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Lamptron CE420 Fan & RGB Controller Review

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Posted September 28, 2018 by Josh Jackson in Peripherals

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $69.50 on Performance PCs
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Tons of Lighting Options, Great Remote, Wide Compatibility
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

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by Josh Jackson
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Lights, Lights, and More Lights!

What you see above is just a few of the potential lighting patterns Lamptron offers. There’s a good chance that one of the patterns will match the kind of lighting scheme you’re looking for. With the addressable headers, you can have a plethora of patterns that mix multiple colors for a customized look. The pictures alone don’t do it justice, which is why I included my video below.

Controlling the lighting is incredibly easy with the remote. The center button allows us to pick the mode we want to control. “A” is for the addressable RGB headers. Pressing up or down on the remote will change the speed of the pattern in lighting. Pressing left or right will cycle between the numerous lighting effects. When it comes to hardware based lighting control, Lamptron does an excellent job.

Other Testing Impressions

Of course, the CE420 does more than control addressable RGBs. If you bring the mode to “F”, you can pick fan channels and set fan speeds. “P” sets all the fans to full power. “Q” sets the fans to a quiet mode, running them at 40% power. You can also use the “L” to change the solid color of the standard, 4-pin RGB headers on the controller. Lamptron even has a temp sensor and an alarm to help notify you if temperatures get too high.

The touch screen control is solid. It may have a few confusing moments, but it’s about as good as you can expect with such a small screen area. The remote is absolutely fantastic though. Shooting through the settings and finding the mode I wanted was really simple. The remote was incredibly responsive as well. About the only real negative the CE420 has is the need of a drive bay. With so many cases leaving those behind nowadays, it can have a bit of trouble making it into a build.

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