NZXT Sentry LXE review

Take control of your PCs temperature

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Our Verdict

In the limited world of desktop fan controllers the NZXT Sentry LXE rules them all


  • Flash-looking desktop unit
  • Comprehensive fan and temperature controls


  • Cramped and confused interface
  • Not especially responsive

With no less than five temperature probes and five fan controllers the NZXT Sentry LXE sets itself up to be the environmental control centre for your PC.

With so many controllers on the market, its main gambit is a flashy touchscreen desktop control unit, this connects to a fan controller card installed in a spare backplate slot – though no PCI slot is actually required for it to work.

The NZXT Sentry LXE then provides a complete environmental breakdown of the five thermocouple temperature sensors and controls for the five three-pin fan power channels.

The fan controller works in two modes, either fully automatic where it tries to maintain a temperature with an upper threshold alarm, or a manual mode where you directly set the fan speed.

The five-inch touchscreen provides all the controls you need to set temperatures and fan speeds, along with a date and time display.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Wire Dimmer
Maximum Load Capacity100 W
Brand NameNZXT
Number of Controllable Devices5
Dimmer TypeTouch
Controllable FunctionFan Control
Power Rating100 W
ManufacturerNZXT Corporation
Product ModelSentry LXE
Product NameSentry LXE Hard Wire Dimmer
Manufacturer Part NumberSentry LXE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Introducing Sentry LXE, a high performance external fan controller with an intuitive touch screen. Its unique patent-pending PCI card interface desktop design allows effortless control without having to reach underneath the desk to configure the settings. Some of the additional advanced features include touch screen capability, 5 channel fan control and temperature detect, time and date display, temperature alarm, and screen on/of functions.