NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller Review
So far this has been quite a love-fest, and sure enough it continues. Initially I thought that an external fan controller would be yet more clutter on the desk and wondered why it couldn't be put in a drive bay like all the rest. However the moment you use it it all becomes clear.
My tower sits on the floor and so to view the temperatures on my current fan controller is always an exercise in flexibility. Unless you're hitting the thermal alarm point you never really are sure. Also because fan controllers are an absolute spaghetti of wires, taking them from the very top of your case to where you have the fans positioned is a cable management nightmare.
The Sentry 2 LXE dispenses with all of that. The display is on your desk, or wherever you feel you want to put it, and so the controls as well as the current temperature are always within a glance. The cable that connects the PCI Bracket controller to the display is lengthy enough to allow positioning almost anywhere sensible, flat so it can easily be tucked away if need be and the connectors are very sturdy indeed.
By having the fan controlling part at the back of your case it's right on top of the elements you're likely to monitor such as GPU/CPU temperatures, RAM temperatures etc, so there is far less spidery cables draped over the insides of your case with probes here and there. Also most fans are either at the bottom front, or back top of a case and so it's exceptionally easy to route the fan power cables to wherever they are needed and still keep the insides of your case tidy.
Finally the display itself is crystal clear from all angles, and the touch element is responsive without any "oops I actually meant 2" problems that can occur.
After all that you can imagine that the conclusion is simple. It certainly is. With an expected retail price around £55 this is unquestionably the best fan controller on the market. It's built like a tank, crystal clear, looks the part, solves the wiring issues and can handle five fans at once. It's rare we consider a product flawless, but there really isn't a single thing we can find wrong with the NZXT Sentry 2 LXE.
Many thanks to NZXT for supplying the Sentry 2 LXE for review. Discuss in our forums.