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Item#: N82E16811997078

BitFenix Recon Fan Controller

  • SofTouch, ABS Plastic, Steel
  • Fan Channels x 5
  • Temperature Channels x 5
  • Max Watts / Channel 10W
  • Measurement Frequency Every 0.1 - 0.4 Seconds
  • Temperature Alarm Range 30 Degrees -90 Degrees
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Control your system anywhere with the BitFenix Recon Fan Controller. This five channel fan controller features internet connectivity - another world first from the BitFenix Design Labs. With dual processors to continuously interact with your motherboard, Recon enables you to monitor and control your system on the go with any internet-connected device, including the latest smartphone, tablet or laptop. The easy-to-use touchscreen displays your current system temperatures and status, while giving you easy access to Recon's robust functionality. Customizable profiles make it easy to save and recall your favorite settings, while the SofTouch bezel makes it an attractive addition to your killer rig.

  • newegg Internet Connected for Mobile Devices Recon is the world's first internet-connected fan controller. Once setup, Recon allows you to monitor and control your system fans and temps using any internet-connected device, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Best of all, Recon is not platform dependent and only requires a simple web browser to operate. Ideal for users who run their systems 24/7, Recon gives you total control and peace of mind - no matter where you are.
  • newegg Touchscreen Controls Keeping tabs on your system and making adjustments has never been easier with the Recon's easy-to-use touchscreen controls. The touchscreen offers system temperatures and fan speeds at-a-glance, and even alerts you in the event of any temperatures getting too high. The intuitive layout makes it easy to adjust your fan speeds to adapt to any situation.
  • newegg Dual Processor Technology Recon employs two custom microprocessors that interact with your system for accurate real-time status monitoring and control. Working with your motherboard, these microprocessors connect to your system and enable you to control your system's fans both locally and via mobile devices.
  • newegg System Status Monitoring Keep tabs on your system at all times with Recon’s robust system monitoring capabilities. Fan speeds are displayed at-a-glance, and both fan voltages and threshold temperatures are all right there to help keep you up-to-date on the health of your rig.
  • newegg Five Channel Thermal Control Recon gives you five thermal channels to couple your system fans with. Each channel delivers up to 10W of power, enough to drive even the largest fans!
  • newegg Customizable Profiles Program your favorite settings and recall them with a single button press! Set up an entertainment profile to keep fans spinning slowly during a movie, or a gaming profile that spins up your fans full speed when the action heats up. Recon allows you to customize your own profiles and recall up to three of them on-the-fly, allowing you to be ready for any situation.

Model

Brand
BitFenix
Model
BFA-RCN-KS-RP

Spec

Compatibility
5.25" Drive Bay
Material
SofTouch, ABS Plastic, Steel
Dimensions
5.59" x 2.64" x 1.69"

Features

Features
Fan Channels x 5

Temperature Channels x 5

Max Watts / Channel 10W

Measurement Frequency Every 0.1 - 0.4 Seconds

Temperature Alarm Range 30 Degrees - 90 Degrees

Temperature Range 0 - 100 Degrees

Internet Connected for Mobile Devices

Touchscreen Controls

Dual Processor Technology

System Status Monitoring

SFive Channel Thermal Control

System Status Monitoring

BitFenix SofTouch Bezel

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Adrian H.
  • 3/15/2015 8:25:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, but sluggish

Pros: It looks great, can be controlled from a tablet, runs many fans and supports a wide range of power levels. It also includes replacement bits and pieces which is really nice. It feels sturdy.

Cons: It's very sluggish. I'm primarily interested in PC silencing and it's very difficult to do back to back listening tests with this thing because it will adjust up and down (sometimes to full blast) until it gets near the RPMs you've asked for. I would prefer to set target voltage and accept the RPMs that produces, which is how a traditional fan controller works. The only reaosn I didn't use one is that I was concerned that it wouldn't fit with the front panel on my case.

On that subject, I had to remove one of the toolless clamps from my case to install this because it isn't as deep as an ODD. Just double check that your case allows this.

The last issue is the software. It works, but it isn't clear and a bit buggy. For example, you can create profiles and save them but the functions to delete or use them don't appear to work (at least not in Firefox).

Other Thoughts: I feel a bit disappointed that the reviews out there don't mention these things as they are very significant sticking points in a device that is supposed to give you more control over your machine. That said, It does its job well enough for my needs which don't involve too much fiddling once it's set. It also really does look excellent in my Obsidian 550D.

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  • Allan S.
  • 3/1/2015 8:23:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNever Recon siter

Pros: So far so good...saw mixed reviews on this product did my homework and took a chance...
-great functionality
-auto/manual mode
-great build quality

Cons: Viewing angle needs some work...
software was useless for me...

Other Thoughts: Great controller for the $

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  • John M.
  • 1/8/2015 6:03:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's "OK"

Pros: It looks great.
The screen is easy to see.

Cons: Controls aren't really that intuitive.
RPM readout probably isn't that acurate.
The software doesn't work at all.

Other Thoughts: I tried installing the software as per the PDF. I guess it is supposed to start some local server or something on your machine, but it doesnt connect. I couldn't find the two Windows services that they wanted me to start, and more to the point, why does the software installation for a consumer device require going into administrative tools/services anyway?

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  • Shawn N.
  • 1/8/2015 6:54:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: It works
It provides power to fans
Looks nice

Cons: Cables are a mess
Software you can install is not good
Too many wires and they are too long
The thermal indicators do not have a good system for attaching to devices

Other Thoughts: I used this thing for quite some time and I like the way it looks but I had so much trouble managing these cables. The software you can use is useless. I ended up taking it out of my case to clean up cables. I am still trying to figure out why the cables are so long for this unit. The tape that comes with it for attaching the thermal indicators is garbage.

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  • Kris H.
  • 1/1/2015 9:39:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPiece of junk

Pros: NONE

Cons: Installed per directions that came in the box. As soon as I powered up my computer the fan controller poured smoke out of my machine as I scrambled to power it down. Will be RMAing for a different controller

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  • J L.
  • 1/1/2015 5:20:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsMore trouble than its worth :(

Pros: One of the best looking fan controllers out there.

Cons: I've had this for almost a year and during that time I've had the same issue as others with the controller shutting itself off when you mount a screw in the right side all the way. It would turn itself off and start to smell like it was burning. Not sure why this happens, but it always does this if I unmount it to move things around.

It will not read the correct speeds on my Noiseblocker fans, something about the voltage? It displays an incorrect max rpm, so I cant run them at full speed.

If you keep a manual setting, occasionally it will change back to auto by itself. So I have to keep an eye on it every once in a while and change it back.

You have to use the temp sensors on this controller or it constantly beeps. So I have them on and zip tied in a bundle.

When it works, its great. But its so full of small annoyances that I would recommend a different fan controller (if you actually need one). I've decided to go ahead and replace it (which stinks, cause I do like the faceplate on this one).

Other Thoughts: I've thought about buying another one, in case this is just some kind of dud. But after seeing other reviews, I'm glad to know it's not just mine.

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  • Zachary V.
  • 11/18/2014 7:57:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggshavent installed yet....

Pros: inexpensive for a fan controller with temp sensors
the software and smartphone control is a nice touch

Cons: build quality is a bit on the cheap side
parts are hot glued inplace

Other Thoughts: again i havent installed this yet waiting on a motherboard andextentions for a PSU

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  • Xi Z.
  • 10/12/2014 4:11:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied after 3 days

Pros: Single color theme, nice touch screen.

Cons: Fan speed adjustment is really slow, I mean slow it's like more than 30 seconds, especially when first boot up, the fans are all in full speed then start to slow down to where you manually set after you enter to system desktop, that's really annoying. Viewing angle very limited, if you place your case under desk like me, then you can see nothing from above.

Other Thoughts: After 3 days using, it didn't light up when booting up this morning, then I smelled something and realized something on circuit board burned up, if you have ever smelled this kind of smell, you know what I'm saying. Haven't checked it, hope it didn't fired my Noctua case fans which are more valuable to this controller.

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  • Ryan L.
  • 9/29/2014 3:25:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks cool

Pros: - Aesthetically appealing
- Temperature monitors

Cons: Couple of things here...
First: With a higher-end motherboard, you simply don't need a controller. i.e, the ASUS PRO boards... they have enough headers and a great fan controller integrated. So I find this controller to be more for looks than performance.
Second: To me, it's not worth all the hassle to wire it all up and get it working the way it was designed to. I have the temp monitors where I want them, but the auto feature seems to be a PITA to setup so I just have it on manual.
Lastly: 3 of the 4 fans I have hooked up run 100RPM over the listed max... not sure how accurate the readings are, but the 4th fan runs 1000RPM below listed max... The max RPMs have actually changed over time... my 120mm fans used to be abe to go to 1400RPM, but now are at 1300RPM. I don't know why...

In conclusion, I'm glad this thing looks pretty cool, or I would've tossed it. Doesn't do anything more than read case temps and look good for me.

Other Thoughts: Short version of Cons:
If you need a fan controller, I would be hesitant to recommend this one; if it's just for looks and you don't mind some buggy functionality, go for it. Just be prepared to waste an hour or two getting it all wired up.

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  • Timothy P.
  • 9/24/2014 6:01:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat if you can get the screws tightened

Pros: This controller is far more useful than an onboard temp/fan controller. It puts the controls right in front of you. Plus it's touchscreen. The LCD brightness and contrast seem just fine.

If you're on Linux, you'll know the woes of onboard temp sensors. They tend to leave you with the only option of going into your firmware to actually change fan settings. Well this essentially eliminates the need to do that. It also lets you add more fans to the process. My case has 5 fans, but it can potentially support 6 if I recall correctly. My board only supports 4 fans, so the only option is to plug them directly into the PSU and let them run at full speed.

Cons: What in the hell is going on with the screws?! I positioned this thing in my case, screw'ed it in, and it didn't work. I thought it was DOA. Well as it turns out, this thing must have a short somewhere, though I have absolutely no idea where. I don't know if it's just mine or if this is a known issue, but after leaving the system running and then fiddling with the screws, I discovered I could only tighten them so much before the unit decided to power off. A little bit of fiddling and I could find the exact moment this happened. At that moment, there is no way to actually use this thing without pushing the whole unit backwards into the case. I almost sent it back.

Also, the screws they shipped with the unit aren't the right thread size. Not a big deal, got plenty of alternatives lying around.

All in all, 2 eggs off for these issues. Honestly if it was just the wrong screws, it'd be 0 off.

Other Thoughts: If you have the same screw issue as me, what you'll need are some small non-metallic washers. They come packaged with some things like motherboards. Gently snug the screws with the washers between the head and outside of the bay cage while the system is powered on. If you're lucky, you'll get them tight enough to hold the unit. This is really a make or break issue--the thing is touchscreen so you're gonna have to push on it, and if those screws aren't tight enough, you'll find yourself slowly going insane.

If your case has a screwless design for the 5.25" bays and you can't remove the clips, you are basically uh... screw'ed... The only option there might be to place washers between the unit itself and the pins. I'm just glad I didn't have to go through with that. I would've sent it back at that point.

PROTIP: Test the unit once you position it before you go and plug everything in and position all the temp sensors. You'll save yourself some time if it really doesn't wanna work for you.

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