Sunbeam Tech 80mm Quad-LED Fan
Expanding their burgeoning range of PC case modifications, Taiwanese case mod company Sunbeam Tech have added another to their range of PC mods with their quad-LED 80mm fan. Going up a notch from their tri-LED fan, an extra LED has been added to this one.
The specifications are listed as follows:
- 80mm x 80mm x 25mm size
- 3000RPM rotational speed
- 0.12inch H2O pressure
- Noise Level: 30dB(A)
- Air Flow: 34CFM
One of the first things I noticed about the fan was the spaghetti tubing shrinkwrapped on at the edges. This helps an enormous amount with the appearance and to a small extent tidying up the wiring. If you want a messy or crowded case, then mine serves as an excellent example - see my CCFL fan review for the carnage.
The second nice feature is the inclusion of both 3 pin (for motherboards) and 4 pin (for molex-style power) connectors. Instead of the typical HSF inclusion of a pass-through molex connector which has the 3 pin motherboard connector attached, both plugs are on the one cable. As well as preventing a wiring catastrophe, the Sunbeam quad-LED has both connectors on the one cord, while still including RPM sensing for the 3-pin connector. This leaves an unfortunate possibility of someone might plugging both in at the same time. Please... don't do it. But if for some reason you are possessed to try it and something pretty happens - please send in pictures. :)
A closer look
Now what makes this different from being "just a fan" is each of the LEDs in all 4 corners of the shroud. The fan shroud and blades are transparent, allowing the light to filter through.
The unit reviewed here is the blue/LED one. The corners of the fan shroud were the colour of their respective LED. Two LEDs of each red and blue are in each corner, arranged so that the matching LED is diagonally opposite. This ends up helping mix the colours a bit more. The camera had a bit of trouble picking this up - significant parts of the lighting were showing up as purple. A bit of tweaking of the exposure time allowed the individual LED colours to be picked up, but the picture turned out a touch dark, as seen below:
This is difficult to describe, but where the tri-colour fan has 3 distinct colours, the colours of this fan seem to blend in more, creating a purple. The camera (a Nikon Coolpix 4500) had a fair bit of trouble picking up where the colours ended and started, so you'll notice in some photos that the fan appears pink, purple, mostly red or mostly blue. In the pictures above, a large aperture and quick shutter speed were used to try and capture the colours a bit better. They've turned out dark, but they're quite close to what I'm actually seeing.
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