made quite a name for them selves with system controllers like the
GateWatch and the FP-01, but sometimes you don't need all the extra
bells ad whistles a full size controller has to offer. With
the EasyWatch, AeroCool provides the core functions you really need
in a slim 2.5 inch package. Lets see if this smaller profile
has what it takes to be in your next build.
The EasyWatch comes in both silver and black trim.
Today we will be looking at the black model. AeroCool packages
eth EasyWatch in a sensible box not much larger than the controller
its self and relies on the product imagery to make the sale.
the back of the box provides the product specifications below in a
variety of languages.
Out of the package, you can see the easy part of
the EasyWatch is the lack of any control beyond the temperature
conversion buttons seen here to the right. These buttons are
also used to set the audible alarm for each of the temperature
probes. After some of the more gaudy multi-colored controllers
we have seen around here, the clean presentation is refreshing.
Color LCD Display
Fits in 3.5" bay
- Detects and controls 3 sets of fan speeds and
temperatures. Automatic fan control ONLY.
- Manual setting for alarm temperature
- Switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
- Sound detection display
- Alarm temperature warning
The LCD display provides an active look at the
current fan speed for up to three different devices and provides
temperature readings for three probes, unlike the picture above the
actual unit is labeled CPU, video card and case for the
temperatures. The center lighting provides a visual sound
meter. With no reference for this measure, the lights become
an interesting display of just how much sound your system generates
as measured at the controller.
The controller ships in a plastic tray and
includes: a simple manual, two screws for 2.5" bay mounting,
mounting tape for the probes and protective covers for the probes.
This picture shows how simple these controllers
really are. Just a single board and two runs of cabling is all
The included cabling is quite long with each run
reaching about 28 inches (about 71 cm) including the length of the
controller housing. The power is provided by a +12V Molex pass
through and each fan controller can handle a standard size 3 pin fan
Each of the three temperature probes is protected
by a small plastic tube. These are pretty durable but the ends
can be damaged resulting in an incorrect reading on the display.
Simply attach one of these probes to the part you will be monitoring
using the included tape. For best results the end of the probe
should be in firm contact. The lines are labeled as CPU, VGA
and case to help you out.
Installing the EasyWatch is a breeze making the
entire setup from box to install about the same as installing a
floppy drive. Frankly I would much rather use that slot for an
EasyWatch, wouldn't you? The finished install is bright and
easy to read. I have used three different fans to get an idea
of just how the automatic control would power them:
Fan 1 - 120mm AcoustiFan AFDP-12025 120mm
Fan 2 - AeroCool 80mm
Fan 3 - AcoustiFan AFDP-8025 80mm
As you can see the three different fans are
individually controlled based on the case temperature. In this
case the ambient temperature was about 24 C (about 76F) and eth
ambient case temperature was confirmed by my laser thermometer to be
27C or about 80 F. I must confess I like to have control of
every fan most days out of habit but I really only seem to tweak
them during the first setup once things are stable, I rarely even
think about the cooling at all. Now I can keep things in mind
with just a quick glance at the EasyWatch.
Sometimes less can be more. With the
EasyWatch controller everything was simple from install to
operation. Here at the Club we may enjoy tweaking every
setting on a CPU but when it comes to system monitoring sometimes it
nice to just work right from the get go. This is one case
where you can literally set things up and never need to touch them
again. AeroCool has made a great decision in providing this
setup in a 2.5" bay size providing a practical use for those empty
slots that seem to show up in almost any case.
The EasyWatch is priced much lower than those
full size units too, making the addition of a controller a lot
easier decision for your pocketbook. I would recommend every
system have some sort of active fan control whether it be on the
motherboard or a controller like this. There is no reason to
have any fan set on a manual speed for normal operation when a
active control can keep things cool and still keep the noise down at
idle. Got an unused slot? Give the EasyWatch a shot,
your fans will thank you!
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