Scythe Kama Meter Fan Controller
Published: 1st May 2007 | Source: Scythe | Price: |Conclusion
I must admit that there isn't a lot to dislike about the Scythe Kama Meter. It does what it's designed to do, without pretending to achieve what it can't. I'm sure that you'll all agree with me that the unit is extremely good looking, and that the faceplates being interchangeable allows for increased flexibility between various cases that is not seen in many other rheobus's.
The quality of the unit is exceptional...all the way from the electronic components that it is constructed from, down to the functionality that it allows. The display is extremely easy to read even from a considerable distance, and the array of reporting features that it provides is very user friendly. Especially considering its small footprint.
I have found in the past that some double 5.25" fan controller units struggle to present the amount of 'useable' features that the Scythe Kama Meter does. What I mean is that yes, I can do without the 12/24 hour clock format thanks...and all the frilly 'bells and whistles' diplays whilst we're at it. I want meaningful functionality!
The Scythe Kama Meter's temperature reporting and fan controlling capabilities are very accurate and flexible. Surely a testament to Scythe's quality that I aluded to above.
Admittedly, I had a couple of niggles with Scythe regarding the non-provision of sleeved cabling and the extreme temperatures required for the alarm to sound in the event of heat problems should they arise. I believe that the rectification of these issues would make the Scythe Kama Meter an extremely well rounded contender for any enthusiasts dollar. And I should clarify that the Kama Meter as it stands now, even with these issues is still well worth a solid look. And cable sleeving kits really aren't that expensive.
Further, the only other are that I think could add to the Kama Meter's overall appeal is possibly the inclusion of perhaps a card reader or additional USB ports. But bearing that in mind, if included, they would take up extra space on an already minimalist interface; and provide additional cabling needing to be hidden.
I particularly liked the fact that the unit didn't require any additional drivers for control and it is a true plug-and-play device in every sense of the word. Sure, Scythe could have supplied the Kama Meter with the ability to read and monitor temperatures via the serial port, but it simply adds to the complexity of installation for the new user. Plus, driver support simply introduces another element into the equation that could potentially go awry.
I have decided to award the Scythe Kama Meter the 'Recommended Award' based upon its ability to perform solidly and reliably throughout the course of the review. The Scythe Kama Meter can be purchased from SpecialTech for £ 35.23 , inc VAT 17.5%.
+ Solid, quality construction
+ Small footprint
+ Reliable and accurate
+ Compatability with different coloured cases due to faceplates
+ Provides both visual and audible alarms
+ Front bezel doesn't stick out as far as other rheobus's currently available.
- Alarm triggers set too high and low
- Increased cabling concerns
- Audio control is restricted really to onboard sound only
Overclock3d would like to extend a sincere thank you to Scythe for providing the Scythe Kama Meter for review.
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