SilverStone Sugo SG09 Mini-ITX case

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SilverStone released their Sugo SG09 small form factor Mini-ITX case which can house not one, but two 13.3" (338mm) long graphics cards. The chassis measures 220mm x 295mm x 354mm (W x H x D), it weighs 5.3kg and supports Micro-ATX, DTX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. There's room for one 9.5mm/12.7mm slim optical drive, two 3.5" HDDs, four 2.5" HDD/SSD devices, four expansion slots, a I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports and audio ports, and room for up to five fans. 

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx 11.6-inch Windows 8

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Lenovo allows you to preview the IdeaTab Lynx, a 11.6" Windows 8 tablet that can be converted into a laptop with an optional $150 keyboard docking station. The sytem has a IPS screen with a brightness of 400 nits, a dual-core Intel "Clovertrail" based Atom processor, 2GB DDR3 memory, 32/64GB SSD, micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, microSD memory card slot, and a 2MP webcam. The device has a battery life of up to 8 hours and the docking station doubles this to 16 hours thanks to a built-in 6800mAh battery.

Lian Li PC-D8000 Chassis

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Lian-Li announces the massive brushed aluminum HPTX supported chassis – PC-D8000. Able to hold up to twenty 3.5" hard drives, two power supplies and one of the largest motherboard form factors on the market, the PC-D8000 has plenty of space to fit all the hardware an enthusiast desires. The massive 405 mm x 628 mm x 572 mm (15.9" x 24.7" x 22.5") PC-D8000 complements the virtually limitless hardware and storage capabilities with many tool-less features for ease of installation. 

Xigmatek Asgard 382 mid-tower

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Xigmatek is going to release the Asgard 382 which is a new mid-tower case series that will arrive in no less then six versions; three with side window and three without. The case measures 505mm x 445mm x 195mm (L x H x W), it supports ATX, Micro-ATX and MinI-ITX motherboards, and comes with a 120mm rear fan. Other features include three 5.25" drive bays, four 3.5" bays, four 2.5" bays, and two top-placed USB 3.0 ports.

The Thanko ANDBOX44 Android 4.0 SmartTV Box

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Japan based Thanko has returned with its latest gadget in the form of the ANDBOX44 Android 4.0 SmartTV Box. This gadget will turn any HDMI-equipped TV into an Android 4.0 SmartTV. Powered by a 1.5GHz Cortex A8-Allwinner A10 processor, the Thanko ANDBOX44 features a 1GB of RAM, a 4GB of internal storage space, an HDMI port, Ethernet, an SD card slot and two USB ports. 

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 PC Chassis

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Cooler Master today released  the next step in the evolution of highly mobile mid-towers, the Scout 2. Ready When You AreTrue dedication to the growing eSports phenomenon is being ready to move at a moment's notice. Be it a LAN, friend's house, or a remote battlefield, Scout 2 is prepared to take the fight to the enemy. Comfortable rubber carrying handles with steel reinforcement.

ThermalTake Releases Soprano cases and they look bad-ass

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ThermalTake just released their Soprano series, a $110 mid-tower case with an elegant design and sound-damping foams for silent computing. The case is made from SECC steel and features an aluminium front panel, it's available in Black and Snow editions.

Lian Li moving locomotive chassis

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We actually have shown this one before as it was used on an exhibitiin. Apparantly you can now buy it. Lian Li has officially introduced its locomotive computer case! Shown off at Computex earlier this year, the PC-CK101 is a two-section steam engine train themed case that can move on a train track. It even has smoke coming out of its exhaust!Made from aluminium, this special SFF case supports Mini-ITX motherboards and has room for one 5.25" device, one 3.5" HDD and up to three 2.5" HDD/SSDs. The case offers two USB 3.0 ports and a 120mm fan is installed in the train's rear. Power is provided by a bundled 80Plus SFX power supply that provides up to 300W. The case measures 185mm x 258mm x 515mm (W x H x D) and weighs 4.1kg.

Lian Li PC-A75X Full-Tower PC Case

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Lian Li has once again expanded its line of full-tower PC cases by showing off the PC-A75X. This aluminum case supports for micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX and HPTX motherboards, and is equipped with a top-placed I/O panel with 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x audio ports, two 5.25-inch external drive bays.

MSI Barricade Chassis Photo's

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With MSI we think of their top quality video cards, motherboards, and their laptops. We rarely think that MSI also provides us computer users with chassis'. Even I have to admit that when I hear the name MSI the first thing that comes to mind are their motherboards, and the last thing that I honestly think about the name MSI are chassis'. This is the MSI, the Barricade. 

COUGAR Challenger Gaming Case

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It's ... different alright. COUGAR, leading German PC case and power supply brand, officially announces their latest high-end PC gaming case, the COUGAR Challenger. The CHALLENGER mid-tower case is particularly targeting gamers demanding for huge upgradeability capacity, best airflow and optimized ventilation characteristics.  

A.C. Ryan Europe declared bankrupt

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From trusted sources we recieved the following news/rumor. As in today A.C. Ryan Europe is declared bankrupt. Such a shame as the offer amongst the best mediaplayers like the PlayOn  HD, HD2 en HD Mini in the market. Their latest Android based Veolo however was a bit of a failure from the start.

There is no info yet what happends with the developing of the Playon HD2 series and other products. Also no info about the waranty for excisting products.

So far we understand the European HQ in the Netherlands is closed.

If we recieve any more new info we will publish it on the site.

Official HQ building seems also to be closed and for rent

A.C. Ryan Singapore is not closed.


Lian Li PC-B12 chassis

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Lian Li presents the PC-B12, a new aluminium mid-tower case that focuses on silent operation. It will ship towards the end of August, the MSRP is $169.  Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a silent brushed aluminum ATX supported chassis

VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX Board

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VIA is back with its latest product in the form of the VAB-800 Pico-ITX board. Measuring 10 cm x 7.2 cm, the VIA VAB-800 is actually the first VIA Pico-ITX board to feature an embedded ARM processor. The VIA VAB-800 features a choice of an 800MHz or a 1GHz Freescale ARM Cortex-A8 processor, two integrated GPUs for independent dual display, 3D/2D graphics acceleration to provide full HD playback support for resolutions up to 1080p, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA and mini HDMI. Sadly, there is no info on pricing so far. [VIA]

LD Cooling PC-V7 EATX Watercooling Alu Chassis

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LD Cooling, the European company behind renowned LD PC-V8 HPTX watercooling chassis, has prepared a smaller watercooling chassis. The new LD PC-V7 is an EATX chassis with 100% aluminium construction and a sophisticated design. The main attractions of this case are its watercooling and cable management features. Its 620mm long, 220mm wide and 530mm high. It can contain up to a 480mm rad in the front and top. There are 11 front 5.25?? bays which are totally customizable according to one?fs needs. You can either have a radiator in front or some 5.25?? devices or dual bay reservoirs or multiple 120mm fans. LD Cooling also gives the option of a 5.25?? bay cover with front panel audio connectors and two USB 3.0 ports. Top of the case is exactly like front 5.25?? bay area; its fully customizable with several different options.

The LD PC-V7 weighs 7.95 KG including the plexi glass side panel. It terms of cable management options,  it comes with a roomy interior and more than enough cable routing holes. This little monster can take all motherboards starting from mATX form factor all the way up to EATX boards. For storage options, it has space for eight 3.5?? drives and four 2.5?? drives.

LD Cooling will be offering the LD PC-V7 in black, black/red, black/white and white color options. It expected to be available soon with  a hefty price tag of 310-330 Euro (without VAT). Another version of case will also be available which will have inverted motherboard tray like SilverStone TJ07 or LD Cooling?fs very own PC-V8.


Lian Li PC-X2000FN Full-Tower PC Case

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Lian Li again expanded its line of full-tower PC cases by bringing you the PC-X2000FN. Featuring an all black color coating (inside and outside), this slim aluminum case supports for micro-ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboards, and features a top-placed I/O panel with 4x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA and 2x audio ports, two 5.25-inch drive bays, an HDD cage that supports up to seven 3.5-inch HDDs, ten expansion slots and has five fans (3x 140mm fans

Microsoft preps Wedge line of Windows 8 keyboards

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The Verge reports that Microsoft is developing a new line of "Wedge" keyboards for its Windows 8 operating system. The Wedge Mobile keyboard seems to be a small keyboard designed for mobile use and appears to come with some type of cover.

The Wedge keyboard will be "introduced very soon" according to the site, and will be sold together with Windows 8. Microsoft previously revealed that its hardware partners will start to use the new Windows logo on PCs and phones later this year, with the company's Surface device adopting it too.

Rosewill Fortress Series 80 Plus Platinum PSUs

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Rosewill just released their first 80+ Platinum certified power supply. Codenamed FORTRESS, it is the first among several 80+ Platinum certified power supplies that will be added to their already distinguished line of power supplies.

With an efficiency rating up to 94%, you

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced compact Chassis

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Cooler Master releases a new $49.99 compact case; the Elite 120 Advanced. Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, and peripheral solution provider is proud to announce the all new Elite 120 Advanced. The Elite 120 answers the call for an elegant MITX size chassis that supports the best hardware available. A modern solution for the space conscious, the Elite 120 has been designed for high performance with an attention to detail.

A Compact Surprise
Elite 120 Advanced is the most compact, yet fully featured chassis for MITX applications. An understated, brushed aluminum front panel shelters a powerful 120mm fan intake. Cooler Master engineered the Elite 120 Advanced to fit in the most diminutive of spaces with the absolute maximum supported hardware. A pleasing, conservative design belies the true performance contained within the Elite 120 Advanced.

Brilliant Interior Design
Offering no compromises, Elite 120 Advanced is marked as the benchmark for a brilliant internal layout. Feel confident with a long 13

Antec HDTV Bias Lighting Kit - hands on

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A quick hands on with this one, Antec released HDTV Bias Lighting Kit last week.

You know when you have that new huge 55" LED TV and in the evening when it gets dark you can see a little LED wash / clouding on the black screen. It is a common problem these days.

Some people are very bothered by it, other not at all. It is a problem that can be fixed to a large extent by placing or pointing a light behind the screen. The visuals will change dramatically as your eyes will compensate that black level and contrast. This actually is the reason why Philips has released Ambi-light TVs initially.

Antec has a very simple solution at hand for roughly 30 USD/EUR, they took some of the brightest LEDs they could find, connect it towards the USB port of your television and when you power on, you have light. An adhesive coating on the LED strip will make it stick towards the back of the television. The LEDs will power up and down with activation of the HDTV, but should you wish to deactivate the  LEDs, you can simply turn it off with an convenient on/off switch.

Unit Dimensions:

  • Cable: 51.1