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NZXT's Touch-Screen Fan Controller Priced

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Wednesday NZXT said that its Sentry LXE external high performance fan controller will hit the market "soon." The kit will come packed with a "patent-pending" PCI card, a touch screen LCD, and the necessary cabling. Not only will this setup look cool on the desk sporting a brushed aluminum frame and a futuristic-looking interface, it will even send out an alarm when temps rise above a preferred point.

“Sentry LXE is a unique blend of high performance, complete monitoring and control, intuitive operation, and sleek design," said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT. "The customization capabilities are perfect for the enthusiast who wants to tweak every aspect of airflow and keep tabs on system thermals."

The LCD display will present RPMs and temperatures in C/F while also serving as a desktop clock, showing the current time, date, and day of the week. Housed in the brushed aluminum frame, the display connects to the Sentry LXE PCI card pre-installed in the PC.

According to NZXT, the system gives the user complete control: five temperature probes keeps tabs on thermals throughout the case while five fan controllers adjust the fans' RPM speed. "[This] allows users to automatically adjust the fan speeds to correspond to a specific temperature, manually customize for extreme overclocking capabilities, or set to absolute silence," the company said.

Since no confirm release date was given, consumers might want to keep tabs on the product's website and popular online retailers.

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    Nesto1000 , July 2, 2010 1:43 AM
    and so the price is?
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    TheViper , July 2, 2010 1:45 AM
    Hey Kevin, might we get a price to go along with this "NZXT's Touch-Screen Fan Controller Priced" article?
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    MrF430 , July 2, 2010 2:13 AM
    Per the NZXT website, its retailing for $69.99
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    TheViper , July 2, 2010 2:19 AM
    That's a really good price for it. I was expecting triple digits.

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    rockstone1 , July 2, 2010 2:33 AM
    At $70, I might buy it when it goes slightly down in price. it will look really nice on my desk.
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    curnel_D , July 2, 2010 6:01 AM
    If the screen is anything like the current 'lcd' screen in the NZXT fan controller right now, I'll pass.

    For some reason these manufacturers have no common sense when it comes to fan controller screens. I'll gladly pay the premium for a controller that has a customizable theme based interface, full touch controls, and a full color LCD with a decent viewing angle.
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    dEAne , July 2, 2010 10:36 AM
    Not a bad idea.
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    bonezy , July 2, 2010 12:05 PM
    MrF430Per the NZXT website, its retailing for $69.99


    A reader should never have to click on an external link to find information promised in the title.
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    poorya_user , July 2, 2010 12:09 PM
    The price is good for these facilities .
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    7amood , July 2, 2010 12:21 PM
    DON'T BUY IT...
    i have Sentry2 and it has lots of problems
    they just build low quality stuff

    it worked for about a month then the so called patented touch screen broke down... nevermind that... 1 more month and for some reason, it stopped powering all the fans in my case...

    it was a good looking product but bad build quality.
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    nekatreven , July 2, 2010 3:01 PM
    They should have made it double as a digital picture frame. Talk about a missed opportunity... It would be awesome to set what you normally want to see and then (assuming they weren't the default) see the fans suddenly come up and alert you that things were getting a bit toasty.
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    lawlthegamer , July 5, 2010 4:40 AM
    7amoodDON'T BUY IT...i have Sentry2 and it has lots of problemsthey just build low quality stuffit worked for about a month then the so called patented touch screen broke down... nevermind that... 1 more month and for some reason, it stopped powering all the fans in my case...it was a good looking product but bad build quality.


    Why the thumbs down? Read the reviews of rampant issues with their products, mostly being fan buzz sounds or grinding noises comming from the motor while using any of their fan controllers. If you want a source google it yourself. I myself bought their single slot touch screen fan controller which was defective, along with the 2 replacements. Just because you might have been lucky and goten a good one or aren't picky enough to notice or care, doesn't mean he's wrong...

    But they still look super cool, I kept the 3rd since I at least have a wicked display with temps, and at the discounted price I got it for, I can't complain either way :)