The InWin Ego Fan: The Ultimate RGB LED Fanby Ian Cutress on June 20, 2018 1:00 PM EST
If you are not completely frustrated by RGB LED components by now, this might put you over the top. The Ego fan from InWin is designed to be the ultimate RGB LED fan by using a silicone diffuser around the edges of the fan to give a software and cleaner LED experience.
This silicone diffuser also allows InWin to place more RGB LEDs inside without overpowering the emitted light, but also contributes to the cleaner look. I’m not one for RGB for the sake of RGB, however these fans have one of the best implementations of RGB I’ve seen on any PC component so far (the G.Skill Royal DRAM is pretty good too).
Because of having more LEDs (12 outside, 4 inside) than a standard fan, and the fact that the fans can be daisy chained for better control, when using an all-white color, the power draw can result in a brightness decrease over the length of the daisy chain – in order to combat this InWin also supplies power strips that ensure power is distributed evenly across each fan. With these strips, InWin daisy chained what look like a couple of hundred fans together in the display.
A kit of three fans is set to cost around $150, and comes with a controller box and software to manage the LEDs. InWin is also looking into a remote control for the setup. All this means that individual fans might come in around $50, which is a lot for a fan. It all depends how much a user or SI wants to implement a unified diffuse LED arrangement.
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The Chill Blueberry - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - linkCan't wait for the ultimate form: a case built in ARGB diffusers. One big block of luminous pride.
close - Monday, June 25, 2018 - linkHuh... As long as the fan blades and casing are still just meager plastic we haven't reached "ultimate" status by far. It has to be all-LED. LED fan blades, LED casing, and they should really look into making LED motors, and LED bearings. Otherwise it's just lazy and half-assed.
knightspawn1138 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - linkI forsee a dark future where these fans join the other useless additions to the IoT family. "Alexa, set my case fans to #3F22AC at full brightness!" "Alexa, I'm blind now. Call an ambulance."
SuperiorSpecimen - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - linkI lol'd
Dragonstongue - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - linkAH HAHA
DigitalFreak - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - linkPerfect name for the product.
sandtitz - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - linkNeeds more cowbell.
mischlep - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link"by using a silicone diffuser around the edges of the fan to give a software and cleaner LED experience."
To give a what?
BurntMyBacon - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - linkSilicon has been used for decades as the hardware of choice to give software experiences. What's the problem? (o_O)
close - Monday, June 25, 2018 - linkAnd it makes for a fan that has to sleep silicon side up for the rest of its life. Plus you have to be careful squeezing it. More hassle than it's worth. I'd much rather go for a naturally "clean LED experience" fan than these silicon enhanced ones.
Oh wait, it said silicone... Scratch that.