Vantec Nexus (NXP-101) Multi-function Panel ReviewFormer staff writer -
What You Get
In the box, was:
- 1x Nexus Multi-function Panel
- 1x User's Guide
- 3x Faceplates
- 3x Temp Sensors
- 2x CPU Fan Cables
- 1x Power Cable
- 1x USB 2.0 Cable
- 1x FireWire/1493 Cable
- 8x Allen Screws
- 4x Mounting Screws
- 1x Allen Wrench
- 3x Tape for Temp Sensor Mounting
For those of you who have used or are familiar with the Digital Doc 5, you'll be happy to know that the Nexus is not the mess of wires that the Digital Doc 5 is, and the reason for this is the Nexus only controls the CPU fan and monitors the temp for three devices. Since it takes care of far few devices, we have far fewer wires to tangle ourselves in. Here you can see the back of the nexus without any wires running from it, and compare it to what it looks like with everything connected.
The Nexus is comprised of 4 total PCB. The two larger PCBs control the LCD, sensors, fan control, and power the unit. The two smaller PCBs are used for the USB and FireWire headers, these two will connect via a special cable to one of your existing USB and FireWire ports. Yes, you will have to already have existing ports to make use of the Nexus' USB and FireWire ports.
The image below allows you to see how everything is put together inside a little bit better.
The three faceplates included remind me of the latest Macintosh Computers. You can also use the Nexus without a faceplate, giving you a fourth style, which looks pretty good with a Lian Li or other Aluminum case. Here you have the blue, green, and purple faceplates, as well as the nexus without a faceplate.