Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2013 - 08:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, gaming keyboard, thermaltake, knucker plunger
The unfortunately named Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Keyboard gets its name from the Plunger switches that were used for the keys on this board. They are not quite mechanical switches but do offer more feedback, both tactile and audible, when a key is depressed so that you get a feel similar to a mechanical switch but without the accompanying price tag. With LED backlighting and easily removable keys it does offer the same benefits as high end gaming keyboards but at $40 it will not cost you as much as other models. Benchmark Reviews tried out the newest member of the Tt eSPORTS lineup finding it more than acceptable for the price point.
"In today's throw away culture it seems that nothing is sacred anymore, spending ~$100 on a keyboard seems like nothing to some folks with seamlessly disposable income, but not all of us have that luxury. To this end Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS division have created the Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard (model: KB-KNK008). The Knucker Gaming Keyboard was designed and priced to sit part way between a regular rubber dome keyboard and a mechanical switch keyboard. The end result is what Thermaltake call 'Plunger switch technology', a semi-mechanical rubber dome setup that gives tactile feel of mechanical switches at a much lower cost. Here at Benchmark Reviews we aim to give you the information you want without all the hype, so you can make an educated decision for yourself. Read on to find out if the Knucker Keyboard is all that it promises to be."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- Xebec Tech Easy Eye Large Letter Keyboard @ eTeknix
- TteSports Saphira Gaming Mouse @ eTiknix
- Mionix Ensis 320 Luna Mousepad @ Rbmods
- Neo Reflection Wireless 3D Finger Mouse @ Hardware.info
- Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse and Surface 1030 XL Review @ Madshrimps
- Shogun Bros Ballista MK1 8200dpi Pro Gaming mouse @ Kitguru
- SteelSeries Call of Duty Black Ops II Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Tesoro GUNGNIR H5 Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Logitech G500s @ LanOC Reviews
- Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse and Surface 1030 XL Mouse mat @ Metku.net
- Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Techgage
- Corsair M95 MMO Gaming Mouse @ eTekix
- ROCCAT Roundup: Mice, Mousepad, and Bungee @ OCC
- TteSports Black Element Combat White MMO Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Tt eSPORTS THERON Battle Ready Gaming Mouse @ NikKTech
- ROCCAT Hiro Gaming Mouse Pad Review @ Neoseeker
Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2013 - 07:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, esports, Chao Dracco, thermaltake
With the obnoxious variety of headphones available companies seem to be struggling to stand out in the crowd. Audio quality comes a close second to the aesthetics of the headphones, with bright colours and logos dominating the audio section of any retail store. Thermaltake's eSPORTS Chao Dracco is no exception, though they are very uniquely pink. That doesn't mean that they neglected the sound as they have used 50mm drivers with a respectable 10Hz to 22K Hz range. Read Bjorn3D's impression of how that translates into your ear in their full review.
"Tt eSPORTS Chao is about culture, and technology advances this culture to create massive individuality. It’s about fashion. Whether it’s hippies, punk, gothic, or hip-hop, you are Chao. - Tt eSPORTS. This is a great aggressive catch line from a relativity new company. Let’s find out if they hold up to it."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Ozone Rage ST Gaming Headset @ techPowerUp
- SteelSeries Siberia V2 Cross-Platform Headset Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Steelseries Flux In Ear Headset @ LanOC Reviews
- Antec Mobile Products iso Headphones & gain Headphone Amp Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II Review @ TechReviewSource
- Eagle Tech Arion Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review @ NikKTech
- Scythe Kama Bay Amp Pro (SDAR-3000) & Kro Craft Speakers Rev. B Review @ Madshrimps
- Ineo Alienvibes W601 Speaker Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- A.M.P. SP1 review: newcomer in Bluetooth speaker dock @ Hardware.info
- Finis SwiMP3 X18 2GB @ XSReviews
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2013 - 06:57 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, full tower, e-atx, urban s71
Thermaltake recently launched the Urban S71 full tower chassis to round out its Urban line of cases (like its Urban S21 mid-tower). The S71 is constructed of SECC steel, weighs approximately 24 pounds, and measures 21 x 8.4 x 23-inches (534 x 213 x 584mm). The black brushed metal design is aesthetically pleasing and sound dampening foam reduces noise. Thermaltake is offering up two models: the VP500M1W2N with a side panel window and the VP500M1N2N without a window (and with more sound dampening foam).
The Urban S71 chassis features a brushed aluminum front door that conceals three 5.25" bays and one 3.5" drive bay. The top of the case hosts a docking station for a 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive. The top-front of the case includes the following IO options:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Mic In
- 1 x Headphone Out
- 1 x Power button (plus LED)
- 1 x Reset button (plus LED)
Pre-installed cooling options include two 200mm fans (at the front and top vents) and one 120mm high speed rear fan. The case includes removable dust filters on the top, front, and bottom vents. There is also room for a fan in bottom of the case, but is not included out of the box.
The interior of Thermaltake's Urban S71 chassis includes support for motherboards up to E-ATX in size and graphics cards up to 344mm in length. Cable routing and water cooling grommets are included on the motherboard tray and rear IO respectively. There are also eight total expansion slots and 6 3.5" drive bays (one externally-accessible). The top case ventilation slot(s) can support up to a 240mm water cooling radiator as well (like the Corsair H100).
In all, the Urban S71 is an impressive case with quite a few useful features. There is no word on pricing or availability yet, however.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2013 - 09:00 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, sony, tap20, vaio, iosafe, n2, synology, NAS, Z77, dragon, msi, pata, apacer, seasonic, thermaltake, urban
PC Perspective Podcast #241 - 03/07/2013
Join us this week as we discuss the Sony VAIO TAP 20, ioSafe N2 NAS, new Z77 motherboards and more!
The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!
- iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the Store
- RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader
- MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file
Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano
Program length: 1:04:57
Podcast topics of discussion:
- 0:01:25 We did a Tomb Raider stream
- Week in Reviews:
- 0:22:2 00 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
News items of interest:
- 0:24:25 ASUS PadFone Infinity from MWC
- 0:27:10 Apacer Launches New PATA SSDs
- 0:32:00 Seagate will cease 7200 RPM mobile HDDs this year
- 0:34:50 Thermaltake launches Urban S21 case
- 0:38:55 Double your HDD density with HGST
- 0:43:00 MSI has new gaming series of MB coming out, based on Z77
- 0:49:30 NVIDIA refreshes Quadro with Kepler GPUs
- 1-888-38-PCPER or firstname.lastname@example.org
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 4, 2013 - 03:53 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, case, atx
Thermaltake has released a new mid tower chassis aimed at enthusiasts favoring minimalist designs. Constructed of SECC (Steel, Electrogalvanized, ColdRolled, Coil) steel, the Thermaltake Urban S21 supports ATX motherboards, high-end graphics cards, and both air and water cooling options. It measures 17.2” x 7.5” x 19.6”.
The new chassis is all black and features a brushed metal design on the front panel. The brushed metal front door hides the externally-accessible drives. At the top of the front panel, the case features two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks. A power LED along with both power and reset button adorns the top-edge of the case. The side panel has space for one 120mm fan as well as a clear window above it that is about the size of a 120mm fan. Four large case feet hold the mid tower above the floor, allowing the PSU intake and an (optional) additional 120mm fan to bring cool air into the case.
Thermaltake includes two 120mm fans, but the case itself can support a maximum of five 120mm fans. The Urban S21 case interior features tool-less drive bays for up to six hard drives and three optical drives. Further, it has cable management holes, water cooling grommets, a bottom-mounted power supply, and a CPU cutout.
Thermaltake’s Urban S21 case looks good and has a decent feature set. The case will reportedly go on sale sometime this month, but the company has not yet announced pricing. Here’s hoping the price is right as it is looking like a nice mid-tower case so far! You can find more specifications on the Urban S21 on this product page.
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of Thermaltake
As the newest member of Thermaltake's Armor Revo case line, the Armor Revo Gene mid-tower case features sleek looks and exudes the humble power that only the war-worn warrior's know. We decided to put the Armor Revo Gene to the test to see how well the case works under a variety of circumstances. At a base price of $129.99, the Armor Revo Gene seems to be a well priced steal for the features designed into it.
Courtesy of Thermaltake
Courtesy of Thermaltake
The Armor Revo Gene features a flat-black, scratch-resistant coating on all surfaces, giving it a sleek and uniformly menacing look. The case's right panel contains a window in it upper half to show off your case innards, bisected by a grilled space for up to a 200mm side fan to help cool your PCI-Express cards. A wing-shaped aluminum front bezel helps to direct air through the front of the case in an optimal manner.
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 01:17 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: xbox, volos, thermaltake, gaming mouse, gaming
Peripherals are not usually items that I pay much attention to at CES, but the Volos mouse from Thermaltake managed to pique my interest. The prototype mouse was spotted at the company’s CES booth amidst several new Level 10 GT mice in various colors.
The Tech Report spotted the prototype Volos mouse at the Thermaltake booth.
The Volos is a right-handed laser gaming mouse clad in matte gray with glossy black accents. The interesting bit though, lies on the left side the mouse: four colored blue, yellow, red, green Xbox-controller-style buttons and one A and B button. There is a seventh thumb button on the top-left edge of the mouse, two DPI selection buttons in the middle beneath the scroll wheel, and three additional buttons on the right side in reach of your little finger. LMB, RMB, and a white scroll wheel complete the package.
Reportedly, the mouse is not yet ready for retail, but it does suggest some interesting possibilities for gamers. Many modern games available on the PC are ports of console games, and that means that a number of games retain the Xbox controller tool tips and suggested controls. While it is possible to simply plug in an Xbox controller to pay such games, Thermaltake’s Volos mouse opens the door to a possible compromise. PC gamers would be able to keep the mouse look ad precision of their gaming mice while also being able to use Xbox-style button controls. At present, the buttons are likely used for macro activation, but it would be neat to see games auto-detect the other buttons and assign them the Xbox controls like the games do when an actual Xbox controller is recognized.
I think that I would have to actually try it out in person to determine how viable it is as a Xbox controller stand-in (ergonomically), but it at least appears to be a good idea! Tech Report has the full scoop on Thermaltake's new peripherals at CES if you are interested.
PC Perspective's CES 2013 coverage is sponsored by AMD.
Follow all of our coverage of the show at http://pcper.com/ces!
Introduction and Features
The latest addition to Thermaltake's Soprano Series of enclosures is the New Soprano VO900. It’s a full-featured mid-tower case that is specifically designed for quiet operation. The New Soprano uses sound-dampening foam on both side panels, a brushed aluminum door to close off all the exposed front drive bays, and comes with two quiet fans to keep the noise down and still provide good case cooling.
The New Soprano VO900is finished in classic black inside and out and comes with a front I/O panel that incorporates USB 3.0 ports and a top mounted HDD hot-swap Docking Station that supports both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs.
Thermaltake Soprano VO900 Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
• Elegant streamlined design with black finish inside and out
• Brushed aluminum front door panel
• Sound-dampening foam on both side panels for quiet operation
• (1) 200mm Blue LED fan on front intake (600~800 rpm)
• (1) 120mm rear exhaust fan (1000 rpm)
• Removable front and bottom mounted dust filters
• Supports both ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
• Two USB 3.0 ports on front I/O panel
• (4) 5.25" and (1) 3.5" exposed drive bays (behind front door)
• (5) 3.5"/2.5" internal HDD bays (with four removable trays)
• Top-mounted HDD hot-swap Docking Station (2.5" & 3.5")
• Innovative tool-free 5.25" and 3.5" drive bay mounting
• Cable-Clear cable management
• Support for liquid cooling systems
• Audiophile-style foot pads
Thermaltake brings BMW to the mouse
Our friends at Thermaltake recently sent us a fun new toy, the Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M adjustable gaming mouse. Yes, that's a lot of letters to describe a mouse, but I can assure you this mouse is unlike any you might have seen before.
Here are the key selling points:
- Air-through Ventilation
- 3D Steering
- Macro / Lighting software
- RGB LEDs in several places for customization
- Laser sensor up to 8300 DPI
The idea of the ventilation is to keep your sweaty hands a bit drier and cooler while the 3D steering allows the user to adjust the mouse surface in two different directions (one for height, one for horizontal angle) to find their preferred placement. The LEDs do allow for some interesting color combinations as long as you are okay with the preset colors that Tt eSPORTS has available in software.
Speaking of software, the application for customization is a little over exaggerated on the "extreme" design cues but enables the feature set you are looking for. Custom macros can be created and assigned to one of four buttons (A-D) with adjustments for timing, delay, etc. In addition, you can combine macros, lighting and DPI settings into one of five profiles that you can switch between easily with the thumb stick on the left side of the mouse.
Even better - all of this information (macros, profiles) is saved in the mouse after you disconnect it and take it to a different PC - no need to install the software to get the presets you configured before.
After a couple of us have used the mouse for a few days in the office, we put together the video below for you to see our thoughts and opinions as well as how the Level 10 M looks and feels. Even though it was designed in partnership with BMW, a current selling price of $95 on Newegg makes it hard to recommend the mouse to anyone but those of you that know for sure this is the mouse you want to use going forward.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2012 - 08:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Level 10 GT Battle Edition, level 10 gt
Thermaltake's high end Level 10 case series has been around for a while, with a variety of styles including the new military themed GT Battle Edition case. While it keeps a similar look to previous models, with hotswappable HDD cages that are separated from the motherboard mounting area, though they are not quite as separated as on some other models. Tool-less assembly, serious air cooling along with grommets for an external radiator, USB 3.0 connections and enough depth to fit even the largest third party CPU coolers make this an attractive case for enthusiast level systems. [H]ard|OCP liked this case so much that they didn't even bat an eye at the $300 price tag.
"Thermaltake got a lot of exposure a few years ago with its Level 10 computer case. At release it cost in the neighborhood of $1000 and declared styling by BMW. Thermaltake now has variants of that case which are much more affordable but do keep with the styling queues and functionality of the original."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- BitFenix Ghost @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm Scout 2 Gaming PC Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Lian Li PC-A76X Case Review: The Limits of Aluminum @ AnandTech
- Corsair Vengeance C70 review: military themed mid-tower chassis
- Enermax Hoplite ST Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Chassis Review @ MissingRemote
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced M-ITX PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Lian Li PC-X2000FN Chassis @ Kitguru
- IN WIN GRone Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec P280 Midi Tower @ Funky Kit
- Steelseries Kana White @ XSReviews
- Nanoxia Deep Silence DS1 Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R4 @ Hardware.info
- Cooler Master Elite 120 @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone TJ08-E m-ATX Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Nofan CR-95C IcePipe Copper CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 @ Tweaktown
- Lian Li PC-B12 Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- ARCTIC i30 Heatsink and Fan @ Funky Kit
- SilverStone Heligon Series HE01 Twin Tower @ Tweaktown
- Deepcool Neptwin CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets