This is part two of the Sunbeam modding accessories review. Continuing from
part one, we take a look
at some more products that Sunbeam have to offer and hopefully give some inspiration
for any modding projects you have in mind.
The Sunbeam Light Bus is rather versatile, as it can control various devices
such as fans, cold cathodes and LEDs. Sunbeam claims that a total of 627 effects
are possible with the Light Bus. Since we do not consider OFF to be an 'effect'
in itself, this number is actually 258 - which still isn't bad.
The Light Bus is mounted in a free 5.25" bay. The front finish is an acceptable standard, with brushed aluminum covered by a clear acrylic plate, which will complement the style of many silver cases. The only drawback here are the flimsy and wriggly buttons that give the impression of a cheap product.
On the front there are controls for four different channels, plus a sound control
knob and two buttons. Each channel has a knob for voltage control, meaning you
can adjust fan speed or light intensity easily. Each of the channel knobs are
surrounded by four buttons. These are: HDD, ON, SOUND and ST. ON is pretty much
self-explanatory, although it also toggles off of course. HDD
will make the lights flash along with hard drive activity, and ST will make
the lights fade in and out continually. The SOUND button makes the lights respond
to the sound signals from your sound card if connected properly. The extra knob
seen to the far right adjusts the sound sensitivity. The two buttons above this
knob are programmed to different rotation effects between the four channels.
Connecting fans or lights on the back is a snap. Each channel has a single
3-pin connector, and there are connectors for audio and hdd indication. Simply
plug in the devices you want to add; connect a standard molex for power supply
and you are all set.
The Light Bus is a nice, stylish solution overall. There are better quality
alternatives available, but often these are found in a higher price segment.
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