Scythe Kama Meter Fan Controller & Thermometer Review

Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Date: December 9th, 2009
Rating: 9.7 out of 10
Provided by: Scythe

Only the nerdiest among us use fan speed controllers and temperature probes, right? Well, that’s what I used to think – not anymore. I never tested out a multi-function controller that fits in the 5.25″ bay because, well, I never really cared. If I wanted my case to be quiet, I’d put quiet fans in, and if I didn’t care, I’d throw in the most powerful fans I’ve got. As for temperature monitoring, I never really felt the need beyond using a regular thermal probe for testing purposes. To control my audio, I didn’t need a knob on the front of my case, ’cause I could just turn it down at the source, my powered speakers. However, my ideals have changed now, thanks to the Scythe Kama Meter. No, this has nothing to do with Kama Sutra.. get your mind out of the gutter! Honestly, I don’t have a clue why it’s called the “Kama Meter,” but I do know what “Kama” means, beyond the Hindu God of Love, that is.

Specifications and Features:

Dimensions: 149x42x75mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 320g

4 Fan Controller, 4 Temperature Monitor, and Sound Controller
Kama Meter is able to control and monitor up to 4 fans independently, 4 temperatures to meet user’s system requirement. The sound controller & display is also build-in to connect and play with your sound system.

Passive Safety – Safe Alarm Feature
To safely monitor and run your system, Kama Meter comes with the alarm feature to inform the user in case of fan malfunction. If the temperature goes below 0 degC(32 degF) or above 90 degC(194 degF), the LCD panel will blink in red and trigger the alarm. If the controlled fan speed becomes below 400 RPM, the LCD panel will blink in yellow and trigger the alarm.

Intelligent Self-Test & Storage
Kama Meter keeps the settings saved by the user in its memory, and also provides the self-testing every time you start the PC.

Selection of 3 Front Panel Colors
Selection of black, silver, and white front panel to match with your case color!

A “Kama” is a weapon. A weapon that, I believe, specifically evolved from the “scythe,” a tool used to cut weeds – you’re probably most accustomed to seeing a scythe in the hands of the Grim Reaper, for example. I guess they’re just doing a sort of play on words, since their company’s name is Scythe, but that still doesn’t explain why it’s called a “Kama Meter.” I don’t care what it’s called though, ’cause it doesn’t matter. All that matters to me is that it looks pretty, functions, and functions well. We’ll soon see how well it covers each of my requirements. First comes the somewhat tedious installation.

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