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Bitfenix Hydra Pro

We have looked at the BitFenix’s Recon fan controller earlier this week and really liked what it had to offer. Having the ability to your system from afar is a good idea if you tend to run it while away. But if you don’t need such a feature and want something a little less complex while the BitFenix Hydra Pro may be up your alley. Simple slider switches allows you to control fans on five different channels.

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We have looked at the BitFenix’s Recon fan controller earlier this week and really liked what it had to offer. Having the ability to your system from afar is a good idea if you tend to run it while away. But if you don’t need such a feature and want something a little less complex while the BitFenix Hydra Pro may be up your alley. Simple slider switches allows you to control fans on five different channels.

Introduction to the Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller

We have looked at the BitFenix’s Recon fan controller earlier this week and really liked what it had to offer. Having the ability to your system from afar is a good idea if you tend to run it while away. But if you don’t need such a feature and want something a little less complex while the BitFenix Hydra Pro may be up your alley. Simple slider switches allows you to control fans on five different channels.

Bitfenix’s take on the Hydra Pro

Control your fans and lights simultaneously with Hydra Pro™ Fan/LED Controller, the latest innovation from BitFenix. Hydra Pro puts you in control with five separate 30W channels, enough to power every fan inside your case and then some. When coupled with Spectre LED and Spectre Pro LED fans, Hydra Pro gives you unparalleled convenience for turning your fan LEDs both on and off with the push of a button! With its luxurious SofTouch™ bezel, white LED power indicator and handsome gun metal low profile sliders, Hydra Pro makes a handsome and useful addition to any system.

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Specifications

Materials

Steel, Plastic

Dimensions (WxHxD)

147 x 43 x 67mm

Form Factor

5.25″ Drive Bay

Channels

x 5

Watts Per Channel

30W

Fan LED Connectors

x 5 (compatible with BitFenix Spectre LED/Spectre Pro LED fans)

Power Input

4-Pin Molex

Extras

SofTouch™ surface treatment, LED power indicator

Hydra™ Pro Fan Controller

BFA-HDR-KSPRO-RP

Features

Five Channel Fan Control
Sporting five fan channels with independent slider controls, Hydra Pro gives you the flexibility to control every fan in your system from the convenience of your case’s front panel.

Up to 30W Per Channel
Hydra Pro delivers up to 30W of power per channel – enough power to chain several fans together, or power a water cooling loop!

BitFenix Spectre™/Spectre Pro™ LED Light Control
When coupled with BitFenix Spectre LED or Spectre Pro LED fans, Hydra Pro allows you to control your fans’ LEDs with a single button push. What could be simpler?

BitFenix SofTouch™ Bezel
Coated in signature BitFenix SofTouch™ surface treatment, Hydra Pro makes a handsome and useful addition to any chassis.

Low Profile Sliders
The low profile, gun-metal accented sliders of Hydra Pro not only look great, but enhance compatibility with door-equipped cases while maintaining complete ease-of-use.

Fits any 5.25″ Drive Bay
Hydra Pro comes in a universal 5.25″ drive bay form factor, making it compatible with virtually any chassis with a free 5.25″ bay.

Closer look

The Hydra Pro from BitFenix is a much simpler device than the Recon we reviewed earlier this week. No LED lighting, no internet connection and no apps to download. Just simple slider switches to adjust the levels of voltage going to five different channels which can support up to 30 watts each.

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The Hydra Pro is meant to be placed into an empty 5.25” optical drive bay.

The Hydra Pro contains the same SofTouch surface that most BitFenix products have. The soft rubber texture is soft to the touch and resist the scratching and bruising that other surface suffer from.

Besides the five individual sliders there is a single button on the right that will allow the user to turn off and on the LED lighting of Spectre and Spectre Pro fans.

Here we have a shot of the rear of the Hydra Pro. Along the top of the PCB are the connections for the fans and fans that allow for separate controls of its LEDs. More to the right is the plug-ins for the five thermal probes of the Hydra Pro and finally a 4-pin Molex is used to power the unit.

The cabling is quite long should be no big for the taller full-sized towers.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a simple for very functional fan controller while the Hydra Pro needs to be on your shopping list. Many of us love the complexity of some devices including fan controllers, but there is a lot of people that like to keep things neat and simplistic, this is where the Hydra Pro comes in.  A total of 30 watts on each of the five channels should be plenty for someone running a decent amount of fans. And if their LED can be controlled as well that is an added plus as the Hydra Pro can shut them off with a flick of a button.

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At $35, the Hydra Pro won’t empty the bank account.

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