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Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

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Posted August 28, 2015 by Scott Guthrie in Peripherals

Overview

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WHAT WE LIKED:

Magnets! Brightness, Build quality, colors.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Minor: Choice of power connector and length of bridge cable.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
A fantastic line of LEDs with a well implemented magnetic mounting system.
by Scott Guthrie
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Conclusion

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Frankly, I think BitFenix has hit it out of the park with the Alchemy 2.0 line of LED Strips.

The magnetic mounting is just so much better than 3M Tape (sorry 3M) for most use cases of LED strips. They are easier to put in, definitely easier to reposition, and certainly easier to re-use than tape.

Not to mention, tape is a bit unsightly, and you have to be careful to hide the mounting so nobody sees it. The magnets allow you to ignore the mounting and put the LED strips wherever there’s enough steel to hold them. I can imagine wrapping them around reservoirs, attaching them to the side of your radiator, or putting them almost anywhere on the frame of your case.

With minimal wiring/soldering skills, it would also be easy to build custom bridge connectors allowing you to hide what little cabling there is much easier, or to daisy-chain these strips across longer distances. So too, you could relatively easily modify them to connect to a 3 or 4 pin fan connector, and given a fan controller with voltage control, I can imagine it would be easy to adjust the brightness to suit.

My ONLY complaints with the strips are the bridge cables being a bit short, and the power cables being MOLEX, which are becoming scarce in my PC. SATA or 3/4 pin Fan connectors would make so much more sense to me.

The only other case lighting I’ve used is CCFL, and frankly, the BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strips are so much better than CCFL on just about every front, I can’t imagine using CCFL instead of the LED strips in most cases.

If you simply want to make your case “pretty”, or you flat out want to make a statement (“Purple Rules!”), BitFenix has you covered with the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strips!

With all that said, I think it’s safe to conclude that the BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strips are worthy of a PureOC Editors Choice award!

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