NZXT have provided a us with a wonderful change from the normal packaging that passes through our hands. So often products come replete with hundreds of logos of various partners or features, but the box for the Sentry 2 is brilliantly minimalist.
Very stiff corrugated cardboard is used for the box and coated in a deep gloss black. The front of the box shows just enough information to let you know what is in the box, but rightly leaves the star of the packaging to be the fan controller itself. Both the two sides of the box, and the two ends are totally blank except for a barcode and the NZXT logo.
The reverse of the box provides all the information you could want about the various features of the controller, as detailed on the previous page. Whilst it initially looks like a lot it does cover English, French, German and Italian. The font used is certainly tiny, and is one of only two criticisms I can level at an otherwise excellent outer package.
Opening the box is a pleasant affair with no strange tabs to fight with. It's a small thing but often those tab and flap combinations never quite open perfectly and spoil the look of the box once you've retrieved the contents. As someone who likes having pristine boxes for his hardware it's good to see NZXT have continued their simple philosophy with their internal, as well as the external, design. The Sentry 2 itself is packaged in a dense foam either side and a nice thick plastic bag.
Once out of the box you can see it also is provided with a bag containing two spare thermal probes, four small screws to affix it in the 5.25" bay, although it is long enough to clamp fine in tool-less cases and six stickers to help in identifying should you need to write something on each cable.
You'll have noticed I haven't mentioned the manual yet. To call it a manual would be wrong. To even call it a quick installation guide is wrong. It's truly abysmal and if ever you've despaired at documentation that says "put it in, plug it in, enjoy" then the Sentry 2 guide will definitely make you rage.
Firstly it's barely a few lines long. Secondly it is copy and pasted from the Sentry LX, rather than specific to the Sentry 2, and finally it doesn't mention at all how to work the touch screen. Yes you can go on their website and download a PDF that clearly describes all the features, but after you've spent a lump of cash on a high end fan controller, why should we have to put up with such a shoddy piece of documentation. Yes, this photograph is the entirety of the "manual".
Now we've got the unpleasantness out of the way, and thankfully the only real bit of bad news about the whole product, let's take a look at it close up.