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Tech Kings at CES 2013 - Enclosures

 

Looking Back


 For a better idea of what goes on at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), have a look at some of the cool stuff we saw last year.

 

Enclosures

 

Cooler Master HAF XM

The HAF XM isn't just a smaller, more affordable version of Cooler Master's HAF X. It also comes with a set of unique features like tool-free side panels, two 2.5" hot-swapping drive bays in front, and a small space for a 2.5" drive on the opposite side of the motherboard mount. Priced at $139.99, the HAF XM will be available in early Q2.

The HAF XM remains one of our favorite chassis thanks to its balance of size and versatility. It's little brother the HAF Xb has established itself as our go-to test bench. You can bet that Cooler Master has more great cases in the works for this year, and we'll be giving you a look at what they all have to offer.

 

Cooler Master Cosmos II

Cooler Master has been delivering innovative products to the market since 1992 and for 2012 they've decided to celebrate their 20th Anniversary by releasing the world's first "Ultra Tower" chassis. The Cosmos II retains all of the sexy lines and brushed aluminum exterior of the original Cosmos 1000, while adding support for oversized XL-ATX boards equipped with 4 double-width graphics accelerators. The main control panel, sporting a RAZR-esque appearance, can manage up to 10 fans and their respective LEDs. Adding to the aesthetics are honeycomb vents and a sliding front panel that hides a stack of 5 hot-swappable drive bays. You can read more about the Cosmos II in our full review.

Even after a year, the world's first Ultra form-factor chassis still makes us drool. We'll find out in the coming days if there is any chance of the Cosmos II being unseated from the throne.

 

NZXT Switch 810

This new flagship full tower from NZXT packs a ton of great features, the first being a removable top panel with adjustable fins and room for three 140mm fans. The front control unit comes equipped with a switch for lighting up the rear IO panel, something that we expect late-night gamers will love. Not only have the openings for all of the drive bays moved to the right side of the case for a super clean look through the massive left-hand viewing window, but NZXT has also added a hub for all of your fan's power connectors. All this innovation comes at a stunning price of $169.99 and is available now!

The Switch 810 is one of the most feature packed cases we've seen in recent memory. What will they show us this year? More colors for the Phantom? Their first modular PSU? Hmmm . . . I have a good feeling about that last one!

 

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