Cooler Master, provider of high-end chassis, thermal solutions and mobile accessories, has announced the launch of its entry-level gaming chassis, the K380. With the Cooler Master K830, the company aims to offer a balance of features and good performance with a low price point.

The design fo the K380 is based on the HAF chassis and forms its basis. The black coated interior offers a contrast and aims for a long, rust-free life. The transparent side panel offers gamers an opportunity to show their creative and geeky side. There is enough space to cram in a long graphics card, like the GTX 690, and a big CPU cooler such as the Hyper 212 Plus can nestle easily. Up front there is a silent 120mm red LED fan that draws in cool air.

The Cooler Master K380 offers space for your system to grow as you upgrade. It has room for no less than six HDDs and three 5.25-inch bays. The K380 sports a tool-less mechanism that lets you easily upgrade or perform basic maintenance with the interiors of your computer. It supports up to four 120mm fans – along with one on the side panel to cool the graphics card. Cutouts for routing cables reduce clutter and improve ventilation leading to a cool running system.  

The Cooler Master K380 gaming chassis

The Cooler Master K380 gaming chassis

The Cooler Master K380 is optimised for better airflow. The front steel mesh panel and large vents at top, rear, bottom and sides move significant amount of air leading to a cool and properly ventilated system. Endowed with USB 3.0 port, it assures you of blazing fast data transfer speeds and a fast charging point for your devices.   

The Cooler Master K380 is priced at Rs 4,399 and carries a warranty of one year.

Back in November, Cooler Master had launched its mouse, dubbed the CM Storm Recon. Unlike most mice, the Recon is designed to be ambidextrous and has a layer of rubber for improved grip and performance. What’s more, it equips an optical Avago A3090 sensor, unlike most gaming mice that have a laser sensor.

We reviewed the Recon about two months ago and found that it’s been cleverly designed to cater to a wide gamut of gamers with different playing styles. The body is ambidextrous and mirrors the thumb-activated buttons on both sides. The entire body is coated in a layer of rubber that improves grip, and improves aesthetics. It is small enough to be suitable for the claw grip, while its pronounced hump makes it feasible for the palm grip as well. The weight is just right—not too light for the palm style, without being too heavy to be used with the claw grip either.

The Recon incorporates high-quality Omron micro-mechanical switches, which we found to have a light minimum actuation force, without compromising on tactile feedback. Just to the south of the mouse wheel, a pair of DPI switching buttons come in handy for adjusting sensitivity on the fly.

Since the Recon's Avago A3090 has essentially the same sensor as the DeathAdder 3.5G's S3888 with a modified ROM and red LED instead of an IR one, it provides similar levels of tracking accuracy, which is a good thing.
The mouse comes with a comprehensive driver suite that, in addition to the usual deal of allowing full button reprogramming and macro functions, also lets you set resolution as well as USB polling rate in four separate presets. The driver suite offers granular control and allows you to fine tune various parameters. A gamer can change USB polling speeds, Lift-Off Distance (LOD) and sensor dpi on-the-fly. The built-in memory allows you to store these settings under four profiles and thus eliminate the need to reprogram the mouse at every PC.

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