Aerocool X-Vision Review

Aerocool X-Vision Review

Front view of the Aerocool X-Vision.

The Aerocool X-Vision is a 5-channel, 8 watt per channel automatic fan controller. It fits into a 5.25″ drive bay and features a large LCD screen which displays temperatures and fan speeds. It is not cheap (as of this writing, Amazon was selling the Aerocool X-Vision for $47.95), but is competitively considering the features it has.

The Aerocool X-Vision comes in a plain black cardboard box with an image of the X-Vision on the front; on the back is another image of the product and a list of features. Inside the box is the controller itself in a protective red back. On top of the controller is an instruction manual (which is written in several languages; six pages are in English). There is also a guide on how to replace malfunctioning thermal sensors. The box all contains two spare 3-pin fan cables, two spare thermal sensors, four mounting screws and six thermal stickers for mounting the sensors. The unit ships with the fan cables and thermal sensors already connected to the back.

The front panel of the Aerocool X-Vision is dominated by an easy-to-read LCD panel, with options to turn the back lighting on or off, a rotary knob and four buttons for setting and selecting the information that is displayed (fan speed, temperature, voltage and alarm settings). There is also a means of toggling between manual and automatic modes, and between displaying temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Controlling each fan is extremely easy: press the button for channel selection until the fan you want to control is flashing, then turn the dial.

Looking at the back of the X-Vision reveals that the circuitry is contained on a single blue PCB. The fan connectors are on the upper left, with the connectors for the power and thermal sensors below them (the 4-pin Molex power connector is covered with glue). On the right side of the PCB are 5 heatsinks, one for each channel. The fan cables will accept 3 or 4-pin fans and are 24 inches long (610 mm), so they should be able to reach across the case. Installation into a 5.25″ drive bay is easy: just slide the X-Vision into place and secure it in place with the supplied screws.

Tests on the unit reveal that the X-Vision is accurate in terms of the relationship between voltage in speed. At the lowest setting, the X-Vision supplies 5.3 volts, which should be enough to start most fans. At 50% the voltage is 6.5 volts; it tops out at just over 11 volts at 100 percent.

One drawback with the Aerocool X-Vision is the LCD display. The display is designed to be viewed with the computer on the floor. If the computer is on your desk and you are looking at the display directly, it is somewhat harder to read. Another issue is that only channels 2 through 5 can be shut off completely; channel 1 (which is intended to be used for the CPU fan, cannot be shut off (which is probably a good fail-safe anyway, since it guarantees the CPU fan is always running).

In conclusion, the Aerocool X-Vision is a reliable, accurate fan controller; its shortcomings are minor and do little to diminish what is a solid product. I would add that 8 watts per channel is not a lot; still, it should provide enough power to run most fans. It works as described and is arguably Aerocool’s strongest entry in the fan controller market.

Features:

Controls and monitors five sets of fan speeds and temperatures
Switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
Overheating alarm temperature warning
LCD backlight on/off
Fan working display
Fan voltage display

Specifications:

Dimension: 149 (W ) x 42.5mm (H )
LCD viewable area: 104mm (W ) x 21mm (H )
Connectors: 5 x 3-pin fan connector / 5 x heat sensors
Material: ABS front bezel with steel bracket
Max wattage per fan channel: 8W

External Links:

Aerocool’s product page for the X-Vision

AeroCool EN55529 X-Vision 5 Fans and 5 Temperatures Controller on Amazon

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