Case fans typically aren't all that exciting. Some sport funky fan blades, other boast LED lights, and all of them are shrouded in plastic with screw holes to attach to your case. You have fans that are designed to push more air than a hurricane, and others built with low acoustics in mind. But what makes the new USB Rubber Vegas (U.R.Vegas) fan line from Enermax so unique is how you mount the fans and move them around.
When it comes to building your own personal dream machine, there's no such thing as too much, right? That's how we've always felt, though every once in awhile a company comes along and launches a product that challenges that notion. Today its Enermax, which by its own admission "enters the heavyweight class with its new MaxRevo high-performance" power supply line designed for multi-GPU systems, industrial PCs, workstations, and servers. Enermax isn't just puffing its chest here, the lowest end model in the MaxRevo line is a whopping 1200W (1.2kW) PSU!
From the outside, the Enermax Hoplite doesn’t really stand out. Its generic industrial look has been done before, and better—it owes a lot to Cooler Master’s HAF series, by way of example. What it lacks in the looks department, however, it makes up for with ease of use. Couple that with a $100 price tag and a pretty spiffy LED-enabled front fan, and you’ve got yourself a deal. Kind of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enermax today confirmed plans to start shipping its ultra-thin 'Acrylux' keyboard to the U.S. next month. The keyboard, which is already available in Europe, will come in both wired and wireless varieties.
Unlike other slim keyboards "that only achieve their slimness by sacrificing the wrist rest and thus typing comfort," Enermax points out that its Acrylux features a full wrist rest with a profile of only 9.2mm.
In addition to its svelte stature, the Acrylux comes built with reinforced acryl. Other features include a 2-port USB 2.0 high-speed hub, flat key caps and zero degree angle, and "SCISSORS" key switch technology, which Enermax claims offers comfortable typing for up to 10 million keystrokes.
No word yet on price, but based on the going rate in Europe, look for the Acrylux to command $65 for the wired version, and $85 for the 2.4GHz RF wireless model.
Currently, power supply vendors are rewarded by having power efficiency of 80 percent. But, Enermax is taking this one step forward by boasting efficiency rates of 90 percent and higher.
In today’s PSU market, there are bronze, silver and gold labels for 80-Plus certification, with gold landing anywhere between 87 and 93 percent efficiency. Enermax is suggesting that there be a true 90-Plus certification, so that customers can identify premium power supplies easier. They also plan to take a majority of their power supplies above 90 percent by Q4 of this year.
If you’re interested in one of these 90 percenters, be sure to check out PSUs from Enermax’s Revolution series, which are available now.