NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touch Screen Fan Controller Review


Recently I have seen an incline of want and or need in fan controllers for people cases. Many of the gaming chassis that I have review as of late come with fan controllers built right into the cases front panel, in some cases two controllers for the intake and exhaust. But what if you want more than just a dial or a toggle switch, what if you want precise accurate control, or even turn off a fan for some reason. Well NZXT knows just what you want and have come out with the NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touch Screen Fan Controller. With this device you can control not four but up to five fans at once and have accurate temperature read outs as well. Let’s take a closer look at what else this little guy has in store for us:

Product Provided By: NZXT

 Price: $27.99

Closer Look:

Features:

  • Touch screen interface
  • Five fan control through an intuitive interface
  • Ultra fast selection and response time
  • Display temperatures in both F and C
  • Light switch turns off the meter when sleeping
  • Automatic and manual modes of control
  • Full compatibility with all types of fans using voltage control
  • With a minimum of at least 10 Watts per channel, the Sentry 2 will support almost all high end fans
  • Tuned accuracy with only a tolerance of one degree
  • Sound alarm to alert when the temperature is over
  • Stored settings, the Sentry keeps your settings even after power off

Conclusion:

Over all I found that the NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touch Screen Fan Controller is a good little unit. With the option of connecting up to five fans is that little extra that I found useful while testing some cases especially since most cases lately have one fan in the front one in the top, one in the back, and two in the side, sometimes it was hard to decide which four should get connected to the controller, and let’s not forget that you’re not limited and that the fans can have either a 3 pin or a Molex connector. Without reading the instructions I still found that it was easy to get used to the controls, and they all made sense after I took a second to analyze the display and think about what where to touch the screen to active the different function. Also I liked the auto function where at the touch of a button you could put the controller back into auto mode and toggle on and off the default fan speeds with the touch of a button.

One thing that I didn’t really like about this unit however was the fact that there isn’t a four pin connector for PWM fans for your CPU cooler. Other than that I think that this is a great fan controller.
So in the end I think that NZXT Sentry 2 snuck in and started a little commotion. So far I have tested three fan controllers each with different features, but for this one to come out of nowhere, let me control five fans and still have the lowest cost is amazing.

Pros:

  • Low cost
  • Looks good
  • Display can be turned on or off
  • Can connect up to five fans
  • Fans can be either 3 pin or Molex

Cons:

  • No four pin connector for PWM fans.

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