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The Thermal-Star LCD Media Panel 7-in-1 Card Reader / Fan Controller / Temp. Display fits in any standard 5.25" drive bay and allows monitoring and control of up to 4 fans. It also reports temperatures from 4 temperature probes and will activate an alarm if one of the probes reports a temperature above the set threshold. All of the reporting is done via a back-light Blue LCD display that can report the temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. If that weren't enough, the panel also has a 7-in-1 card reader with both CF and MS card slots. An eSATA port is also integrated, leaving no space on the panel unused.
7-in-1 Card Reader
The card reader supports both CF and MS cards, the most popular flash media.
Automatic or Manual Fan Control
While the panel has 4 knobs for controlling each fan channel directly at the press of a button it can switch over to "Auto" mode and control the fans based off of the temperatures reported by its temperature probes.
Four Channels for Fans
The panel has four separate power channels for controlling four fans independently.
Four Temperature Channels
With four included temperature probes, the LCD display can show the current temperature readings from each probe.
Back-Light LCD Display
To aid reading of the LCD display in the dark, it is back-light with a cool blue glow. The display reports the current fan control status (manual or auto), the RPM of any one of the fans it is controlling, the temperature reported by any one of the temperature probes and the current setting for the temperature alarm. The temperatures can be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.
The adjustable temperature alarm will beep when one of the temperature probes reports a temperature that is higher than the alarm's chosen temperature setting.
Total Reviews: 11 Average Rating:
Reviewer: Vincent (1)
Worked well for 2 years but today the SD/MMC card reader died. I noticed a week ago the green led on the front was not coming on and it would ocassionally lose connection in Windows.
Great for an entry-level fan controller05-08-2014
Reviewer: Chunkboi (8)
It looks cheap, but if you want front-panel solid state media access (and I use mine for my DSLR) and peace of mind, this thing is effective. It is a cumbersome install, but once you have it in place, it sits well. I dinged it a star because it lacks an automatic fan control function...the automatic mode only automatically cycles the sensor readings. But...as a fan controller and media reader, it''s quite effective.
2.5 years later12-30-2012
Reviewer: P_Adams (4)
I''m revisiting this unit because after 2.5 years of use; I''m looking for another one. The only issue I have with this offering is that after 2.5 years, the display has dimmed almost to the point of going dark. It has worked flawlessly for 2.5 years; longer than most people keep computers !!!
Reviewer: Cheap pots and low quality unit (1)
One of the adjusting controlls broke after a couple months.
Sending it back!!03-12-2012
Reviewer: John (1)
it worked great for a month and then started to break down fan 2 started to have a mind of their own, then fan 3 shut completely down. I''m sending it back and ordering some 3 pin cable extensions so I can plug the fans into my motherboard chassis fan outputs