NZXT Aer fans join the RGB LED whirlwind

— 2:50 PM on September 13, 2016

The RGB craze that's gripped the custom PC industry of late is unrelenting. NZXT is continuing the onslaught of bright colors with its new Aer RGB fans. These PWM fans come in 120-mm and 140-mm sizes, both of which include fluid-dynamic bearings. Of course, the headline feature is the fans' ability to synchronize their software-configurable RGB lighting using NZXT's own Hue+ controller. Each Aer RGB fan includes eight LEDs arrayed around its housing for maximum Technicolor enjoyment.

System builders can chain the Aer fans together to create fan groups and synchronize both lighting effects and fan behavior. Doing so will require installing NZXT's CAM software, although given that application's laundry list of features, it may be of interest even for those without any NZXT RGB equipment to configure. CAM offers some useful system- and performance-monitoring features regardless of whether one has NZXT hardware in a system.

As we noted, the Aer fans won't offer much of a light show unless they're connected to one of NZXT's Hue+ lighting controllers. Each fan controller can support forty LEDs per channel, which means four of NZXT's lightstrips or five Aer RGB fans on each of the controller's two channels. The Hue+ controller normally includes four lightstrips in its $60 price, but NZXT now offers a bundle with the Hue+ and two Aer RGB fans for $80. The fans themselves are $30 apiece. The Aer fans and bundles will arrive at the end of October.

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