After quite a bit of tinkering and testing, we find the Commander FT delivers on all aspects that Thermaltake states it will offer, and is presented in a very easy to use layout. While we addressed that the buzzer will sound if temperatures climb higher than the temperature you have set for it, we also found that if any of the connected channels see that a fan is no longer spinning, the alarm will sound then as well.
Probing the fan wires while using the slider, we found that the fan controller offers 11.77V when set to 100%. Most of the 10% drops on our way to 30% fan speed offers a 0.35V drop from its previous setting, and as we get to 30% set on the slider, we read the voltage then as 5.31V. We also noticed that if you are on channel one, and have it set to manual control, the rest of the channels are still using the Auto settings until physically changed individually. Two other things we want to mention here is that against a thermometer in the room, we saw only a 0.4 degree deviation between the two, and as far as the RPMs reported, it moves in 100 RPM segments, so accuracy is not exact, more of a general idea of the fan speed.
Outside of that, with the textured plastic bezel, and the smooth screen across the front, there is nothing to make this fan controller stick out or look funny when inside of a chassis. We did test fitment, and found no issues with using tool-free clips, or in using the provided screws. Also with three rows of holes, it makes it very easy to align this controller in many cases, where other manufacturers offer only one set of holes, and if it did not line up correctly, it is up to you to mod it to make that issue go away.
The Commander FT has a very solid feel, and even when pressing hard on the touchscreen, there is no flex or noises associated with such actions. We also liked that the wiring is easy to disconnect and plug back in, not only for wire management purposes, but it also ensures that you won't accidentally pull the wiring out of the clips if you do find reasons to remove any of them from the PCB.
Of course, you can find a $20 fan controller, but it won't be a touchscreen controller, nor will it look as clean as the Commander FT. We feel that for all of the functionality and options offered, the pricing is right where it should be. Comparing this to the Sentry 3 from NZXT, Thermaltake is only priced $2 more at $36.99 versus $34.99 for the NZXT. While they do share a lot of the same offerings, Thermaltake's version is cleaner looking, has a slightly larger screen, and is easier to use than what we recall from the NZXT offering.
So for $36.99 and free shipping, as we said earlier, if you own a Thermaltake chassis this is an obvious choice for a controller, but even if you have a chassis from another manufacturer, and like life to be clean and easy, the Commander FT touchscreen fan controller is the way to go currently.
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||97%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: It is clean looking, easy to install and use, and it offers plenty of power and finite controls that most enthusiasts are after. Thermaltake has delivered once again, and the Commander FT comes highly recommended from this reviewer.
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