In this week’s Mosh Pit we explore an interesting (read: most of us won’t be able to afford one) case from Lian-Li that must surely, by now, need wheels of its own, a series of books about vampires which are surprisingly dark, a new way to search the web, and a game where instead of dying from dysentary you’ll most likely be clobbered to death by stone collosi because – for some reason – someone thought it was a good idea to use unkillable things in their unkillable army.
Lian-Li PC-011 Air by der8auer
In the same spirit as the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic case which the company announced just recently, the PC-011 Air is the same chassis, but looks a lot more sophisticated and mature, and does away with the tempered glass side panels for the most part. Designed with the help of German overclocker der8auer, the PC-011 family is a set of two cubed chassis designs that allow for a ton of customisation and crazy water-cooling loops. While the PC-011 Dynamic was built more for water-cooling, the PC-011 Air is catered to air-cooled setups, exposing fan mounts on the front, right side, top, and bottom panels for up to twelve 120mm RGB fans or (if you’re really insane, three 360mm radiators, with just enough space for a reservoir somewhere on the bottom. The clean lines and grilles make it look like one enormous heatsink, while the tempered side panel glass allows you to see everything, including that one daffodil seed that came out of nowhere and that SATA cable from your stash that you’ve had since 2005.
Definitive Technology speakers
Speakers are always a difficult thing to buy because there’s an enormous market full of them, and Definitive Technology has just entered into the fray with their own designs. Designed and tested in the company’s Maryland, USA headquarters, Definitive Technology is a newcomer to the South African home entertainment market, and they’ve brought their entire range with them. This includes satellites, sound bars, premium headphones, powered subs, tripolar speakers and bookshelf speakers. The company was even one of the first to try their hand at a smart speaker, and they have their own whole-home wireless speaker setup as well that uses your WiFi network at home to cast sound to any speaker on the local network. Pretty neat.
Omnibang is search on steroids
If you’ve ever been driven mad by the fact that your web browser doesn’t always have clean ways of searching for particular things straight from the address bar like Google Chrome does, you might be interested in Omnibang, a browser extension that uses the power of bangs from the DuckDuckGo search engine. In Chrome, it’s often enough to start typing a website’s name and, if the the search engine it uses is indexed by Chrome, pressing the TAB key will launch a search on that site using its own engine. This, however, doesn’t work on most browsers. Firefox does have this functionality, but it’s clunky and hidden to most users.
Using an exclamation mark followed by a keyword, the Omnibang extension will launch a search for your search terms on the engine you’ve just selected. Once you get used to searching for stuff with just a quick flick to the address bar or CTRL+L, life will never be the same again. Omnibang is available for Google Chrome/Chromium browsers (and any browser that integrates support for Chrome extensions) and is also on the Firefox Add-ons store for both the desktop and mobile versions of Firefox.
Cooler Master’s MasterCase H500
You may remember Cooler Master’s H500 chassis from an earlier announcement by the company about its latest mid-range tower, the H500. It’s a mid-sized ATX chassis that has either mesh or acrylic front panels to show off those enormous 200mm dual fans, and has enough space to fit a double-sized 360mm radiator in the front of the case, with another 280mm radiator at the top for a ridiculously over-the-top water loop. The H500 family now has a price tag attached for those of you saving your money for a new case, and it’ll cost R1250 for either design, mesh or acrylic. Gamers Nexus did a thorough review of the H500 recently, and it looks like a solid purchase for the money, especially since no-one else makes a case that will fit 200mm fans these days.
The Banner Saga 3
The Banner Saga is a three-part epic that tells the tale of Vikings trying to eke out an existence in a world that has gone mad. Fighting against the stone-made Dredge army, The Banner Saga is a story-driven tactical RPG rendered in beautiful 2.5D animation that literally looks like it’s hand-drawn, and gameplay is partially inspired by classics like Oregon Trail – only it’s not dysentery you need to worry about here, it’s mythical creatures from Norse mythology that will be your undoing. The Banner Saga 3 is the third and final part of the story, where mankind is retreating to its final refuge as the Dredge army draws closer. The Banner Saga 3 will be releasing on 26 July 2018 for the Windows PC, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch platforms.
The Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque du Freak)
Although The Saga of Darren Shan is a much older series, it’s still a tremendously accessible young adult series that shouldn’t really be called a YA series to begin with. Don’t pay attention to the film – forget that it exists. Instead, here’s a 12-part epic for you to read, about the life of a young boy turned vampire, who joins the Vampire Clan and eventually leads them into war with the Vampaneze – crazed demon-like offshoots of the normal vampire species hell-bent on destroying humanity. As much as it’s billed as a YA adventure, this series is incredibly dark, toying with ideas such as consciousness, destiny, the futility of rebellion, and time travel (this part in particular will mess you up for weeks). You can buy the series almost anywhere, but just don’t get the one that has the manga in it. It looks… weird. For fans of the vampire Larten Crepsley, there’s also a four-part series that covers 200 years of Larten’s life as a vampire.