Enermax went high-profile at Computex 2010, showcasing a blocky person made out of its new fans to attract visitors. We obliged, if only out of curiosity.
Here are details on four fan models the Taiwanese component manufacturer plans to release by the end of the year, all carrying the "Vegas" moniker to highlight the line's flashy LED-driven styling.
Obvious misspelling (or an attempt at clever branding) aside, the Apollish Vegas is quite the monochromatic fan. Provisions are available for fan speed control, and LED lighting. Users can alternate between constant, moving, or oscillating light patterns (seven total).
On display were red, green, and blue variants—with the fan case matching the light color—but the company rep also said silver and gold variants would be available.
The Apollish Vegas is already on sale in Japan, but the rest of the world will have to wait until the end of June as Enermax begins ramping up production. Available form factors will be 120 and 140 mm.
T.B. Vegas 3C and 2C
Unlike the Apollish, the T.B. series fan case is black. But the model will feature three different light colors (red, green, and blue), acting in unison or alternately, with the LED lights also under the direct control of the user. Fourteen patterns will be available, specifically those that use all three colors, a combination of two, or just one.
Enermax aims to release the T.B. Vegas 3C by October, with a supposed worst-case scenario of Novemeber 2010. Available form factors will be 120 mm-only.
Nearly identical to its 3C, the T.B. Vegas 2C displays only two colors compared to its more colorful counterpart. We only saw a red-blue combination at the booth. Enermax, however, plans to release this fan in a variety of form factors, with specific sizes of 80, 90, 120, and 140 millimeters respectively.
The T.B. Vegas 2C is also set for a release this October at the earliest, and November 2010 by the latest.
Enermax's "USB Fan"
Also on display was a USB-powered case fan—but enclosed in a silicon sheath that has small magnets at the end. Apparently, the idea was to let users quickly apply a fan to the side of their metallic PC cases if they needed extra cooling. We're not sure, though, if using magnets so close to your hardware is a good idea. The rep assured us that they weren't strong enough to cause any damage.
Enermax's marketing folks haven't come up with a label, so we'll see if this so-called "USB fan" is safe for use when it his the market. Project release date is as same as the T.B. Vegas fans (October-November 2010).
Reflecting LEDs On Curved Blades
The common theme of these three colorful Enermax fans is the configuration of the LED lighting in relation to the blades. The lights line the ring surrounding the blades. The beams they produce then shine on the curved surfaces of the blades, with the intersection creating the colored lines. The configuration is apparently unique enough in the industry, as the marketing rep threw the word "patented" around.
As for prices, we've inquired with Enermax and are waiting for an email from the company. To those who want to figure out their build budgets for 2010, stay tuned for updates.