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Scythe Intros Next-Gen Kama Panel 3.1

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Here's a good way to extend connectivity and add fan control to the front of your desktop.

Need to add more ports to the front of your desktop? Scythe has the solution for you in the form of the Kama Panel 3.1 which slips right into a single 5.25-inch drive bay. Building on prior models, this latest version even includes a slot for mounting a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD like a huge 9.5-mm (max) SD card right through the front.

In addition to the drive slot, Skythe's new I/O panel features two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5-mm microphone jack, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and a card reader spanning three separate slots for (1) Memory Stick Micro aka M2, (2) microSD / microSDHC and (3) SD / SDHC / MMC flash media cards. There's also an HDD activity LED, a power button and a reset button.

On the right side of all this is a dedicated space for controlling and monitoring fan speeds and temperatures. This area contains retractable knobs for Fan1 and Fan2, and a 1.22 x 0.49-inch LCD display showing the speed of each, and the temperature at each fan. There's a button that turns the screen's backlighting on and off, another button that changes the readout from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and a third "mode" button.

"Users are able to connect up to two case fans on the rear side and control them by turning the retractable knobs," the company said. "Supplied connector cables support both 3-pin and 4-pin fan connectors, where the fan speed is only adjusted using voltage regulation. Kama Panel 3.1 is adjusting the voltage in the range between 3.7 and 12 volts. In accordance with the measured temperatures, users are able to set individual alarm temperatures between 40 and 90°C in 1 degree steps."

Overall the I/O panel measures 5.85 x 1.67 x 4.88-inches and weighs 6.98 ounces. The DC input is 5V and 12V, and the DC output is 3.7V (±10%) to 12V (±10%). The fan measurement range is 0 to 9.990 RPM and the temperature range is 32° to 199.9° Fahrenheit (0° to 100° Celsius). Included in the package are two sensor cables, two fan cables, a power cable, audio cable, a USB 3.0 cable and more.

Expect to see the device show up on Amazon and other retailers soon for around $43 USD before tax.

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    athulajp , May 5, 2013 2:15 AM
    It's very practical but it also looks very cluttered, I guess it's good for people who don't have USB 3.0 cases.
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    ShadyHamster , May 5, 2013 3:08 AM
    If they made something like this with out the fan controller part i would probably buy one.
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    Matsushima , May 5, 2013 3:20 AM
    This would be useful for people with boring beige cases from 1998 without USB connectivity or USB 1.1 wishing to upgrade their motherboard.
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    STravis , May 5, 2013 4:55 AM
    Do people still control their case fans manually?
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    brandonjclark , May 5, 2013 8:19 AM
    What is the speed of the SATA port?
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    guerrero , May 5, 2013 2:56 PM
    Nice, when I upgrade my pc I'll maybe get this for my Fractal 1000
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    nss000 , May 5, 2013 7:37 PM
    Busier than Front-X, but do the two ( sadly audio **IN** =0**) audio ports connect to the back-case ports or to the in-case port! In-case connection MUCH cleaner. Too bad the Front-X folks have established no American distributor.
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    JOSHSKORN , May 6, 2013 2:35 AM
    I really don't see the need for audio ports and power/reset buttons. Wish there was an eSATA connector.
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    falchard , May 6, 2013 4:16 AM
    The Delta Electronics 5200RPM 120mm case fan at 62.9 dB pushing 240cfm of air says yes to fan controller.
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    laststop311 , May 6, 2013 8:00 AM
    If this could control 5 fans it would of been perfect even 4 would of been acceptable. 2 case fans is not enough control
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    laststop311 , May 6, 2013 8:07 AM
    Id rather it lost the audio portion and usb ports and rearranged the rest to make room for a 3.5 inch sata slot that also accepts 2.5 inch sata and use the screen to make it have 5 discrete fan channels for control of 5 case fans just have 1 knob and a button the changes which fan the knob is controlling. Then you could fit the sd card slots 3.5 inch sata slot and 5 fan channels. It can lose the 2x usb 3.0 ports the 2 audio jacks and the power and reset buttons and 1 fan knob.
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    dalethepcman , May 7, 2013 1:32 PM
    I was just complaining about the Kama panel not having been updated in awhile, but they added a bunch of useless connectors to this one.
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    nss000 , May 7, 2013 10:47 PM
    Audio-points un-needed? True enough for a newer case, but my full-tower getting repopulated is 12 years old. Accepts only baked_clay_carving! I'd want all three audio inputs in a front panel kit ... and yes, an eSata and camera_card port also.

    I really don't see the need for audio ports and power/reset buttons. Wish there was an eSATA connector.

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    captainspock , October 15, 2013 7:49 AM
    I enjoyed the article but just can not find where to buy one
    any ideas?