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Sunbeamtech Chameleon Lighting Controller - Page 1 of 1
Posted: February 18, 2005
Author: Spire
Manufacturer: Sunbeamtech
Source: Sunbeamtech
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Sunbeamtech makes a large number of products geared toward making your PC better, more personalized. They have created some products that you will not find anyone else making. One of those items is the Chameleon Lighting Controller.


The Chameleon is a dedicated lighting controller that is a bit different as it controls 4 laser beam LED “pods”. Each of these pods contains 3 ultra bright LEDs in blue, green, and red behind a focusing lens, each of which includes a triangle shaped Velcro sticky pad for convenient mounting.

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Each knob on the controller will control the color that the 4 pods emit. The colors can be mixed to create many effects that would be difficult if not impossible with any other type of controller. First lets take a look at each of the colors by themselves. These pictures were taken in a dark room with no flash.

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The green and blue are very bright, while on the other hand, the red is about half as bright.

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With all three knobs turned all the way up, an almost white light is created.

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Mixing it up a bit, you can create many different colors. There are a limitless number of colors that can be created by adjusting the intensity of the three colors. Full red and half blue makes a vibrant purple, and green and red make amber. (Blue and Green tend to make the white light noted above).

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The controller itself mounts in a 5 ¼” drive bay and plugs into an available Molex connector. The connector only uses the 12V portion of the Molex and leaves your 5V line alone. The Molex connector isn’t a pass through connector so you will lose the use of that one. The finish on the controller is a brushed aluminum and looks to be well made. The LEDs in the controller themselves are incredibly bright and are at full power all the time, they do not vary with the pod settings. I could not get a picture directly in front of the controller; the shot would wash out with red, green and blue blobs.

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A shot of the back of the controller shows each pod plugs in individually. There is a power switch on the right hand side, which is a nice feature considering how bright the front LEDs are. Another nice feature I didn’t consider until I actually had them installed in a case was the fact that when they are not lit, they all but disappear. This is due to the fact that the pods are clear. If they had been made out of any other color, they would stick out like a sore thumb.

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Conclusion:

The Sunbeamtech Chameleon Lighting Controller does exactly what it is advertised to do. The colors are not washed out. The red is not pink and the blue is not white like some cold cathode tubes I have seen. The red LEDs seem to be about half the intensity of the other two colors, but still a deep dark color. The pods tend to act like spotlights as opposed to floodlights; the light will focus at a single point not light up an entire area.

I was able to locate a few places selling the Sunbeamtech Chameleon including Case Cooler who lists it at $19.95, Performance PCs for $22.95, and Frozen CPU for $22.99.

I give the Sunbeamtech Chameleon 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Final Rating (4.5 out of 5 stars):


Pros:

• No other product quite like it
• Bright, vibrant colors
• Clear pods disappear when off
• On/off switch

Cons:

• Red LEDs aren’t quite as bright

Special thanks to Sunbeamtech for providing the Chameleon Lighting Controller to BigBruin.com for review!

Please drop by the BigBruin.Com Forum and feel free to discuss this review.

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