NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller

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NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller
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Product: NZXT Sentry 2 5.25in Touch Screen Fan Controller
Provided By: NZXT
Price: $30 Est.


 

Introduction:

NZXT certainly has been making a name for themselves over the past few years and today we see why.  They have released a few fan controllers over the past couple of years starting with the original Sentry 1.  Since the original, they released the Dual-Bay Sentry LX that added a lot of nice features, but was a bit bulky for some users.  Today we've got a look at their third installment - the Sentry 2 touch screen fan controller.  What impresses me right off the bat with this unit is that it can monitor up to 5 temperature zones and control up to 5 fans.  Also keep in mind that it has a nice viewing angle and touch screen controls - all for about $30.

Sentry 2 Box
Sentry 2 Box

 

About NZXT:

NZXT, a company built upon gamer's dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. Our objective is to provide every gamer with a case that they can identify with. Combining unique design and case performance, consumers will finally be able to find a quality case that will represent their own style and personality.

In the future, NZXT wishes all gamers who desire a personalized case to find it at NZXT. With the unveiling of every product, NZXT improves upon on weaknesses and strives for excellence. Achieving perfection is not an easy task, however, NZXT is determined to meet and surpass consumer expectations.

Our dedicated sales and customer service team will also work diligently to earn your trust and loyalty. All our products are built with high quality material and engineered in the best conditions.

NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan.  NZXT was established in 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

 



First Look:

It wasn't that long ago that NZXT announced the launch of the Sentry 2. While I'm sure you've all ready more exciting press releases, this fan controller is a very nice update to a couple of previous NZXT products.  The Sentry (non-LX) series are single bay units while the Sentry LX is a dual-bay unit.  The Sentry 2 brings a wider viewing angle and monitors and controls as much stuff as the Sentry LX while only taking up a single bay.  Of course you lose the clock and calendar, but I think that is a sacrifice most could make for a mere $30.   When I opened the box I was greeted by some sticky tape, screws a small manual, two extra thermal probes and of course the Sentry 2 itself.  The Sentry 2 has five thermal probes attached to it out of the box as well as five 3-pin and 4-pin connectors for the fans.

 Sentry 2 Bundle
Sentry 2 Bundle
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About the Sentry 2 & Features:

Before we take a closer look at the Sentry 2, we'll look at the features and specs according to NZXT.

Introducing the Sentry 2, a full system fan controller with an advanced touch screen interface. Sentry 2 easily installs in a 5.25: bay and is compatible with any fan that uses voltage control. The innovative touch screen features ultra fast selection and response time and displays all pertinent info including temperature readout in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Sentry 2 allows users to control up to 5 fans with the option for manually tuning individual fan speeds or letting the automatic controls take over to correspond to a specific temperature. The controller's advanced functionality sounds an alarm to alert the user should the temperature exceed a preset amount and stores saved settings even after it is turned off. Designed to maximize efficiency, the Sentry 2 supports 10W per channel and creates less heat than traditional temperature displays.

 

Features:

  • Touch screen interface
  • Five fan control through an intuitive interface
  • Ultra fast selection and response time
  • Display temperatures in both F and C
  • Light switch turns off the meter when sleeping
  • Automatic and manual modes of control
  • Full compatibility with all types of fans using voltage control
  • With a minimum of at least 10 Watts per channel, the Sentry 2 will support almost all high end fans
  • Tuned accuracy with only a tolerance of one degree
  • Sound alarm to alert when the temperature is over
  • Stored settings, the Sentry keeps your settings even after power off

 

On the next page we'll take a closer look before we install this unit for testing.