Whether you're a power user always upgrading your hardware or an IT admin, we're willing to bet you have a spare hard drive or three laying around. And in most cases, they're out in the open or tossed in a box of electronics. Sound familiar? If so, maybe NewerTech's StoraDrive is what you've been needing.
The StoraDrive is a stackable anti-static case for housing your unused hard drives. Think of it as Tupperware for HDDs, only it looks a lot cooler and they're less likely to come tumbling down if you stack them on top of each other.
Each drawer runs $10 and comes with a label on the front. It's made of injection molded ABS plastic, has non-skid rubber feet, and it fits any standard 3.5-inch hard drive, be it PATA or SATA. What you won't find, however, are any USB ports or other connectors for hooking up to your PC - the StoraDrive is strictly a storage container.
Could you see yourself using something like this, or do you think NewerTech is attacking a problem that doesn't exist?
Lian Li on Tuesday unveiled its TYR PC-X2000F gaming grade chassis, which the company is also billing as an HTPC enclosure. Given the case's size, Lian Li might be going on a bit of limb with that one, though we'll concede the case certainly allows "high performance components to be encompassed into the home theater environment without compromising looks or appeal."
Lian Li's latest enclosure supports E-ATX, ATX, and mATX motherboards and comes with four tool-less optical drive bays placed on either the left or right side. You'll also find seven tool-less hard drive mounting racks, cable storage behind the motherboard tray, a fan control-switch on the back panel, four USB 3.0 I/O ports, and five 140mm LED fans (three at the front and two in the back).
Should you decide to plop the PC-X2000F into your living room, noise apparently won't be an issue, Lian Li claims. The company says the case was designed with silence in mind, and as such, it comes with "specialized sound insulation material combined with the 2mm thick aluminum alloy side panels [to] keep your system whisper quiet."
The case will be available by the end of the month for around $540.
Power users rarely consider a micro ATX case because of the space constraints for high end hardware, but with the introduction of NZXT's Vulcan chassis, perhaps it's time to rethink that philosophy. This thing was built with the LAN gamer in mind, and as such, it comes ready to house not only one, but two full-sized ATI Radeon HD 5970 videocards.
"Most Micro ATX cases currently on the market make a lot of sacrifices to save space" said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT. "With Vulcan, we’re making a huge statement by empowering gamers with a portable solution that is 40% more compact than ATX full towers that still offers superior cooling and space for larger heatsinks and the most demanding graphics cards like the Radeon 5970 in CrossFire."
The Vulcan retains NZXT's flair for gaming oriented designs and shares similar traits with full-sized ATX enclosures. Features include an all-black interior, two 5.25-inch and four 3.5-inch slots, non-slip finish, dual 8W fan control, watercooling cutouts, two top mounted 120mm fans with support for a 200mm side fan, routing holes for easier cable management, removable hard drive cage, and thumbscrews for all drives.
NZXT tells us the Vulcan will be available by the end of the month for $70.
Gamers with deep pockets have a new high-end enclosure to choose from, one that's loaded with modern amenities, including dual-heat zones so that your drives avoid cooking in the heat coming from your processor, videocard, and other components in and around the motherboard.
The spacious PC-X900 includes three 5.25-inch optical drive bays and seven 3.5-inch drive bays separated in two cages, all of which are tool-less. It can accommodate videocards up to 300mm in length, and you'll find four USB 3.0 ports mounted on the top cover next to an eSATA port.
Plenty of fans are provided to cool the aluminum case, including three 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the back.
Lian Li says this PC-X900 will begin shipping by the end of May for around $440 (Silver or Black) and $500 (Red).
Sticklers for journalistic propriety have always frowned upon checkbook journalism, which is far more rampant now thanks to the internet. Thankfully for checkbook journalists though, their critics can do little more than protest. But buying a story is one thing, and flouting the law in doing so a totally different affair.
Last week, when Gizmodo proudly flaunted what it claimed to be a misplaced prototype of the next iPhone, it prompted many to question the legality of the way in which the phone was acquired – the blog’s editors avowedly paid $5000 for the misplaced phone. Under state law, a finder of goods who can determine the owner of lost property is under legal obligation to return it to its original owner, and the failure to do so makes him guilty of theft.
It has now emerged that cops investigating the matter raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's house on Friday and confiscated four computers and two servers. According to Jason Chen, cops bust into his house in his absence and were busy scouring the place for evidence when he and his wife arrived from dinner at around 9:45PM. The cops were carrying a search warrant issued by the Superior Court of the County of San Mateo, California.
Gawker Media COO Gaby Darbyshire believes that the search warrant against Gizmodo's editor contravened section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code, which states that “a publisher, editor, reporter, or other person connected with or employed upon a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication” can not be forced to make any disclosures with regards to the source of any information obtained by them in their official capacity.
We've seen a handful of unique (and some funky) cases come out this year, including Thermaltake's Level 10 and Lian Li's Spider. You can go ahead and add NZXT's limited edition Tempest EVO Camo case to the fray.
This special edition chassis comes decked out in a camouflage theme that will appeal to past, present, and future military buffs. NZXT isn't exactly a stranger when it comes to non-traditional case design, but even this is a departure for the company, though not necessarily in a bad way (we'll let you be the judge of that).
Underneath the camouflage exterior is the Tempest EVO like any other. The mid-tower case comes constructed of steel and plastic, and includes 3 external 5.25-inch drive bays, 1 external 3.5-inch drive bay, 8 internal 3.5-inch drive bays, and 7 expansion slots. It also comes with a bevy of fans, including 2 x 120mm blue LED front fans, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust, 1 x 120mm blue LED side panel fan, and 2 x 140mm top fans.
Typically when we think of Lian- Li enclosures, we pictured brushed aluminum and sleek aesthetics. We also envision huge towers with enough room to build a high-end PC and hide a body, and while the former is present and accounted for, you're not going to be shoving a whole lot into the the new Mini-Q Series.
Lian Li's catering to a different kind of system builder with its PC-Q06, a compact enclosure that's able to house your components on the inside and hold a mini-ITX mobo on top. Also available are optional ATX and mATX motherboard trays, which we suspect will be of more interest to most users shopping for a test bench.
You'll find holders for two PCI brackets Lian Li says are capable of holding heavy graphics cards, as well as the ability to house one standard 5.25-inch optical drive, one standard 3.5-inch hard drive, and one standard ATX power supply. Also included are two USB 3.0 headers and high-definition audio ports on the front panel.
We're told the PC-Q06 will be available by the end of May for around $90 in silver or black, and $105 for red.
Lian Li has been known to take chances in case design, like the PC-777 snail shell chassis. But never have we seen anything like the Pitstop PC-T1 Mini-ITX Spider Test Bench.
This four-legged arachnid sports an angle-adjustable motherboard tray that sits out in the open for easy access, but only accommodates mini-ITX boards. There's a place for a single 5.25-inch slim optical drive, one standard 3.5-inch HDD or SSD, and an ATX power supply.
"Lian Li's PC-T1 is most ideal for hardware enthusiasts looking to display an impressive computer system for the next LAN party or to challenge family and friends with a unique looking HTPC," Lian Li explains.
Not everything being shown off at CeBIT will actually make it to retail, so we may never actually see Lian Li's PC-T1R chassis. Judging by the pictures, that might not be a bad thing.
Lian Li certainly found itself thinking outside the box on this one, perhaps a bit too far. At first glance, the PC-T1R looks like a gigantic metal spider, but that's not even the quirkiest part. What we can't wrap our heads around is why the oversized contraption only accommodates micro-ATX motherboards. The whole point of building a mATX system is to save space, but good luck stuffing the PC-T1R into your home theater cabinet or any other tight squeezes.
Misgivings aside, the PC-T1R also makes room for a hard drive, optical drive, and power supply. There's an on/off switch, and according to news and rumor site Fudzilla, should this make it past CeBIT, you'll be able to buy it in red or black for about $225.
Corsair today put to rest persistent rumors regarding its Obsidian series 700D computer case by officially announcing the enclosure, which is based on the familiar Obsidian 800D.
“From the moment we announced the Obsidian Series 800D chassis, enthusiasts were captivated by its unique combination of features, looks and performance, and the fact that it is a true builders’ chassis,” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. “Our goal with the Obsidian Series 700D is to offer a chassis that retains the essence of what made the 800D so popular, but at a lower price point, allowing a wider range of consumers to build their own Corsair Dream PC.”
To help cut costs, the four hot-swap SATA bay of the 800D has been replaced by four fixed SATA bays. Corsair also tossed the side window out the, er, window and replaced it with a solid side panel on the 700D.
Other than those two changes, the case looks to be largely the same as its bigger-numbered brother, including the same CPU backplate, tool-free drive installation, and cable management scheme.
Look for the 700D to start shipping in April. No word yet on price.