The NZXT Sentry Mix is NZXT’s latest fan controller and fits some of the modern styling. The Sentry Mix can control up to six fans, individually. The fan controller is actually a slider; making the whole unit resemble something you might see a DJ using. Each slider is has a number, which can be illuminated in up to five different colors, blue, white, red, green and orange.
Unlike many other fan controllers, the Sentry Mix actually resembles a 5.25” drive. It has all of the screw holes that you’d find in a DVD drive, and is sturdy enough to keep it from wobbling around. This is a very nice feature, because most cases have some form of tool-free installation device. Having this full structure allows you to use your tool-free installation device, rather than removing it or manually attaching screws.
The large structure also allows for storage of all of the six fan controller cables as well as the power cables. What’s also nice about these six cables is that you can remove the ones you aren’t using with just a click of a clip. Since not all cases use six fans, this is a nice thing to have, cutting down the clutter inside your case.
Installation is very simple and easy, due to its solid structure. Just like any other 5.25” device, slide it into an open slot and secure it in whatever fashion, in my case a tool-free install. Once you get it installed, simply hook up your cables that you need. The cables are lengthy enough for even the biggest of cases, so you shouldn’t have any issues for full tower cases. If you’re smart, you can remove the cables that you won’t need, that way it doesn’t clutter up your case/controller box.
The rubber front panel should make most any black case on the market. The simple design is easy to use. The ticks on the sliders give you an estimate on how fast/slow your fan is going and the small button on the left of the controller will change your number LEDs from blue, green, orange, white and red.