|NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Tim White - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 20 August 2009|
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Closer Look: Sentry-2 Fan Controller
Ok, let's take a look at the NZXT Sentry 2 touch screen fan controller, and see if it's a dramatic improvement of its predecessors.
The Sentry 2 arrived to me in the tiniest of boxes. Full color artwork with simple product images and brief but clear descriptions of the features and capabilities of the unit. No unnecessary battle axe wielding scantily clad women here. Just clean and clear marketing.
As you can see the Sentry 2 is quite small. It's face roughly the size of any CD/DVD ROM panel and it too only takes up a single external 5.25" drive bay. This may be important to some mid/micro tower or HTPC chassis users with limited external bays. The Sentry 2 has an attractive layout but like with most LED/LCD readouts the numbers are hard to read at angles. Minor complaint.
The Sentry 2 is also quite shallow. This will allow the unit to be installed in any unused external 5.25" drive bay. Using only the front most mounting holes in the 5.25" external drive bays. Keep in mind this will not work with most if any tool-less/screw-less drive mechanisms. This is not to say you can't use the unit, you will just need to use two screws per side to hold it in. Most computer chassis made today do allow the optional use of screws in their tool-less/screw-less designs so most should have no worries. The Sentry 2 has a very intuitive layout and design. I had the unit installed and up and running, using about 95% of the features without a hitch. It's a good thing too because the included instructions are basically worthless.
Made of plastic composite it blends nicely with the typical black DVD-ROM drives. I do like the aluminum of the Sentry LX but as this will go into my Spedo Advance the black plastic goes fine with the steel mesh. Not as strong as the aluminum but when this type of accessory is made out of aluminum, it's usually more about matching a case than strength. Some manufacturers do use the aluminum as a heatsink as well, so only time will tell if the plastic truly holds up. I'm sure the use of anodized aluminum would add to the cost but with such a techie looking product already I feel they should have gone this one last step. The display colors used are a decent choice, with the important information always shown in bright white so it stands out from the rest.