|Item model number||8c-hue0000-00b|
|Item Weight||6.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.5 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||July 1, 2012|
NZXT HUE RGB LED control (AA-HUE30-01)
|Price:||& FREE Shipping|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.5 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.4 Pounds|
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- Infinite color options that you can customize to your heart's content
- Three RGB controls to adjust the color settings, brightness level, and pulse speed of the internal LED sleeve
- On/off mode to completely disable the LEDs
- Effect modes: normal, fading, flashing, and pulsating of colors
- Internal LED sleeves that vibrantly illuminates and accents your chassis based on your liking
- Unique mesh design that blends flawlessly into any chassis with a mesh front panel
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HUE+ lets you light up your system like never before. It is a digitally controlled lighting solution that combines intuitive software and versatile routing options to give you unprecedented PC illumination possibilities.
With Smart mode and the built-in Overlay functionality, HUE+ lighting effects reacts to the changing conditions of your PC and makes your system come to life. With Audio mode, HUE+ reacts to the audio output of your PC and beats to your systems sounds.
Using the CAM software, making changes to your PC’s lighting effects just got faster and easier. Switch between modes with a click of a button and customize HUE+ to your liking.
The HUE+ includes 8 preset effects with in-depth customization. With dual-channel lighting output, each channel is capable of supporting up to 4 LED strips and can be configured to run separate effects.
NZXT has expanded their bay devices with HUE; an LED configuration that is customizable to your liking. HUE grants you the power to select how you want to illuminate your chassis with infinite possibilities. Take charge of the RGB controls to adjust the color fade, pulsating light effects, and brightness levels of your internal LED sleeve. HUE is equipped with an on/off mode for times you may need to go stealth and possesses a unique semi-mesh design, blending flawlessly into any chassis with a mesh front panel.
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The NZXT Hue+ is the size of a tall 2.5" drive and will fit nicely in a drive bay. The unit is powered by a DC which can be plugged in to the old standard 4 pin molex (just 2 pins used), and has a data link through the USB by plugging directly from a mini USB port on the device to a motherboard USB header with the supplied cable. I imagine that the device would work the same way plugged into an external USB, but uses the header to access the standby power. This power is enough to allow the unit to keep your presets in memory and allow your preset pattern to load on startup.
When I first installed the unit (yesterday) and installed the software, the unit began downloading firmware, so it is encouraging that you are getting hardware that has the ability to be updated, and will be supported by firmware updates. While installing the system is no problem for an experienced case builder, I would highly suggest powering up the unit before taping down the strips. The RGB strips are magnetic, which should allow them to "stick" to the case without tape, but since the magnets can move, you might just use the magnets to try out configurations, and then tape them down when you know how you like them.
The strips themselves have connectors which must be connected a certain way with an arrow lining up with a black line. I personally found the black line hard to spot, but it is a lot easier just to flip the connector if you have it backwards with the power on. That way, if the strip is powered, then you have it right!
Now, people who are unfamiliar with LED's might not understand, but the best way to use these lights is to have them "shine on something." You don't want to look "at the lights." Same concept goes with lamps. That's why they have lamp shades. So, hide them behind a panel...generally the best way to use them is hide them on the frame of the door with the window on the case. That way you can't see them, and they illuminate the entire contents of the case.
So, on to the software. The software has a lot of monitoring features, and of course, you can sign in through google plus or facebook if you don't want an account. The monitoring features might seem like bunk to you, but they work with the lights. You can turn on "smart" lights, which works with temperature monitoring of your motherboard or your videocard. For this reason, I don't find the system monitoring aspect of the software intrusive. I don't plan on using this feature, but it is nice to have. There are similar features that can be used during gaming, and I have not tested these.
However, I feel most people will be using the custom lighting features. Each channel can be customized, which is based off of the four pin proprietary plugs used in this system. The base unit has 2 plugs, but the software allows for up to 4 channels...so you need accessories to get to this level. I find 2 channels more than enough.
The set comes with four strips, and plenty of connectors to connect the strips allowing for plenty of placement options. The software may then be programmed to one of the many modes available which include breathing, pulse, marquee, etc. Most of these modes allow you to go with preset colors, or choose your own custom colors. When you choose your own custom color for that mode, you get a chance to name your custom mode/color, otherwise it will call it custom 1, custom 2, etc. Most modes are single color, while some are bicolor, and some are tricolor, and there is one multicolor cycle. Each mode also allows you to set the speed from 1 of 5 presets (slowest to fastest). When combined with multiple channels, this gives you enough creativity to unlock some interesting lighting patterns for your case. The lights are extremely bright, and give you more than enough illumination for any situation. I find the need to use less bright colors so as to not overdo the lighting.
While this software is still not as customizable as the Alienware software which I have used, it is still very nice, and very welcome. The lights themselves perform EXTREMELY well, and the device is easy to install with lots of cabled accessories to fit any requirements. While the price is definitely on the expensive side, I feel that it is justified for the uniqueness of the product you are getting. Stand alone customized lighting is pretty special. The kind of special that makes my customized overclocked rig seem that much more awesome. And I don't mind paying for that.
HOWEVER, the reason why I gave this product only 3 stars is due to the software, CAM.
CAM is without a doubt the worst software I've had to deal with. I have programs for temps, fan speeds, everything I need- but to have the lights on you have to have CAM on- which changes your GPU fan speeds and messes with your PC settings. For the last 5 months I've had issues with my entire system freezing up. Once a day I would have to hard reset my PC- and then one day when I shut it down windows told me CAM was causing system errors. I uninstalled it 2 weeks ago and have not had the problem occur since. Absolutely unacceptable that CAM can't work as just a lighting system.
The lights are SO BEAUTIFUL- but I do not recommend CAM at all. There is a program I downloaded called hue_plus (look it up on google) that can run the lights without CAM and it's awesome. I want to give the lights 5 stars, CAM 0 stars... so 3 stars sounds about right.
I would be more than happy to give this product 5 stars if the CAM software wasn't so aggravating and didn't cause my PC to crash.
I was reluctant to purchase this because; "I mean who really needs RGB control and fancy lights..."
WELL ANYONE WHO HAS A PC/DESK/WORKSTATION!
I quickly fell in love with this product and its customization, once installed (very easy to do, just some screws and you are golden) the software takes over and lets you customize everything from sleep mode to party mode.
For my job I do very graphic intensive 3D modeling and renderings and I can keep an eye out for GPU temps and CPU temps from a distance while it renders with this beautiful gadget! When I have my friends over and we are all listening to music chilling out, I get to use the beautiful spectrum program and the lights dance and move to my music. While gaming I have programmed it as well!
Installation was a breeze as mentioned before, I coupled it with the NZXT USB bank and kept all the wires hidden (major importance considering my Case has a huge window to show off the product. I have commitment issues sometimes with my setup so I didn't peel off the super stick 3M backing on the lights themselves I let the tiny magnets (computer safe no worries) hold them to my case and other places so if I ever decide to move them I can.
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Packaging was great, everything was kept well intact in transit. Setup was very easy, with helpful instructions provided making it very easy to know what to plug into what.
The controller comes with 4 30cm LED strips, which make one channel. The box allows for two channels, so you can have up to a maximum of 8 LED strips.
I'm using the Hue+ LEDs with the NZXT H440 case, and the LED controller box looks fantastic on top of the PSU shroud. It has a white LED light in it, which is a nice indication that the controller is getting power. It doesn't change color, however if you want to turn it off you can do so in NZXT CAM, the software used for changing the color and effects of the LEDs.
The CAM software works very well. It's simple and user friendly yet it allows you to customize things a lot, if that's what you're into. The colors are not completely accurate however they're very close and they're no worse than what you'll find on popular keyboards, mice and other RGB devices controlled through software. As of now, there are 9 preset effects available. All of them look stunning and allow for a completely different experience.
There are three different effects available after the presets, which is where things really get interesting. The first is "Smart", which decides the color of your LEDs depending on either your CPU temperature, GPU temperature, or how much FPS you're getting in a game. They come with the colors already chosen for you, however if you want to, you can change the colors in increments of 10 degrees for CPU & GPU temp, and 10 frames per second.
Next is "Custom" which gives you an insane level of customization. It allows you to select any individual LED and color it, however you can only give it the fixed or breathing effect, which makes sense as the LEDs won't be interacting in a sequence in this mode.
The last mode is "Audio". They make it pretty clear that this mode is still in beta, however it works quite well. Similar to Smart mode, you can choose 8 levels of colors, ranging from the lowest to the highest Level, Gain or Sync. This effect works really well, especially when you just want to chill out and play some music at your PC.
Overall, this product is excellent. I was slightly reluctant to pay 60 GBP for this product, as other LED kits are cheaper, however I would highly recommend spending the extra money on this. As I've said the level of customization is insane, while keeping everything super user-friendly and easy to use.
My biggest gripe is the CAM software however, I would recommend NOT creating an account and just staying in guest mode. It's really bizzarre how despite having a dedicated box, the settings will not save upon turning the power off at the mains. It will then wait until CAM opens on your desktop before waking up again.
I seriously recommend the Corsair lighting if you want to customise your build with case lighting. You won't get any crazy gimmicks like LEDs moving to music, but the lighting is better and the software is much more lightweight as it should be.
Everything is controlled via the CAM software, which needs a little work, but there's worse software out there. The software won't work properly on Windows 8.1, but works fine on Windows 7 & 10. There is an open-source driver by kusti8 that performs most of the Hue+'s functions and it supports Windows & Linux, but this hasn't been tested by NZXT, so use with caution.
NZXT's CAM software lets you set the lights to display as one static colour, breathing (fade in to colour, fade out to no light), fading from one colour to the next, a marquee effect (moving light effect), covering marquee (covers lights with one colour, then another), rainbow, alternating colours or a flickering candle effect. The lights can be set to sync with temperatures, the frames per second of a game, the audio being played, all which work well on Windows 7 & 10. It also supports events from Counter Strike: Global Offensive, like health change and grenade effects, but I haven't tried this. You can even manually choose what lights have particular colours in custom mode.
You might want to set a static colour first, then run your custom configurations, though, as it won't remember custom configurations or animated modes. Despite its shortcomings, however, it's a neat little device for those who want RGB lighting, and CAM is a fairly decent piece of software.
As far as the install goes, it uses an SSD slot, needs to connect to a USB 2.0 header and a Molex connector so make sure you have all of that available. The kit comes with 4 lighting strips which can be linked together to form longer strips (and the HUE+ controller will detect this within the software). It has 2 seperate channels, and you can split the cables as you like across these 2 channels. The lighting strips are also magnetic, and the magnets are easily strong enough to hold them to the top and sides of my (steel) S340.
The software is great once installed. As well as letting you control your lighting kit it can actually handle some overclocking features on your computer, which is nice to have in one place (although the options are in no way as in depth as dedicated OC software). If I have ONE complaint with the software, it's the weird way that it has to match channels. By that I mean if I have one channel containing 3 linked lighting strips, and one channel containing 1 lone strip, the first strip of the 3 strip channel will ALWAYS have to match the 1 strip channel, which is kind of irritating (especially when you have moving lights). I'd love the ability to unlink channels, for now you can't though.
Hardware wise the whole setup is sound enough. Now and then Windows will stop recognising the HUE+ controller but this is fixed easily enough by removing the USB and Power cables from the control unit and re-inserting them. The yellows on the LEDs are definitely more green than yellow, but this is true of almost every LED kit I've ever used. They aren't particularly bright either, but in my case at least they're as bright as I want them to be.
NZXT do seem to be constantly listening to suggestions and updating the software, one of the most requested items was the ability to turn off the white LED of the HUE+ control unit itself and that got added in a recent firmware update so who knows what's coming.
Basically, if you want to pimp your PC then this is utterly the best way to do it. Your machine will go from being a functional, fridge like device which gets kept under the desk, to being a beautiful display piece that you're proud to show off. It really does allow you to put a fully personal touch to the look of your PC build.