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NZXT announces Hue RGB lighting controller

NZXT announces Hue RGB lighting controller

NZXT's Hue provides full RGB control over 24 LEDs, along with brightness and pattern functionality.

If you're a little bored of fan controllers, NZXT's latest product might be of interest: designed to fit in a 5.25in drive bay, the Hue is an LED lighting controller.

Built for use with the company's range of sleeved LED lighting systems - 2M flexible circuits containing 24 RGB LEDs - the Hue, as the name suggests, provides control of the LEDs' red, green and blue channels for colour mixing and fading. The result, NZXT claims, is a near-infinite combination of colours with which to decorate the inside of a custom case.

The plastic front with steel-mesh backing holds three knobs, each of which has two functions: turn the knobs and the red, green or blue channels can be adjusted to change the colour of the RGB LED sleeve; push the knobs and you can switch the lighting on and off, adjust the brightness to one of five pre-set levels, or activate five pre-programmed lighting modes comprised of normal solidly-lit, fading, flashing, colour fading and colour flashing.

Power for both the controller itself and the connected LED sleeve is provided by a single SATA connector, while the controller takes up a single 5.25in drive bay.

Sadly for those with cramped cases, the Hue is a single-purpose device: rather than combine the LED control with a fan controller, NZXT has chosen to do one job and do it well. That's laudable from a design perspective, but it does mean that users wanting both fan and colour control over their rig will need to find room for two 5.25in controllers.

NZXT's Hue is available in the US now priced at $33 (around £21 excluding taxes,) with no confirmed price for the UK yet available.

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Technobod 5th July 2012, 11:08 Quote
Any one else of the opinion that that's massive and the same job could actually be done by a little micro controller off an internal usb header and a nice piece of software?
suragh 5th July 2012, 11:48 Quote
I need something like this. Good job NZXT.
Dave Lister 5th July 2012, 14:16 Quote
I agree with your opinion technobod, some people just like to fill up there drive bays though. Fingers crossed they make one to go elsewhere.
aLtikal 5th July 2012, 15:12 Quote
If you have it as software it just becomes additional bloatware that fills up the PC. I like the idea of having it as hardware. Hopefully they could release a one with an integrated fan controller as-well, I think they'd be onto a winner then.

An interchangeable colored fascia would be good aswell, does it come with one? People with cases other than black.gunmetal grey might not like the color change.

Nice though!
ChaosDefinesOrder 5th July 2012, 22:44 Quote
I keep misreading the title as "_Huge_ RGB lighting controller"
tozsam 6th July 2012, 13:44 Quote
While we are on the topic of light controllers, I have wondered for ages if there is a way to control RGB lighting using a PC components temperature ie. When the Graphics card is idle, the lighting is blue, as the temperature increases the lighting changes towards red.
suragh 6th July 2012, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by tozsam
While we are on the topic of light controllers, I have wondered for ages if there is a way to control RGB lighting using a PC components temperature ie. When the Graphics card is idle, the lighting is blue, as the temperature increases the lighting changes towards red.

Interesting idea :D Would be awesome if a company did something like this.
Gareth Halfacree 6th July 2012, 16:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by tozsam
While we are on the topic of light controllers, I have wondered for ages if there is a way to control RGB lighting using a PC components temperature ie. When the Graphics card is idle, the lighting is blue, as the temperature increases the lighting changes towards red.
Easy enough to do with a microcontroller. If there's interest, I could do a how-to for the site...
Dr Dark 6th July 2012, 17:41 Quote
"While we are on the topic of light controllers, I have wondered for ages if there is a way to control RGB lighting using a PC components temperature ie. When the Graphics card is idle, the lighting is blue, as the temperature increases the lighting changes towards red"

>I thought there were a number of products that did this already?
tozsam 6th July 2012, 21:49 Quote
Gareth, that would be ace, always love to tinker, plus my ego would be so huge if my idea was an article on my favorite site. (see the arse kissing there?)

Dr Dark - what products have you seen? I have been looking on and off for about 3 years and always came up empty handed.
tozsam 6th July 2012, 22:19 Quote
Had another look for existing products. Closest I came was tap faucets, which gave me another idea, adding a couple of these to my watercooling loop.
Nexxo 6th July 2012, 23:22 Quote
Naaw dude. You just hook a thermistor up to an Arduino board. It's easy-peasy.
merter 6th July 2012, 23:23 Quote
I think I'd actually be tempted with one of these. Love the blue hues in my case... right up until I want to sleep or watch a film!
KayinBlack 7th July 2012, 02:54 Quote
My setup has temp controlled color change, as well as user-alterable and all kinds of other tricks. Too bad it's really not available as a standalone...
tozsam 7th July 2012, 20:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by merter
I think I'd actually be tempted with one of these. Love the blue hues in my case... right up until I want to sleep or watch a film!

So how about setting up a system for raising and dimming the lights. At idle the lights are out, and when the temp increases, say graphics card temp, then the lights brighten. Lighting for gaming and darkness for everything else.
Nexxo 8th July 2012, 14:32 Quote
Indeed: an ambient light sensor can dim or change case lighting as the room lights are turned down. You could also hook it to events such as certain programs (games or media players) being launched. I am starting to wonder if there is a nice little project in that: case lighting that dynamically adapts to changes in the environment or what is happening on the PC.
stuartwood89 8th July 2012, 18:58 Quote
If only this was out a few years back....

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