Fan controllers are very popular among the enthusiast audience and are available from many different manufacturers. Some models offer detailed real time reporting of the speed of each fan connected. NZXT had followed that flashy visual style with previous versions of the Sentry product line but decided to take a different approach with the Sentry Mesh.
We believe the majority of people who purchase fan controllers also buy very specific aftermarket fans. They are either looking for silent fans for a media center or for fans with high CFM ratings to cool overclocked gaming rigs. If an educated enthusiast knows the RPM and CFM of the fans is there really any need for the LCD display to display a speed setting?
If we compare the 2 images above it’s hard to deny the visuals of the LCD display will appeal to many people. For that reason we think that NZXT are taking a chance by deviating from the wow factor the LCD display offers. While the Sentry Mesh can control the same number of fans it lacks features like an audible alarm if a fan fails and has no PWM feature to control the fans based on a pre defined temperature scale.
At first glance many people might think that the Sentry Mesh is actually a 5 band equalizer based on the look of the 5 sliders. The NZXT Sentry Mesh takes a stealth approach by seamlessly blending in with the mesh front panels used on many of the popular cases on the market today. NZXT have several good images available on their website if you want to see what the Mesh looks like in various case models.
The NZXT Sentry Mesh is a very affordable solution retailing for a mere $24.99 so it comes down to your specific needs. If you are looking for a LCD display and audible alarms then the Mesh is not for you. If you want a simple but powerful fan controller the NZXT Sentry Mesh is a very viable option. The $25 price point makes us feel that the Sentry Mesh is a product worth considering.
- Simple to install
- 5 separate 30 watt channels
- Great price
- Looks good in a variety of cases
- No LCD display
- No fan failure alarm
Kitguru says: A product for a very specific audience. It is useful.