Scythe Kazemaster Flat Review
Having looked at quite a few fan controllers over the years, and no less than 3 units from Scythe in more recent times we're in quite a good position to give the lowdown on the Kazemaster Flat.
Fitting the unit is a simple or as complicated as many of the units out there. Not having all the cables pre-attached at the controller end does make the job a little easier as you needn't necessarily attach unwanted cables and as such can limit the amount of resultant cable management. Compared to some on the market, and indeed some of Scythe's own products, the unit offers quite simple control-ability with just 4 channels and the ability to increase or decrease the fan speed, turn the display off or mute the alarm. There's no facility here for setting temperature thresholds or having fan speeds automatically increase or decrease dependant on temps, but then, that's not necessarily what everyone wants and neither is the unit alone in the market place with regards to the level of functionality it offers. By keeping some of the controls hidden at the rear of the unit and accessed via jumpers Scythe are able to keep the front fascia uncluttered. Ok so you can't flick at whim between Celsius and Fahrenheit without accessing the jumpers on the rear, but is this really a problem?
Build quality is good although in these days of soft touch plastics the finish does perhaps come accross as a little less luxurious than other controllers out there. The display is simple and for the greater part easy to read although we did experience some light bleed ing issues these were by no means serious. It's with the flip down fascia in the closed position that the Kazemaster Flat really comes into it's own. With all the controlls hidden behind the smoked perspex panel the unit really does look the Dogs Danglies, adding an air of class to any case you care to fit it in, and of course with it's low profile design mitigating any clearance issues you're not going to have to worry about whether it will fit behind a case front door.
At £30 the Kazemaster Flat plonks itself right in the middle of the most competitive area of the fan controller market, and although it could be said that there are better controllers for the money, it should perhaps rather be said that there are simply alternatives for the money. With each of the units in the £30 price range offering a mix of subtly differing features the consumer simply chooses the feature set that best suites them. The Scythe unit may lack some features when measured against others, but makes up for it in the other areas we have already discussed.
If you want a sleek looking fan controller that will hide itself so effectively on your case front you'd be hard pushed to know it was there, or want something sleek that will fit behind your case door "no questions asked" then the Kazemaster Flat fits the bill just fine.