|NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman|
|Wednesday, 31 August 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The Sentry Mix is somewhat surprising in that if you look at many of NZXT's fan controller offerings, such as the NZXT Sentry LXE Digital Fan Controller, many of them are digital designs with many features. There is also the Sentry Mesh fan controller which is limited to 5 channels and 30 watts per channel. So, in some ways, the Sentry Mix is an evolution of the Mesh. The new design can handle up to 50 watts per channel, covers 6 channels and even has some lighting effects.
Here we see the front view of NZXT's Sentry Mix. The sliders control the voltage. They have a very good feel. There is no grinding or difficulty in moving them. However, unlike some fan controllers, there are no detents for maximum voltage and there is no way to shut off a fan completely. The detents are not necessary but they do give someone tactile feedback that they are (supposed) to be using 100% of available power.
The Sentry Mix comes with a 1 page manual (front and back) that explains how to install the fan controller and how to use it. There are four screws included for mounting to the external drive bay. It also comes in a nice box, and there was no damage to the contents.