BitFenix Recon Fan Controller Review
Up Close: the Controller
The BitFenix Recon is designed to fit into a single 5.25" drive bay. The thick front bezel is plastic, but is covered in the uber sexy BitFenix SoftTouch rubber. Measureing 120mm by 25mm the touch screen itself may appear a bit on the slim side as a result of the wide bezels. In reality, there's plenty of room on the screen for even the chubbiest of fingers to make their presence known. A small white BitFenix and Recon Logo are the only graphics present as a result the air of demure understatedness is maintained.
If you've ever wired up a fan controller you'll be aware that behind every fascia is a positive vipers nest of wires. It's no different with the Recon, in fact, the better the controller, and the more features it has, the more wires you will have to deal with. The image on the left is how the controller emerges from the packaging and does honestly look like your worst nightmare. A few minutes spent sorting through what is actually a quite well organised bundle and you'll find that what you actually have is 5xfan header cables, 5 temperature sensor cables, a molex power cable and a USB cable.
All the cables are of really good length and will certainly be easy enough to route and hide in all but the most massive cases. The USB cable in particular has an interesting feature, with a plug at the half way mark on the cable for smaller cables and an additional plug at the end for use in the full tower chassis. The Temperature sensors are of the usual thin metal strip variety that prove very easy to secrete about the place. The rear of the PCB is well organised with componentry appearing well attached and spaced. the quality of soldering and mounting appears good.