Conclusion: The NZXT Sentry LXE lets you monitor temperatures for up to five components and control up to five fans. If you need or want this much one-touch control, the Sentry LXE more than does the job, but it will require some extra desk space and patience to take full advantage of the external touch-screen display that's an integral part of the kit.
Pros: Simple to set up. Easy-to-read display. Unused cables can be unplugged to reduce case clutter.
Cons: Difficult to use with one hand. Includes no adapters for three-pin fan connections. Fills one expansion slot.
Summary: The Sentry LXE is not your standard run-of-the-mill fan controller. Combining the ease of a touchscreen and the flexibility of having an external controller add to its appeal - and not having to bend down under the desk to change a setting is nice. The built-in clock and sleek design complete the package and will complement any work space.
Pros: » Sensors and controls for up to 5 fans, » Sleek design will look good anywhere, » 7 foot cable makes placement easy
Cons: » Priced at the higher end of fan controllers, » Fan power headers are 3-pin which may limit use or require an additional purchase for some users
Conclusion: The NZXT Sentry LXE puts control over your fans right at your fingertips. The device has a stunning design, it features a sleek, black aluminum enclosure that will look great on any desk. You get five fan channels and five temperature probes, with each fan channel offering up to 10W and the option to adjust fan speed from 30% to 100%, or even completely off.
Conclusion: In terms of performance NZXT Sentry LXE demonstrates both dynamics and efficiency in auto mode. The fans were able to provide sufficient cooling with the minimum level of noise.While it is difficult to assess the manual mode, the response of the fans to the adjustments are rather quick. The overall controls are very simple and do not require much time to figure out.
Excerpt: NZXT's Sentry LXE is a unique and well-executed product that allows the PC enthusiast a wide range of monitoring and fan control options in an attractive remote unit. The fit and finish is excellent and the functionality is first-rate with an intuitive layout incorporated into the touch screen LCD display.
Summary: The NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller is a great gadget. It draws attention at the side of your monitor, and works fine as a fan controller.
The best feature of the Sentry LXE is the five independent thermometers. If you are an overclocker or simply like to know the temperature of each "hot spot" of your computer, you will really like this product.
The external design is nice because it doesn't ocuppy drive bays of your case, unlike most fan controllers.
Conclusion: NZXTs Sentry LXE fan controller performs just as you'd expect it to. Fans are set to their assigned settings, temperatures are constantly monitored, and the current RPM is always displayed. It's a great unit for enthusiasts who like to keep track of their gear, as long as 10W per channel is enough (which is equivalent to 0.833A at 12v). If you're one of the few insane people with Delta fans, you're going to need a little more grunt (upwards of 12W per channel).
Pros: Large external display, Touchscreen interface, Manuel and auto options, Alarm feature, Rechargeable battery for storing settings, Spare temperature probes
Cons: Renders an expansion card slot unusable, Limited areas of screen utilise touch, Awkward ribbon cable used to connect main unit to PCB, Resistive touchscreen is a bit fiddly, Terrible instruction manual, 10W per channel may be limiting for some extreme fans
Summary: The NZXT Sentry LXE Fan Controller is the best fan controller I've reviewed. It has a great look, lots of features and affordable. Being able to control up to 5 fans, monitor 5 hardware components is great, but the coolest feature of this product is the 5.27" external touch-screen display. This product takes the fan controller to the next level!
Summary: The NZXT Sentry LXE is a great step in their temperature controller lineup. Personally I really like the fact that the controller is separated from the case. Having it sit right in front of me to the side of my monitor gave me a quick and easy way to monitor temperatures and fan speeds while writing up this review.
This device is perfect for those who want the maximum information and control of their PC case.