Fractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller Review

Testing


This section is going to be much shorter than most of our testing sections, because Fractal's Adjust 108 just kinda does what it's supposed to.  No fuss, it's got a sleek appearance, and will allow smooth and simple adjustment of up to 6 fans.  It gives the feeling of an equalizer and the scooped sliders allow you to use a single finger to adjust the three sliders on either side quickly and easily.

 

And while the Adjust 108 lacks some of the other features it could have like RPM pass-through and beeps to warn you if a fan isn't spinning, keep in mind that it's one of the least expensive fan controllers worth owning, and that's also with the premium brushed aluminum aesthetic on the front face.  Fractal kept the Adjust 108 simple, affordable, and functional, and it really benefits from that approach in every way.

 

Final Thoughts


Overall, we really like the simple design and aesthetic Fractal has chosen for the Adjust 108.  It might well be one of the best-looking fan controllers you can pick up today, especially if you're not fond of chunky knobs or inconsistent touch-based adjustments.  It's also one of a very select few fan controllers that will match well with the slew of sleek new cases that are targeted at the builders who've graduated from the futuristic / alien "gamer" styled cases to something more refined and elegant like Fractal has found great success with over the years. 

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And to re-iterate for those who may have skimmed over it, the Adjust 108 is one of the least expensive fan controllers you can buy.  Note my careful attention to not describe it as one of the "cheapest," because that might insinuate lack of quality.  The build is rock solid, and, yes, the front is actually made of a slab of brushed aluminum. 

 

If you're in need of a fan controller, for $30 there are few other options worth considering that are any cheaper and the next "step" up puts you at $40+.  The NZXT Sentry Mesh is the closest competitor at about $24.99, but yet it lacks the overall refinement of the Adjust 108 and has a mesh front face (which may match many cases better).  For a dead simple and elegant fan control solution with plenty of power on each channel (36W per channel), it's hard to go wrong with the Adjust 108 by Fractal Design, and the $30 price tag makes it pretty light on the wallet as well.

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • Great looks / clean aesthetic
  • Aluminum front panel
  • Solid construction
  • Removable cables
  • Subtle / adjustable LEDs
  • Great value
  • Will clear doors
  • Lacks undervoltage detection for minimum fan startup voltage

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