-inch drive bay, and integrated SD card reader.
Look for the PC-354 to ship at the end of August for $180 (silver/black) and $200 (red).
NZXT has come out with another case the company hopes will appeal to gamers, and anyone else looking for a cooling punch with a bit of flair. It's called the "Phantom," and like many of NZXT's cases, this curvy addition is meant to turn heads. NZXT insists it's also highly functional.
"This is the most intelligent and elegantly designed chassis we've ever conceived," said Johnny Hou, Found and Chief Designer at NZXT. "The profoundly unique contours combined with a highly functional, robust feature set solidifies Phantom as one of the most innovative case designs on the market."
The Phantom comes equipped with 7 fan cooling options with dual 200mm, single 230/200mm, triple 120mm, and front 140mm fans. It can also support dual radiators and has four watercooling cutouts, as well as an integrated fan controller with up to five 20W channels.
Other features include E-ATX support, tool-less installation, easily removable front and top panels, and an LED on/off button to control fan lighting.
The Phatom will start shipping in September for $140 and come in white, red, or black.
We’ve always been attracted to microATX cases and have long fantasized about building a high-performance PC in a small package. But cases designed for Micro ATX motherboards have always disappointed. Cube-shaped cases are typically cramped, despite consuming twice the floor space of a tower. And while micro-towers take up less space, they often look like something from Home Depot’s appliance department.
When NZXT’s Vulcan arrived, we thought this might be the one. The Vulcan offers up military-industrial styling and front-mounted manual fan controls. On top you’ll find two USB ports, power and reset buttons, audio jacks, an eSATA port, and a removable handle for easy carrying. It’s black inside and out. It boasts a cutout on the motherboard tray for easy installation of advanced CPU coolers and the requisite liquid cooling tubes. It can accommodate as many as four hard drives and two optical drives. And the power-supply compartment at the bottom has a down-facing vent for PSUs with 120mm cooling fans.
We thought maybe Enermax had gone and fallen into a volcano, which would explain why we hadn't heard nary a peep from them in quite some time. And we're still not ready to rule out that scenario, but the good news is they're OK, and have emerged with a new case called "Volcanus," which is also the name of the mythical God of the fire of the sky.
Not without irony, Enermax touts "outstanding cooling performance" inside its newest mid-tower case sporting an "aggressive flame-themed design." The Volcanus holds up to five fans, including a front-mounted 140mm blue/red combo LED fan with an 11-mode light control.
Other features include tool-less drive bays and expansion slots, thumb screws for both side panels, motherboard tray with cut-out for installing third-party heatsinks/backplates, HDD rails with rubber grommets, cable management accouterments, and a bottom-mounted PSU slot.