Scythe Kama Meter Fan Controller
Published: 1st May 2007 | Source: Scythe | Price: |A Closer Look
The Scythe Kama Meter is extremely well constructed. Unlike many other controllers out there that feel extremely plasticy and some-what fragile, the Kama Meter simply oozes durability.
All of the 3-pin fan headers are clearly marked and the power connector is essentially a larger floppy connecter to prevent confusion. For a small and relatively crowded piece of real-estate, the Kama Meter is extremely well laid out and neat. Even the potentiometer (pots) wiring has received the same amount of care and attention, which adds to the overall build quality of this unit. Only the thermal connectors (to the right of the fan headers) are not labeled explicitly, which I have yet to work out why.
Installation of the Scythe Kama Meter is an absolute breeze and requires only 4 small screws to fasten it into one of your drive bays. I do have one area to pick here though! In this day and age where end-users and enthusiasts alike are increasingly using case windows to show off their hardware, it would be nice to see a little sleeving on the extension cables instead of the usual yellow/red and black. The last thing 'bling' fanatics would really want is the additional wiring which would stick out like a sore thumb. Admittedly it is a small gripe, but with increasing numbers of fan manufacturers sleeving their cables we have grown to expect a little extra. Plus it makes the product look finished.
I have taken the liberty of not including an image of the installed audio controller in my review setup as I have a rear mounted radiator that won't permit a clean shot worthy of being included in the review. I have however included a shot from my aircooled AMD case which is a little less cluttered at the rear (so you get the idea). If you use onboard sound then you may find this feature useful for adjusting the volume of your music or gaming. But with the majority of people chosing to use a dedicated sound card, the audio controller will not be utilised and would simply provide additional case clutter.
Now let's put the Kama Meter through its paces and see how it performs...