Both displays may be backlit in blue, red, or purple
Many things about these displays are impressive; not just their dimensions, but their functions also leave lasting impressions. Both devices require two free neighboring 5.25" drive bays to accommodate them. The indicators for the CoolWatch and the GateWatch are clear, and easy to read and understand. Readings on the LCD display are pretty large and therefore easy to see and follow. On the GateWatch, the 11 function buttons control all displays and functionality. In contrast, the AeroCool CoolWatch works quite differently: its front panel is completely software-driven, both for configuration and operation. As an added value, this fan controller also includes a 20-in-1 memory card reader and two additional USB and audio ports as well.
Because they require two neighboring 5.25" drive bays to enable their installation, these front panels aren't suitable for deployment in every PC. Only those who have room to accommodate them can take advantage of these attractive double-height devices.
As a concluding bonus, here's another new product introduction from AeroCool to ponder - their Midi-Tower PC case.
With its integrated CoolWatch display, the AeroCool Midi-Tower can only be described as flamboyant (especially if the back lighting is set to red!)
|Vendor / Model||AeroCool CoolWatch||AeroCool GateWatch|
|Price||About $90 (exact price to be determined; not yet available)||$60|
|Form factor||5.25" drive bay, double-height||5.25" drive bay, double-height|
|Dimensions||5.86 x 3.30 x 2.56"149 x 84 x 65mm||5.90 x 3.35 x 2.44"150 x 85 x 62mm|
|Colors||Black / Silver||Black / Silver|
|Display indicators||Time, Temperatures, Sound volume, Alarm functions, Sound equalizer, Fan rotation speed||Time, Temperatures, Sound volume, Alarm functions, Fan rotation speed|
|Backlighting colors||Blue, red, purple||Blue, red, purple|
|Control mechanism||Software||Function buttons|
|Front buttons||None||11 buttons|
|Programmability||From software||From function buttons|
|Fan controls||For 4 fans||For 4 fans|
|Temperature sensors||4 x||4 x|
|Multimedia memory card reader||20-in-1||None|
|Front panel ports||2 x USB Type A, 2 x Audio||None|
|Retail packaging includes||Front panel, Temperature sensors, Extension cables, Manuals, Software, Mounting screws||Front panel, Temperature sensors, Extension cables, Manuals, Mounting screws|