Lian Li has found a brand new frontier for LCD screens: $47 PC case followers

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Enlarge / The UNI FAN TL LCD collection places screens the place there have been no screens earlier than.

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If you happen to’re attempting so as to add lights to a PC case, you’ve got a number of choices: LED strips, CPU coolers with lights, case followers with lights, keyboards and mice with lights, motherboards with lights, GPUs with lights, sticks of RAM with lights, even faux sticks of RAM that go into your RAM slots in order that you do not have un-RGB-ed spots in your setup.

But when all of that is not sufficient for you, and you should take issues one step additional, Lian Li has a brand new product for you: case followers that embrace not simply RGB LEDs with two completely different lighting zones, however 1.6-inch LCD screens that may be programmed to indicate your PC’s stats or small looping photos and movies.

Followers within the UNI FAN TL LCD lineup can be found in 120 mm and 140 mm sizes, with black and white shade choices. The variations with screens value $47 for a 120 mm model and $52 for a 140 mm model, and TL followers with out screens go for $33 and $36, respectively. The followers must be linked to their very own devoted fan controller, which may drive as much as seven of the LCD-equipped followers at a time. The screens can then be custom-made by way of proprietary software program, as is sadly frequent for RGB lights and mini-screens.

One wrinkle for individuals who take pains to optimize their airflow: The LCD screens are solely seen on one facet of every fan. Usually, if you happen to needed to modify a fan from consumption to exhaust—that’s, blowing heat air out of the case as an alternative of bringing cool air in—you may simply flip it over. If you happen to try this to a TL LCD fan, you would be obscuring the screens. Lian Li sells devoted “Reverse” variations of every fan that blow air the opposite method; Lian Li says that mounting the LCD followers the fallacious method can injury the screens. The non-LCD variations can merely be flipped, like a daily case fan.

Different firms have performed with the concept of placing LCD screens on inside parts earlier than—a number of firms manufacture all-in-one CPU watercoolers that combine a customizable LCD display screen on the water block that is simply readable by an acrylic or glass facet panel. You too can typically discover air coolers with an LCD mounted on the heatsink someplace. However Lian Li’s followers are, so far as we are able to inform, the primary to mount LCD screens on the followers.

Do you really need this many little screens throughout your PC, displaying your parts’ inside temperatures and looping little snippets of video? No, in fact not. However packing RGB lighting and different customizable parts into your PC focuses extra on what can be carried out than what ought to be carried out.

The UNI FAN TL LCDs may be pre-ordered in one– or three-packs beginning immediately. The three-packs additionally embrace the fan controller, which is offered for $25 additional.

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