While new products may have actually been a bit skint from the usual suspects at CES 2013, CoolerMaster has generally been reliable to provide new kit, and this year is no exception. Their engineers are nothing if not aggressively creative, but this year promised some particularly exciting hardware.

We missed the boat on reviewing the Storm Scout II enclosure, but a special "Ghost" edition is on the way and we'll be reviewing that along with their unique, boxy HAF xB case. I'm personally particularly interested in checking out the HAF xB, which is a more cube-shaped ATX case that actually stacks the motherboard and components into a separate compartment above the power supply and storage. I had a chance to see this case behind closed doors last year, and seeing it materialize on the market is exciting.

When I handled the radiator roundup, comprised of four new Corsair closed-loop coolers and two new NZXT closed-loop coolers, a couple of you mentioned CoolerMaster's impending Eisberg coolers. The good news is that the Eisberg is almost upon us, and the closed-loop cooler market is really starting to heat up. I'll resist making the obvious joke, but I'm keen to point out that the Eisberg line feature larger pumps and, especially important, copper radiator fins instead of the aluminum ones commonly found on existing products. The 240mm Eisberg in particular looked to be an absolute monster, and you can bet we'll be getting that in for review soon.

It's an amusing moment when a vendor catches you off guard with a product you think you already know about, but that's exactly what happened with CoolerMaster's new Cherry MX Green based keyboards. I thought the rep was talking about the lighting, but the switches themselves are actually a somewhat rarefied Green model different from the existing ones, and CoolerMaster has exclusive distribution rights in the States. So what's the MX Green like? My limited time with it suggested a switch that featured the same enjoyable typing feedback of the MX Blue, but was much more responsive for gaming. I've found myself pretty much swearing by the MX Reds for all-purpose use, but the MX Green may persuade me.

My media kit is languishing in the bowels of McCarran right now, but when I have access I'll update this post with images.



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  • Omega215D - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    It was actually a Cooler Master rep telling us about the greens and a guesstimate of their arrival for retail. Reply
  • IanCutress - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    I love the OCN Mechanical keyboard guide. :) Reply
  • Inteli - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    I'm actually building a custom keyboard this summer and It's going to have greens. They're practically polar opposites from the Browns I've been typing on, but It'll be a pleasant experience I think. They're basically Cherry MX Blues with a Black spring. You can make a near-identical feeling switch by taking a Blue stem and changing the springs for MX Blacks. Whites are similar, but I hear they have a much softer clack that isn't nearly as pleasant. Reply
  • JLQ - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Yeah, Whites have an actuation force similar to the Blacks. However, I find the softer click to be much more tolerable than the pronounced one in Blues. I have them in a KBT Race board; only thing I don't like are the Cherry stabilizers, which make the shift keys unbearably mushy. Reply
  • Inteli - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    I actually have a Leopold with Cherry Stabilizers, and I don't see what you mean with mushy keys. My keys are fine, and I can use them very well. I'm going with Costar Stabilizers with my custom keyboard, but that's just to have a keyboard and see what the fuss is all about. I personally like my Cherry stabilizers just a bit more than my Dad's Costar because of how much easier it is to replace the keycaps. Reply
  • deadmau - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Originally I purchased Red's strictly for gaming, but I found them to be more pleasurable to type on even than the renowned browns commonly used for typing. Cherry RED all day ERRDAY! Reply
  • sicyo - Friday, August 9, 2013 - link

    So where's the Cooler Master HAF xB review? It's been a while. Reply

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