NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2 Fans Review: Page 8 of 9

Posted by James Keir on Monday, November 12, 2018 - 8:00am

Software

Now that we have installed all of the HUE 2 hardware it’s time to configure it with NZXT’s CAM software. The software itself does a lot more then manage your HUE 2 devices.  It also allows you to monitor your system/game performance and the ability to overclock your GPU. For this review we will focus on the lighting configuration tab.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

When first clicking the “Lighting” tab, it’s nice to see that the software detected all my HUE 2 devices. As you can see, I have 1 LED strip install in channel 1, 3 x AER RGB 2 fans on channel 2, and 3 more LED strips on channel 3.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

To start configuring each channel, just select the channels you wish to configure in the left-hand column. Once selected, the right column will then appear with all the preconfigured profiles on the Preset tab. There are currently 14 presets you can choose from and each has a different light effect. Here is a general breakdown of the effects:

  • Fixed – Solid color
  • Breathing – Colors fading in and out
  • Fading – Fades colors in and out and blending them during the transition
  • Marquee – LED chases around attached LED strips
  • Covering Marquee – Like Marquee but the LED stays on when the color moves to the next LED
  • Pulse – Pulse the selected color
  • Spectrum Wave – RBG Wave going through all colors
  • Alternating – Alternates colors each LED between 2 colors
  • Wings – 2 chasing LED’s going in opposite directions and bounce off each other.
  • Starry Night – Randomly fading in/out LEDs from a base color
  • Rainbow Flow – Rainbow effect moving through the LEDs
  • Super Rainbow – Rainbow effect that nicely blends through the LEDs
  • Rainbow Pulse – Rainbow strobing like effect
  • Candle Light – Add a flame effect to the LEDs
  • Wings – 2 chasing LED’s going in opposite directions and bounce off each other.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Many of the presets have custom configuration attributes that include:

  • One or more color choices
  • Speed – Slowest, Slow, Normal, Fast, Fastest
  • Direction – Left, Right, Forward, Backwards
  • Number of LEDs – Used only in Marquee

The “Fading” effect enables you to add one or more color choice and also change the speed of the fading.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

If you wish to shut off a channel, you can by using the toggle next to the channel name. As you can see, we decided to turn off our AER RGB 2 fans. No worries! We quickly turned them back on after screenshotting that photo.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Moving to the “Smart” tab you can configure your LEDs to change color based on your GPU/CPU temperature or the FPS in a given game.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

On the custom tab, you can select one of three presets that include Fixed, Fading and Wave. Once selected you can configure individual LEDs by selecting them in the left column and then apply a color to it using the right column.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

The “Audio” tab allows you to have your HUE 2 lighting change based on sounds. You can configure it to react to the Level, Sync, Bass or Gain.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

On the last tab, “Game”, you can have HUE 2 react based on the game you are playing. When enabled, it will automatically change the profiles on channels while the game is running. The only game that currently has a lighting profile is CS: GO.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

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