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BitFenix Recon Internet Connected Fan Controller

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Posted October 26, 2012 by Vinny Petronio in Cases & PSU

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Price at time of Review: BitFenix Recon carries an MSRP of 34.90€ in the EU, $39 in North America
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Build quality, Touch Screen, Intuitive easy to use software, long cables, USB interface, five fan capability, easy install, Internet connectivity, temperature, fan and voltage control, Price
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

short base no tray
 
BOTTOM LINE:
the BitFenix Recon gives you outstanding performance, excellent build quality, and impeccable style. In this case, there is truth to the saying that good things come in small packages. With an MSRP of 34.90€ in the EU, $39.00 in North America this an exceptional value for the money spent.
by Vinny Petronio
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Introduction:

Cooling is an issue that will likely always be a concern, whether we run our computers at stock settings or overclocked it really makes no difference. There is always going to be heat generated from every electrical component in your system. There are many ways to accomplish this, from faster or bigger fans, to exotic water cooling. Both have their pros and cons, but sometimes the easiest, most reliable and most cost effective way to accomplish something comes from getting back to basics.

Fans in most cases fit this bill and offer a cost effective solution to improve or adjust cooling throughout your system. But, running fans at full speed all the time can leave us with noise problems and in most cases, cool and quiet cannot coexist together. Or can they? Is it possible to breathe new life into that old computer or custom build with your current fans? What if you could control the speed, airflow, and temperature strategically to different parts of your case? Imagine being able to do this both quickly and effortlessly, and wirelessly as well.

Today I have the pleasure of bringing you what may be the world’s first internet connected fan controller, The BitFenix Recon. It’s designed for a new age of mobile devices and built on a platform with software that’s Browser based, meaning it is compatible with virtually any mobile operating system, including iOS, Android, or Windows.

The BitFenix Recon sports a cool looking illuminated easy on the eyes touchscreen interface, which displays current system temperatures and fan speeds for up to five fans, and also gives the user easy access to the Recon’s advanced functionality. The BitFenix Recon sports two specially-designed microprocessors which constantly interact with your motherboard, providing you with real-time status monitoring and control of your fan speeds and system temps. Users can define, save, and recall up to three different presets, making adjustments to fan speeds and temps, while at home, at the office or even on the go. Read on to see what else The Recon from BitFenix has to offer…….
Our thanks go out to BitFenix for providing us with our review sample.

“ BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strength, and performance to complete their computing tasks. Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix Team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and peripherals for those who refuse to quit.”

 

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