There was a time when hulking computer towers were all the rage, and for some, they still are. By and large, however, the general shift in computing has been towards smaller, space saving form factors. Hoping to capitalize on that trend is Cooler Master, which recently announced its Elite 120 Advanced chassis pitched as "a modern solution for the space conscious" builder.
Apparently owning a smartphone or tablet means you're predisposed to favoring ultra-compact computer cases over mid-towers or those hulking full-tower hunks of aluminum and steel. Just ask Lian Li, which today introduced a trio of pint-sized brushed aluminum cases "for smartphone and tablet" wielding folk looking to build "personal data storage hubs for all your mobile devices." Interesting pitch, no?
We had the good fortune of catching reps at Silverstone before they left for CES, and they didn't dissapoint, bringing a ton of new hardware for us to demo and check out, and even let us take a look at some early-stage renderings of some of their upcoming chassis' (we can't show you those, unfortunately). All of the products are currently on the show-floor now, at CES, so check out the three videos below and let us know what you think! Pretty spiffy stuff, eh?
It’s been a long road for the Cosmos II, but it’s finally here. The long-awaited successor to Cooler Master’s blockbuster Cosmos was supposed to ship in September—around the same time as our 2011 Dream Machine, which used a prototype version of the Cosmos II as its chassis. Well, after some trips back to the drawing board, the Cosmos II is finally ready for prime time. It’s real. And it’s spectacular.
The Cosmos II, which Cooler Master bills as an “Ultra Tower,” is 20 percent larger than the original Cosmos—it’s more than 27 inches tall, 26 deep, and 13.5 inches at its widest; and it weighs a staggering 47 pounds empty. The chassis frame is steel, while the shell is plastic, with aluminum cladding on the panels. The build quality is outstanding, with nary a sharp edge, uneven panel or flimsy component. The sliding doors on the top and front panel slide smoothly, the side hinges are solid and easy to use, and the handles won’t fall off. Our review unit is all black, but Cooler Master also offers a silver model.
OK, so we don't get a ton of snow out here in San Francisco (see: pretty much none), but we have noticed a fairly massive influx of snow-themed products adorning our lab these past couple of months. As Gordon aptly pointed out a while back, white is the new black, which was the new beige, which...well, we forget the rest of that particular rant.
Point is, white products seem to be cool again, and in the spirit of the holiday season, we thought we'd spotlight some of our favorite alabaster tech products of the last couple of months. Check out the gallery below, and make sure to let us know which products we missed in the comments.
sdFrom afar, there’s little to distinguish the Antec P280 from such long-in-the-tooth predecessors as Antec’s P183. The steel side panels are all black, without mounting holes for additional fans or windows to provide a look inside. There’s no LED glow, either. The only exterior visual clues that reveal this to be an entirely new chassis are the front-panel connections, including two USB 3.0 connectors with an internal header, which are located above the case’s front door.
Computers, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Except you've never seen people who tip the scales at 200-plus tons. Or expand so radically they essentially cover the earth. Or shrink so small they're no longer visible.
For today we're going to look at the extremes. The smallest. The fattest. The most grandiose. And all things between—including a couple of quick jaunts down memory lane that'll have you pining for the innocent days of olde.
If the Thermaltake Level 10 GT wasn’t visually striking enough for you, the just announced Snow Edition could be perfect. Good build quality, unique looks, and now glossy white paint makes this case a builder’s dream. But get your credit card in hand before you get your heart set on it.
What a long, strange trip it's been. Ten years ago, most computer chassis were plain beige enclosures, barely worth mentioning. But over the years, manufacturers have been adding features: better materials, more fans, toolless drive bays, side windows, cable-routing cutouts, airflow ducts. And where they've faltered, modders have picked up the pace. Today's sub-$100 cases have features that weren't seen on the fanciest cases five years ago, and thing are only looking up. In the wake of the new case roundup we posted earlier this week, let's step back in time and look at some of the coolest cases of yesteryear.