The contents did appear to be pretty simple, with not too many parts.
The install of the Sentry LXE was pretty easy in of itself, with the Sentry LXE card being installed at the back of the case in a peripheral slot, (NOTE: even though the Sentry LXE takes up a peripheral slot on a case, the card does not plug into the motherboard). Mounting the five temperature sensors did make a mess of cable management since the sensor cables and the five fan controller cables all come from the same card and are at the middle of the case. This was the same issue with the five power cables from the case fans. The display which ends up sitting on your desk was the simplest to connect and had a very clean look as it consists of one cable from the display to the external side of the Sentry LXE card. Thinking through how else this could be done would require the card to be a box which could be hidden somewhere else within the case and the cables being long enough to route around the back of the motherboard and wrap around the edges to the CPU, South Bridge, RAM and same for the case fans. If you are not concerned about the cable management of inside of your case, the cables of the Sentry LXE are small/thin enough to not contribute to air flow restriction or obstruction.
Sentry LXE card to show off the number of wire leads to fans and temp sensors
From this angle you can see the Sentry LXE card does not plug into the motherboard.
The display of the Sentry LXE is something of a piece of art. The black aluminum finish is a very clean look which leads one to think it is a digital picture frame when powered off. The display consists of the five temperature readouts, complimented by present temperature of the each prob. The display is touch screen, but is a static style display with only select areas that are touch-sensitive. The display has an auto and manual setting where the user can set the probe temperature limits which when set at auto, the Sentry LXE will auto throttle the corresponding fan to bring the temperature down to the setting you specified. The manual setting allows the user to set the fan RPM. The display also has an audible alarm which will sound if a predetermined temperature is exceeded. The Automatic features and alarm settings does require a battery to be installed into the Sentry LXE card (CR2032) which was not included in our review sample.
Front of the Sentry LXE display
Back of the Sentry LXE display single plug connection.
Display powered up and three fans and probes connected the display is a real eye catcher
Touch display is touchscreen, and very easy to use.
Video as posted on NZXT’s Website showing the Sentry LXE in action.