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NZXT HUE+ Advanced PC Illumination LED Controller Review

By: Chad Sebring | Cables & Accessories in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 12, 2016 8:48 am
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: NZXT

CAM Software

 

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Once installed, the first window you are given asks that you log into the software. This will allow you to use apps with your phone and control and monitor the PC from a distance. If you do not wish to do this, you can click at the bottom where is says "continue as a guest."

 

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After entering the software as a guest, we were first greeted with an update notice. We decided it is best to try the latest software, so we went ahead and updated CAM before we started to play around.

 

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After the update had been completed, we noticed this window had opened when we signed in as a guest. So on top of the app potential for the phone, signing in also sends a server the readings of temperatures and such so that you can compare notes at a later date.

 

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At this point, we finally are allowed into the CAM software and are delivered to the main window where you can monitor all sort of things the PC is doing. Temperatures, of all the components, usage information, even network traffic and an FPS counter.

 

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Opening the tab at the top specific to the HUE+, we start to see what is possible. Under the tabs, we see that all four strips are shown on channel one, and had we split them it would show two on either channel. Below that we are on the presets tab, and here you can choose a mode on the left, and on the right you can change speed, the color or colors used, and can save the profile once it is set.

 

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The Smart Tab offers a few more options to use. Here you can set a color scale so that the PC will tell you if the CPU or GPU is hot, and can even scale to the FPS of the game being played. Again all of the colors can be changed, what you see are just the defaults.

 

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Under the custom tab, this is where you can set the lights to an individual color that is on all the time, or you can even pick the individual LED being set, and have all forty LEDs on the strip be different. This mode is offered with fixed lighting, or on all the time, and also in a breathing mode.

 

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The Audio (Beta) tab offers some cool ideas as well. Via the USB cable for control, it also picks up on the audio sent through the PC. This allows them to use said input to change the LEDs as well. The level works like an EQ across the whole channel while sync will repeat the EQ look on each strip. Gain works by colors changing on the strip.

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