NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller review

The controller is powered via a Molex connector, it's black and it has a pass-through Molex connector (which is not seen on the picture below).

NZXT Sentry LXE Molex 

Each fan channel can drive up to 10W, which should be enough for most users considering that typical fans don't even require a quarter of that. Each of the five three-pin connectors is labeled, the connectors are all black and the cables have a length of roughly 65 centimeters. If your fans use a 4-pin Molex connector you're out of luck, no adapters are included with the Sentry LXE.

NZXT Sentry LXE fan 

The Sentry LXE also has five temperature probes, each probe is labeled and cable length is around 65cm, the same as the cable length of the fan connectors. When the fan controller is in automatic mode, the device adjusts the RPM speed of each of the five fan channels according to the temperature of the corresponding temperature probe.

NZXT Sentry LXE temperature 

The display of the NZXT Sentry LXE has a diameter of 5.27 inches, it's designed to sit on your desk and can't be installed into your computer's 5.25" bays. The screen has limited touchscreen functionality, only some pre-designated parts of the screen react to touch.

NZXT Sentry LXE display

The device has a very high quality look and feel, it's made from black, brushed aluminum.

NZXT Sentry LXE closeup

The screen is slightly angled and has a base with rubber feet to prevent slipping on your desk. The desktop stand is pretty thick and weighs more than I expected. The feet don't entirely prevent it from slipping on your desk though, to operate the touchscreen you need to push pretty hard on the screen and this makes the stand move on your desk.

NZXT Sentry LXE side

The power cable goes into this socket on the rear of the display.

NZXT Sentry LXE rear

Added: April 20th 2011
Product reviewed: NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck
Score: 8/10
Page: 2/3

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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