a30 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   6 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Thermaltake's "spiritual successor" to its Lanbox chassis, the VM70001W2Z Armor A30 Case, which reportedly supports both mATX and mini-ITX motherboards, along with high-end graphics cards measuring up to 13 inches in length, gets taken for a review;
  • Intel's Mooly Eden has quipped that the company will see to it that it will command ARM's respect in the increasingly heated competition for the mobile hardware pie;
  • Videos of Motorola's unreleased Droid 3 smartphone have reportedly been leaked onto the popular video sharing site known as YouTube;
  • Toshiba's Tecra line of notebooks are seeing a new addition to the family with the introduction of the new, 15.6-inch Tecra R850;
  • A 30 second-long trailer of Final Fantasy XIII-2 has given gamers some hints of new towns and playable characters that will be present in the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, and
  • Activision's stat-tracking and community service, Call of Duty Elite, has been reported to be entering "invitation-only" beta starting on July 14.

Hardware news

Thermaltake eSports Armor A30 mATX LAN Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Today we have the spiritual successor to the Lanbox in the Thermaltake eSports Armor A30 LAN Gaming Case. The Thermaltake VM70001W2Z Armor A30 Case supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards as well as high-end graphic cards up to 13” in length. With two 60mm, one 90mm blue LED and one 230mm blue LED fans, the Armor A30 should also provide enough cooling despite being only 10.5-inches tall and 18-inches deep.

Thecus N3200XXX Network Attached Storage Server Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: The more data that the average home or power user collects, the greater the need is for some type of mass storage device to protect it all. The Thecus N32000XXX network attached storage server is very good at addressing this situation. With compatibility for Mac, Linux, and Windows, it makes sharing data and printers extremely easy. With its flexible configuration options and included backup software, it also makes a simple task out of backing up your valuable data.

Antec Six Hundred 600 Gaming Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Antec's Six Hundred gaming chassis has proven to be a bit of a mixed bag. I like the look and the few features that it has are quite good, but Antec touts it as, “The Ultimate Gaming Case.” I'll take exception with them on this point.

Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The new ZM-VE200 HDD enclosure comes to help the people that use frequently CDs or DVDs at work or at home, for performing different tasks like installing OSes on many computers, programs and why not, even games. The only thing that needs to be done is to convert the disks into ISO images, transfer them on the 2.5'' HDD and mount any of them in a matter of seconds, by using the lateral jog switch.

Intel Says It WILL Command the Respect of ARM
Description: If it weren't already clear, ARM's chip technologies have taken over the computing world by storm. CPU's based off of ARM's IP power Apple's iPhones, iPads, iPods, as well as all those new Android phones and tablets that are released every week. Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is still on top in the computing space, but there's definitely a competitive threat on the mobile market. Intel’s Mooly Eden, known for being a charismatic speaker, told the press at Computex what the company thought of ARM's position.

SuVolta chip tech could cut processor power draw in half
Description: SuVolta, a start-up created by a group of Silicon Valley veterans has developed a technology that they claim can reduce the power consumption of chips by 50%. Their technology has captured the eye of Fujitsu, who have licensed the SuVolta technology, which it will incorporate into chip designs from next year. Analysts watching the company believe that with Fujitsu onboard, that it is very possible that SuVolta’s technology could gain widespread acceptance and become commonplace.

Corsair Force Series F40 SATA II SSD Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Corsair is a heavy hitter in the memory market and one product is the Force Series F40. The Corsair F40 is one of the smaller SSDs that can be found, at only 40GB. Inside the F40 there is a Sandforce 1200 series SSD controller and Intel MLC NAND flash memory. With that pairing, there is an advertised maximum sequential read speed of 280 MB/s and maximum sequential write speed of 270 MB/s. The F40 has a 2.5" form factor and TRIM support. Connectivity includes a SATA II interface. Corsair bundles this drive with a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket and a 3 year warranty.

ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD Monitor @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Yet another huge and affordable LCD monitor review! We know you love big monitors because we all do. That's why Benchmark Reviews has today the ASUS VW266H 16:10 Widescreen LCD Monitor. Not long ago any LCD screen was cost prohibitive for us working class computer folks, and a stretch for even the well heeled. Well, enter the 21st century because that was then and this is now. Folks, this is a 25.5" 16:10 aspect ratio 1900×1200 native resolution LCD monitor for under 280 USD (I bought mine with a 30.00 USD rebate too). No, that's not a typo. It's 25.5", really. Still not interested? You should be because this panel is a nice piece of hardware for business, gaming, and all around computer use with the added luxury of having 25.5" of desktop space.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

IMAP4 : The mobile application protocol we didn’t know we had
Description: IMAP4 (Internet Mail Access Protocol) is a little discussed but widely used protocol for accessing and managing email. As it turns out, IMAP is also a great way to deliver information to mobile applications, by repurposing mobile IMAP clients for use in a wide range of mobile applications. While this is a bit of a hack, since we’re using a protocol designed for one purpose for an unintended use, it solves several problems that plague mobile applications.

Motorola Droid 3 Videos Leaked
Description: Right on the heels of the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon release, now three training videos for the Motorola Droid 3 have been leaked. Get a good long look at it in this video that somehow found its way to YouTube.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Description: The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device to hit the market. This means that it has access to special ports of games from Sony's legacy of PlayStation titles, in addition to the growing number of games available to the Android platform. In order to make good use of its PlayStation certification, the PLAY features a unique slide-out gaming pad with controls that mimic a PlayStation controller, including two touch-sensitive pads in place of the usual analog sticks.

Toshiba Tecra R850: Business Class on a Budget
Description: Toshiba won't mind if we say that their previous business class notebooks looked…kind of cheap. They were bulky and unattractive, largely feeling like consumer notebooks with matte instead of glossy plastic. Yet when we visited with Toshiba to talk about their Tecra refresh, we were impressed, and Toshiba's reps were only too happy to put the new Tecras next to the old ones to demonstrate the stunning new weight loss plan the notebooks were put on. And the best part? While the Tecras have gotten a healthy refresh, their prices remain remarkably affordable. Is the 15.6" Tecra R850 the notebook you've been looking for?

HTC EVO 3D simulator online on RadioShack
Description: While a lot of us can’t wait until June 24th to get our hands on the upcoming 3D phone from HTC, RadioShack has decided to make the wait a little more bearable. The Shack has put up an interactive simulator for the 3D Android handset on its website, letting users find out more about the device and “experience” it before they get their hands on it.

HTC ChaCha processor gets boost to 800MHz ahead of launch
Description: The HTC ChaCha phone that has landed its maker in hot water will ship with an 800MHz processor rather than a 600MHz one, according to the handset's technical specifications online in the UK. Previously, the Facebook-branded phone, along with the technically related Salsa, were said to be powered by rather average 600MHz processors. The handset was due to go on sale on June 6, but isn't yet available and is still being listed as coming soon on HTC's page.

Evolve III prices triple-booting Maestro S and swiveling Maestro C tablets, unveils cordless NGen desktop
Description: We knew Evolve III had some major plans in store for this year and now, we've found out a little more about the company's latest creations. First up is the Maestro S — a triple-booting slate that, as promised, can now support Android, Windows 7 and Meego. Rocking a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, the Maestro is powered by an Intel Z670 Oak Trail processor clocking in at 1.5GHz and runs on a battery that can last for up to ten hours per charge when running on Windows 7, or up to 18 hours when in Meego mode. The Maestro C will give you all of this, plus that swiveling kickstand we heard about last month. Designed with frequent flyers in mind, the convertible tablet also comes with a wireless keyboard that can serve as a protective, hardshell case.


Gaming news

Quick Final Fantasy XIII-2 E3 Trailer Hints Towns and Gameplay
Description: A quick thirty second E3 trailer of Final Fantasy XIII-2 surfaced from Gamespot, the video shows a quick tease of the battle, world gameplay along with some CG scenes of new characters and Serah as a playable character. A snapshot of a town was teased hinting the fact that the sequel might be different where towns are now present in the game.

Call of Duty Elite invitation-only beta begins July 14
Description: Activision's stat-tracking and community service, Call of Duty Elite, has yet to receive a firm launch date, but this morning we learned that Elite will enter "invitation-only" beta starting on July 14. Though Elite won't be fully functioning until Modern Warfare 3 drops in November, the beta will launch first on last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops.