As I sit here and think of how to downplay my excitement about this fan controller until much closer to the end, I just can't help but do so anyways. Aesthetically the Recon is super clean, streamlined and is a sweet looking addition to any rig. Functionally, the Recon is the fan controller that just keeps giving. Not only does it have the sleek touch screen to simplify controlling the device as a standalone unit, not to mention easy to clean from use with powder from you favorite snacks all over your fingers. On top of the simplicity and ease of use the control panel offers, if you are really lazy or just want to show off to your friends, you can open the browser and dial into the device from any other PC in the house. Even then that isn't the limit of this thing. You can be at a family reunion, knowing it is hot enough to fry eggs out and you have a scheduled gaming session in 30 minutes, grab an iPhone or a tablet, really anything with a browser and dial up the PC, max out the fan controls and enjoy coming home to a pre-cooled environment ready for the demands your gaming is about to do to the PC.
All of the cabling is pretty much enough to get around behind the motherboard while still connecting to the chassis fans, USB port and even powering the unit can be hidden pretty well. If I was to fault this unit at all and the fact that the cables are black helps, but the thermal probes are somewhat limited as to where they can run cleanly. They got to the CPU and GPU fine and I could hide those away, but if you want to get the temperature of airflow through an AIO hanging in the back, you are going to route the wire straight across the main compartment of the case. I know this may be an extreme example, but there is software out there for the CPU, GPU and even my memory, so I had to get creative with what I was finding out about my chassis cooling setup.
With only one thing to pick on the Recon about and even then that is a personal thing, two feet of cabling is fine for most case builds, I just don't typically have average builds or cases in use. That being said, I almost think that the release of the Hydra is almost to make you stand and think a moment before moving right into what the Recon delivers to the realm of fan controlling. As I said, if you need a high powered unit, the Hydra Pro is likely your answer from BitFenix, but for the average man without some serious demands in power, just the desire for the ultimate in fan control, the BitFenix Recon is your ticket.
With options upon options, offering the latest and greatest in what a 5.25" fan controller can offer its users, the Recon is getting my full support and recommendation any time I see anyone asking about a sleek fan controller that will leave them wanting nothing by the time they sort through all of the features.
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