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NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

  • SEN-001LX
  • Aluminum, LCD Screen, PCB
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Brand
NZXT
Model
SEN-001LX

Spec

Compatibility
5.25" Drive Bay
Material
Aluminum, LCD Screen, PCB

Features

Features
Large dual 5.25" LCD screen

NZXT designed intuitive control, set and change fan speeds and settings on the fly

Auto/Manual modes, let the LCD take control or set fan speeds to your liking

Temperature alarm

Aluminum finish

NZXT Designed graphical interface, easy to read and understand

Saved Settings, calendar and fan settings are stored even during system off so settings don't need to be redone

Supports up to 6Watt per channel

Supports only 3pin fans

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 year limited
Labor
2 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • ROBERT R.
  • 1/22/2015 10:57:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDangerous to buy - part 2

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: Looks great when it works

Cons: This unit has temporarily died multiple times now. (Shut itself off.) Power cycling the PC seemed to bring it back in line. However, when the unit would shut itself off, ALL THE FANS CONNECTED TO IT WOULD BE OFF TOO. This is a dangerous condition that could damage your PC, possibly even cause a fire under the right/wrong conditions.

I've been in contact with NZXT support, and while they tried to be very helpful, suggested I purchase a new battery for the unit (which I did, and subsequently installed) it made no difference. After 5 days without an issue, the unit died AGAIN, causing my PC to get quite hot. Brand new battery, didn't do a thing. (Except this time, the unit doesn't even come on again after a full power cycle, it's just dead, and had to be removed from the system.)

Other Thoughts: These units were not designed to allow your fans to operate with the unit off. When the unit's off, all your fans will shut down too, making it a very dangerous product to own. Buyer beware, purchase at your own risk.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT customer

We are sorry to hear the condition of your fan controller as it was one of our very first fan controllers that we came out with. We came a long way with our line of fan controllers to the sentry 2 and sentry 3 also the grid+. They are great products I would recommend for all of our customers who are migrating from the Sentry LX . I have gone ahead and sent you a link to a list of our newer fan controls for your convenience. Please if you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 1-800-228-9395.

Kind regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Curtis L.
  • 1/16/2015 2:23:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNZXT FAN CONTROLLER SUCKS

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: BEAUTIFUL COSMETIC VIEW, IF IT DOES WHAT IS SAYS IT DOES........THAT WOULD BE GREAT TOO.

Cons: WATCH OUT FOLKS.......SHORT AND SWEET, THE CLOCK NEVER KEEPS TIME.......IT IS NOT "AUTOMATIC".....YOU HAVE TO ADJUST, AND RESET ALL THE TIME. HEY, THIS IS A COLORFUL AND FUN UNIT, BUT NOT PROFESSIONALLY BUILT.
YOU MUST CONSTANTLY "RESET" THIS UNIT OVER AND OVER AGAIN....THE CLOCK PROBLEM IS BECAUSE IT ISN'T CONNECTED TO UNIVERSAL TIME, LIKE YOUR COMPUTER..........SO YOUR CLOCK WILL ALWAYS BE OFF TIME.......AND YOU MUST RESET.......RESET.......LIKE TWICE A WEEK......WHY? CAUSE MY UNIT "JAMS:".........WON'T DO ANYTHING....WON'T MOVE....
I AM GOING TO PLAY WITH IT A LITTLE LONGER, THEN WHEN I GET TOTALLY FED UP WITH THIS PIECE OF JUNK, I'LL REMOVE IT.

Other Thoughts: if YOU ARE GETTING IT BECAUSE IT LOOKS COOL........AVOID BUYING IT, BECAUSE THAT'S ALL IT IS......"COLORFUL:"......IT DOES NOT WORK WITHOUT CONSTANT RESETS.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We are thankful for the feed back and we appreciate you for purchasing our NZXT LX. What we can say about the time function is that it seems that the LIR2023 battery has died. Since the time on the fan controller keeps resetting it is not holding the accurate settings for the selected time. In turn usually when the date or time of a computer keeps resetting, It means that the CMOS battery is dying which can be replaced by purchasing it from a respected E-tailor or your public electronics store. The battery can be easily replaced by popping off the existing battery on the back side of your controller and switching the new battery in turn. Then should your time settings be able to stay without having to reset it constantly.

Kind regards,

NZXT Support.

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  • David B.
  • 1/10/2015 4:35:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGold-plated garbage

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: - It looks good
- the temperature probes seem to work
- Works great as a timer, telling you how long your computer has been powered on (with no Resets), if you do the math, subtracting its base setting of Jan 1, 12:00 PM from its current date/time (yes, I'm being sarcastic)

Cons: - Unreliable - I gave up on it after about 2 years, and had my motherboard control all my fans instead; this thing IS dangerous, as other reviewers have said, as it will suddenly stop working on you, not powering your fans
- Battery life - this thing is a vampire on the memory-back-up watch battery; you'll replace it a few times before you give up completely on having the date/time set, and your settings remembered
- Alarm sounding - because its unreliable and the battery drains fast, it always resets to the sound being on (and turning off the sound the LAST setting in the SET button's rotation (Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute, Alarm ON/OFF)
- Poor position of Reset button - you will accidentally hit it trying to select a fan, at which point you lose Date/Time, fan settings, and the Alarm is back on
- Viewing angle - if the Sentry is not AT eye-level, it's not viewable. Currently, I have my tower up off the ground, so mine is at eye-level, but in the past, when my tower was on the floor, I could not read the screen while sitting next to it.
- 3-pin fans only (out-dated)

Other Thoughts: I can't believe they still make this!
I can't believe they get away with selling it at that price!
I can't believe people still buy it!

I got this device in August 2008, and nearly 6.5 years later, people are still reporting the exact same problems with it that I had. NZXT has clearly NOT made any efforts to fix nor improve it.

Listen to the bad reviews. They are accurate.

I felt so burned by the horrendous non-quality in the Sentry LX Fan Controller (my introduction to NZXT), that I've basically banned the company from all future consideration (perhaps they've improved their standards for their newer products in the last 6 years, but I'm not willing to find out). Although the fan controller is still in my case, largely because I don't have case panels to replace it and I don't want to leave a giant empty gap there (Sentry takes up 2 bay slots), I haven't trusted it with controlling my fans in over 4 years (because it was so unreliable at it) and it only has 3-pin headers, whereas my fans now have 4 pins.

My motherboard has been controlling the fans for the last 4 years, and my new motherboard is superior at doing that, with 4-pin headers. I basically only use the 5 thermal probes, though I don't fully trust their accuracy anyway. Last month, I completely pulled the battery (pointless; never worked) and the 5 fan control/power wires from their headers on the Sentry's board (they come out easily) because I never plan to use them again, and the wiring is taking up unnecessary space. The Sentry was all-show/no-delivery, basically gold-plated garbage. It's hard to forget experiences like that, especially when its your introduction to a company.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We do apologize for the inconvenience, at this time we can confirm it was one of our very first independent fan controllers which would be able to control each fan independently. The battery has been known to die which could be replaced with another LIR 2032 battery which can be bought at your local electronics store. We over the years have made improvements to our newer fan controllers which have been able to correct issues of the past. We are thankful for your feedback and appreciate your feedback, We will take it into account with our PM team. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 1-800-228-9395.

Kind regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • ROBERT R.
  • 1/4/2015 8:50:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDANGEROUS - Do NOT buy this!

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: To be fair, this NZXT product looks awesome in my case. ...but that's about it. If you want a product that looks impressive, even if it's potentially hazardous to your rig, then look no further, this unit is for you.

Cons: 1. The display on the unit occasionally gets wonky - led segments randomly on or off. Hitting the Reset button "fixes" it. I see this happen once every few weeks.

2. The fan controller in "manual" mode is completely automatic, offering NO actual control. You can engage the per fan mode, and mess with the speed, and that works while the fan is selected for adjustment. Once you've made the adjustment, and resumed normal operation, it goes back to automatic... while in MANUAL MODE. So it doesn't work as advertised at ALL.

3. The unit has now SHUT COMPLETELY OFF on me TWO times. In both cases, I was playing a game, really pushing my PC (max settings) and didn't notice right away. Unfortunately, due to a very flawed design, when the unit shuts itself off, it NO LONGER allows power to go to any of the case fans hooked up to it. So your PC will overheat if you don't catch it, and stuff will get fried, plain and simple.

Other Thoughts: FAIR WARNING - DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!! This product is deeply flawed, and is in fact DANGEROUS if you have ANY interest in not frying everything in your PC. (See the shut off problem as cited in the "Cons") The unit I have isn't defective per se, it's just a flawed design. For being a fan controller, something so critical to the safety and proper operation of your PC that you'd THINK that in response to failure of the fan controller (temporary/glitched or otherwise) that it wouldn't cut off power to the fans - that they'd design it to simply allow FULLY power to go to the fans, applying resistance only to slow the fans down when operating properly, and defaulting to full power in the event of device failure. But they didn't design it correctly, so it's dangerous to have in your PC. Sure, maybe it'll work for you for a long time before it's an issue, but it only takes ONE time where you left your PC on overnight and it shut itself off for whatever reason that will permanently damage many (if not ALL) of your expensive PC's components. I got lucky and caught it in time. You might not be so lucky.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience at this time from the symptoms that you listed it does seem that the LIR 2023 battery. Which is a lithium battery which has most likely died thus is why it keeps shutting off and by hitting the reset button would it fix the issue. This battery can be replaced by either purchasing it from either Newegg or Amazon. Replacing the battery itself will resolve the random shutdowns and it automatically resetting your settings for the fan controller. If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to visit our website at www.nzxt.com/support/.

Regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 12/27/2014 12:31:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNice look but only useful as a monitor

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: * Adds an Upscale Look to the Computer
* Functions great as a fan-speed monitor only

Cons: * Beeps when a fan goes too low which it's set not to do!
* Useless time function - replacing batteries doesn't help!
* Hardware controlled, no software to "use" it.
* No USB controller, would have been nice!

Other Thoughts: Aesthetically speaking, this adds that "cool" factor to my computer which I wanted, but whoever programmed the hardware for this thing drank too much tampered eggnog. It never holds the time and after the first week of changing batteries I gave up on programming it each time. It beeps every so often just to let you know it can annoy you at random, and it sure would have been nice at this price for it to have been a touchscreen or at least have USB 3.0 Ports on the front. Ferrari looks with smart car performance.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We are pleased to hear that the NZXT LXE is working for you though if configured correctly the alarm can be disabled. Push the set button to get into the alarm option. Resume to push the set button to scroll through the other options. Within the variety of options should be the disable alarm settings option. The sentry lx will exit the temperature alarm setting mode after idling or at the end of the “SET” button scroll. The Sentry LXE was made to be an easy and simple fan controller for the end user all they would have to do is install it and attach the temperature probes. At this point they wouldn’t need to do much than just set the settings to automatic and let the fan controller do the rest. If you feel the fan controller is not functioning properly please feel free to submit at request at www.nzxt.com/support. We will also need an invoice on file if you wish to begin an RMA process or a parts replacement. If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to contact our support team at +1-800-228-9395.

Regards,
NZXT Support

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  • Evan B.
  • 12/6/2014 1:53:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNZXT Fan Controller

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: Seems pretty sweet, full fan control and it looks amazing. I like the date and time on it too is nice except when you just realized you been playing a game for way to long ha.

Cons: None so far little expensive

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  • Brandon H.
  • 8/17/2014 5:27:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Really well.

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: Nice Simple Design
Easy to read at a glance
Has date and time

Cons: Beeps about once every two days and speeds up the fans for no reason

and the reset button is in a odd place and i hit it every once and a while and can be a bit annoying.

Other Thoughts: ive used other fan controllers but this one is one of the best i used. despite the cons it can be a very nice controller for any case that it is put in.

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  • Adam F.
  • 8/16/2014 4:21:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks great but is not reliable

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: Looks awesome. Supports 5 fans. Temp sensors work great.

Cons: Resets quite often on its own. Replaced battery 6-7 times. Resets with full battery for no reason. Temp warning goes off even when its disabled and when there is no reason for it to go off, after which it immediately resets. I don't know if i got a lemon but i would imagine it is not supposed to operate this way.

Other Thoughts: I really love this looks of this fan controller but i think this guy eats up that watch battery way too fast. Its large enough that it could take AAA, AA, or 9V batteries instead of the tiny watch battery.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi ArchAngel,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the Sentry LX. We're sorry to hear about the battery drain on your unit. Have you tried to contact our Support team via support.nzxt.com? We are available from 9:30-5:30pm PST M-F to help you troubleshoot the unit. We can also assist with an RMA if the unit you received is deemed defective. Please let us know how we can help!

Sincerely,
NZXT. Support

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  • blagoja r.
  • 7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood fan controller

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: I was somewhat worry before I bought this fan controller due to reviews regarding some beeping sounds, then battery not holding time etc etc etc. I only found the alarm beep that happens maybe once a day and its very short mellow beep, I barely even notice it!!!! I think last time I heard the beep was 3 days a go.... The timing is still here, but honestly I don't care if it fails, and if it does I'll buy new battery if that's needed. I'm rating this puppy 5 eggs cause when compared to my other fan controller thats aerocool-2000 it blows it out of water in any possible way!!! LED color is way more vibrant, cleaner and stronger, has way better angle view, looks much more sleeker, can control 5 fans vs 4 of the aerocool, aercool can only control 4 fans if they are not greater in size of 120-140mm, since I have the 200mm fan hooked to the aerocool it seems it draws more power and leaves 1 fan channel usles, while thats not the case with the NZXT. I wish NZXT comes out with another model 2 bay fan controller lcd sleek at this one but yet different in looks so I can get rid of the aerocool.... It takes to use inferior product in order to appreciate a product thats over all good and give it a honest review, which is what I'm doing at the moment.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/19/2014 1:19:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty nice

This review is from: NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller

Pros: Works pretty well, beautiful, and works if you know what to do

Cons: here's the issue, auto SUCKS. Period. but put in manual, works great. sometimes beeps which is a bit startling, but I just took some plyers and squished the beeper so you barely hear it.

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