Date: October 11th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Aerocool
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
After attaching the I/O cables to the Touch 2000, it is ready to be installed into the chassis.
Getting the Touch 2000 installed is easily accomplished. One simply inserts the unit into two available 5.25-inch bays and secures it with the included screws (or whatever fastening scheme the case features.) With all the connections made and the thermistors secured at the chosen monitoring points, the system can be powered up to reveal the colorful touchscreen.
The Touch 2000 display is clear and clean with great color saturation and an intuitive design, making it easy to use right off the bat. Viewing the display head-on gives the best look, while a view at around 45 degrees to either side starts to become unclear. This effect is even more pronounced when viewed from the top, as a user would see it with the machine on the floor.
The above graphic illustrates the functions of the various “buttons” available on the Touch 2000. Starting at the top, touching the AeroCool logo in the center is supposed to turn the display on and off. Curiously, this feature doesn't work on this example.
Just below the logo is the locking button. Touching the button toggles between locked and unlocked mode and when locked, the settings are protected from inadvertent changes. Below the lock are buttons allowing the user to toggle between Centigrade and Fahrenheit and to increase or decrease selected settings. AeroCool cautions the user not to use any hard and/or sharp objects on the display. Take it from me, your finger will work just fine.
Temperatures are displayed on the top half of the display and touching the temperature readouts toggle between current temps and the user-adjustable alarm settings. The bottom half of the screen is home to the fan speed indicators. To adjust fan speed (once it has been unlocked) all one has to do is touch the digits for the fan you wish to modify. The readout will then flash and then you can use the + and - buttons on the screen to adjust the fan speed in 100RPM increments. The Touch 2000 will allow the user to reduce fan speed to 50% of their rated RPM. If no fan is connected to any channel, the fan speed reading will flash zeros and the RPM indicator won't animate.
After installing the AeroCool Touch 2000 in a Lian Li PC-B25F chassis, I connected Fan 1 to the CPU cooler, Fans 2 and 3 to the top 140mm exhaust fans and Fan 4 to the rear exhaust fan. Over a couple of weeks of daily use, the unit has performed flawlessly (with the exception of the aforementioned display on/off button.) Checking the temperature readings with a laser thermometer, they proved to be pretty accurate with no more than a 2 degree variance on any of the thermistors. The alarms all functioned as advertised, albeit at a rather low volume, and the I/O ports worked without issue.