Scythe Kazemaster Flat Review
Up Close: The Controller
Before we look at the fascia lets first take a look round the back of the Kaze master Flat. The unit comes with all it's cables detached but ready for fitting, which means not only are we afforded a nice view of the PCBs and electronics, but also that you only need attach the cables you intend to use and as such can reduce unwanted cable clutter. As we look at the rear, working from right to left we have the 4x3 pin fan power cables, the 4 pin PSU supply point, a simple jumper which enables us to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit, a set of dip switches which allow the temperature alarm to be set between 55 and 90 degrees in 5 degree increments, and finally a jumper that allows the internal speaker to be muted. The standard of internal soldering and the layout of the PCBs are good, with no signs of solder spatter or lose soldering.
Turning our attention to the fascia the first thing we notice is the flip down panel. Opened via a simple push and click release, in the down position the panel rests at 90 degrees to the fascia allowing access to the controls. From left to right we have an On/off button which turns the display off whilst still leaving the unit operational (for all though times when total darkness is the only answer). moving along the controller we find a row of 4 rocker switches which are employed to alter the speed of the respective fan. On the far right of the controller there is a mute button. Although clear, the Blue LED display does suffer from a little light bleed into the surrounding area. The image below right shows the display photographed off angle with the fascia open and as you can see there is a little peripheral illumination of the unlit numerals. This is about as bad as it gets, and as you'll see from the images below the quality of the display improves when the ambient room lighting is altered.
With the fascia in the up position all the controls are hidden, preventing accidental activation and of course greatly improving the looks of the unit. The LED display shows both fan speed and temperature for each of the 4 channels, should you choose not to connect all the sensors you will simply see 3 lines in the readout, as per the images below.
Ok so a lot of these images are starting to look quite similar, however if you're reading and not just looking at the pictures you'll know by now that we're showing the unit in it's various different configurations. With that in mind the images below show the unit with the door closed and with the display turned off.