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Date: January 7th, 2009
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ANTEC



Without a doubt, the most interesting and innovative new product from Antec will be their new Lanboy Air chassis. Similar in concept to their popular niche market Skeleton case, the Lanboy Air ups the configuration ante while keeping at least the illusion of a conventional ATX layout. A staggering number of configuration options will make this product very attractive to gamers and hardcore enthusiasts alike. For example, the PSU can be placed at the top or bottom of the case, supported by a motherboard tray that is movable also. Elastic HDD mounts are not only easy to install but also suspend the drives for excellent shock absorption. Mesh panels all around will allow maximum airflow and cooling performance while keeping fingers and small animals out of the works. This really only scratches the surface of the Lanboy Air and its many features and we're eager to get one in the lab to show you all of its many features and options. Antec also has a couple of new cases with a more conventional look, but the updated feature set for these is anything but run of the mill.



Antec's power supplies have a large and dedicated following among PC enthusiasts and they won't be disappointed with the TPQ, CP and Signature series PSUs. The TPQ series features inline capacitors on the individual lines to deliver the ultimate in clean, stable power to the devices and one model can be manually adjusted by the user to tailor power output.



Antec has also developed some new CPU coolers in three different configurations to suit most enthusiasts' needs. The Kuhler series also features innovative mounting solutions to make installation easier for the end user, a welcome change from the troublesome installation common with some large heatpipe coolers on the market today. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of these and other new Antec products.



This is a mini-ITX prototype case from Antec that may or may not be released to the general public. It has four USB ports on the front, plenty of mesh and vented areas for heat dissipation, and a fan on the side for additional cooling. Feedback that Antec receives will help determine if this little guy will end up making its way to your office or living room. What do our readers think? Like it? Hate it? Somewhere in between?


XIGMATEK



At the Xigmatek suite in the Venetian, we were able to get a look at all their full line of coolers which all feature their excellent heatpipe direct touch technology. Their newer models feature even better base surface finish that promises enhanced cooling performance. Fin design also gets a major redesign for 2010 and the wider spacing and improved design should allow better cooling with lower CFM fans leading to quieter operation.



The chassis lineup will grow to include a couple of new models in 2010, building on the quality and value of their Asgard and Midgard series cases, with some very nice new features and projected costs that should make them very attractive to consumers this year. Expect to see some new colors and convenience features this year, as well as some exciting new models as Xigmatek makes a big push to expand its presence in the PC aftermarket.

 

 


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