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It's a dilemma: you want one of those cool automatic fan control panels, and you want one of those front extension panels that lets you add more ports to the front of your computer, but you only have ONE 5.25" bay left.

AeroCool comes to the rescue with this combination panel, allowing you to monitor up to three fans (requires three-pin/wire fans) and three temperatures, and add several ports to the front. Automatic fan control means you don't have to fiddle with it yourself to get the best compromise between noise and temperature, and an alarm audibly warns you of fan or temperature failures. That alone would be worth the price of admission, but they also include a headphone and microphone jack, two USB ports, an eSATA port, and a 56 in 1 memory card reader.

Now only you can decide if you need this, but if you don't want it, I'll take it!

  • newegg Temperature Monitor and Fan Controller The AeroCool CoolPanel III displays CPU, hard drive and video card temperatures and up to 3 sets of fan RPM on its large color LCD screen for easy monitoring. Three fans can be controlled independently to fit your cooling needs.
  • newegg Convenient Card Reader and I/O Ports The AeroCool CoolPanel III adds two USB ports, one eSATA port and two audio ports as well as a 56-in-1 card reader to the front of you computer for easy access.
  • newegg Fits 5.25" Drive Bays The AeroCool CoolPanel III features great compatibility with any computer chassis with a standard 5.25” drive bay.

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Model

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Brand
AeroCool
Model
CoolPanel III

Details

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Compatibility
Ports : USB 2.0 x 2?e-SATA x 1?56 in 1 card reader?Mic & Headphone
Connectors : 3-pin 3 wires fan required

Features

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Features
Include 2 x USB ports, 1 x e-SATA port, 56 in 1 card reader, Audio and Mic
Color LCD fan controller which detects and controls 3 sets of fan speeds and temperatures
Automatic fan control only
Manual setting for alarm temperature
Switch b/w Celcius and Fahrenheit
Alarm temperature warning
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 45 days
    • Return for replacement within: 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
It's fine.

Pros: Looks better than most card readers out there with the added function of fan control.

Cons: Molex connector pins push out when plugged in. May require a bit of tech ability to safely correct.

Other Thoughts: Lacks instructions on where to install temperature probes. Probably as a result I see a ~10% difference between measured temps and on board temp reporting while idling. Maybe if you move them around you can find the sweet spot for probe locations.

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2/ 5
Should Cost less

Comments: Too Expensive... add individual fan controller knobs if you are going to charge 50 bucks

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2/ 5
Dissappointed
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Look Elsewhere

Pros: It's functionality as a card reader and fan/temp monitor was a very good idea. The thermos, if placed correctly, are accurate to +2/-2 degrees C. Installed easily with Win 7 64-bit.

Cons: Poorly constructed. The bolt patterns do not match up with my Lian-Li PC-K62 case's 5.25" drive bays. Fan controllers instead of just fan monitors, would have been much better, but as it were, to connect all four of my case fans, just to monitor their RPM's, would fill my case up with more cable clutter.

Other Thoughts: Some people aren't aware that the 4-pin cable plugs in to the bottom half of a common 9-pin USB header on the MB.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Trash/Looks good Though

Pros: 1.Looks O>K
2.that's all

Cons: K first of all who ever has giving this more then one star is crazy, this is really a piece of trash that looks good. The instructions that come with it are a joke and dont show you any install steps at ALL. If you want something that is just going to look good but do absolutely nothing this is what you want, im the type of person that wants to buy something and use it.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent

Pros: The tempature censors was genius.
I placed one in the VGA, CPU, and under the PSU.
Controlls fans.
multi card reader, sATA, USB connections, and mic/head phones.

Cons: To be able to controll the fans is kinda tricky at first.
software is outdated with the micro CD and claims that is only for windows 98.
no instructions other than a picture pamplet.

Other Thoughts: Excellent addition to 5.25 bay drives.
Fit perfect and matches with all black look.
with the only temp. censor on the market that isnt 2X5.25 size, it is a must buy.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
2/ 5
not too bad...

Pros: Shows the temp for thee places in your pc, graphics card, cpu and inside the case. Also shows the rpm speed of three fans. Also has a card reader and USB ports, which is a plus.

Cons: Didn't come with any instructions, except for how to set the temp. alarm. Tried to place the sensor in between the heat sink and cpu like people said to do online, and shorted two of them out. Now only one of the temp monitors works... Driver disk that came with the panel won't install, saying I need windows xp service pack 1 (running win 7) Temp. won't change from Celsius to Fahrenheit.

Other Thoughts: Overall it seems like a cool little panel, but it is kinda cheap and not worth the money. Wouldn't recommend this product to anyone.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: It has a card reader, USB ports, and fan monitor.

Cons: Honestly, I RMA'd this shortly after I bought it. The fan controller does not control the fans. I knew this when I bought it. However, there is no output from the fan controller to the motherboard, so if you hook your fans up to this controller, you lose the ability of your motherboard to control your fans. However, after I RMA'd the fan controller, I found some Y-cables made by Rosewill on Newegg. They are 99c and allow you to hook up a fan to both the motherboard and the fan controller. These adapters use 3-pin connections, so you can't use them with four pin (PWM) fans.

Other things: I have a Sileo Cooler Master case that doesn't allow you to screw 5.25" drives in on both sides, and the panel wouldn't sit tightly in the bay. I didn't need the audio controllers or ESATA, so I RMA'd it.

Other Thoughts: I did end up getting Aerocool's 3.5" EasyWatch fan controller which I like very much (using the Rosewill fan y-connectors to allow the motherboard to control the fans). I do like the fan controller. I'm taking off 1 egg because of the flimsy plastic construction that wouldn't accomodate my 'toolless' case. I can't comment on the card reader because I never used it.

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