Antec Accent Lighting USB-Powered LED Strip Review

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One of the easiest ways to highlight a meticulous build is to bathe your components in the soft glow of some LED accents. Antec has aswered the call for such an accessory with its USB-Powered LED Accent Lighting Strips. Equipped with high-quality 3M adhesive and over 4 feet of cable, these strips can be placed virtually anywhere in your chassis or around your desk. A power on/off toggle means that you can transform your rig's appearance from that of a reserved workstation to an unrestrained digital war machine at the flick of a switch. 

Overview


Show off your PC in a new light with the Antec Advance Accent Lighting USB-Powered 6 LED Strip. Easy to install and turn on, simply attach the LED strip onto the electronic device you desire, insert the USB plug into an available USB port or powered USB hub and then turn it on with its convenient on / off switch. Add in the one-year warranty on parts and labor as a guarantee you won't be left in the dark. Available in either red or blue, let the Antec Advance Accent Lighting USB-Powered 6 LED strip give your components, desk, or even monitor a healthy glow today!

 

Features

  • Requirements:

           1 x 2.0 USB Port / 3.0 USB Port

  • Certifications/Safety:

           CE, RoHS

  • Unit Dimensions:

          USB connector to base of light strip cable length: 51" / 1300 mm

  • 6 LED length:

          14.5" / 370 mm

  • Net Weight:

          1 oz / 28.3 g

  • Gross Weight:

          2 oz / 56.6 g

  • Features:

          Convenient on / off switch activates / deactivates light 

          Antec Quality 1 year parts and labor warranty

*Product information and specs courtesy of Antec*

 


Impressions

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A closeup shot of the surface of this LED strip reveals a glossy black body that is rounded and covered in a clear coat. The LEDs themselves are paired up at regular intervals along the length of the strip. The power on/off toggle is easily thumbable without being too bulky and the USB cable appears to be very sturdy. 

Having 51 inches of cable at your disposal means that you can route these LED light strips just about anywhere, even to far away peripherals such as a monitor or keyboard. The LEDs are very intense and cast a nice glow across surfaces within 1 foot of where they are mounted. Tight spaces are another story. I tested these lights within the dark interior of a Cooler Master HAF XM and found the results to be somewhat disappointing. While the LEDs certainly catch your attention when the side panels are off, the light they emit is barely perceptible when everything is closed up, unless they are mounted to shine outward. Only after I applied the strips to the side of the machine's graphics card could I really notice an intense glow behind the side panel grille. The 3M adhesive backing seems like it should retain its hold after several applications to different surfaces. The light strip itself is very durable and doesn't betray any signs of being prone to crimping or tearing. There are several clearly labeled cutting points where one can reduce the length of the light strip (and consequently the number of usable LEDs) to fit into tight spaces. The glossy black appearance blends nicely within black enclosures, and it would be nice if Antec offered a glossy white variant to match the latest crop of white chassis and peripherals. Having a power on/off switch makes it convenient to keep a low profile when added distractions are unwelcome. 


Final Thoughts

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We certainly had a fun time testing the various uses for Antec's LED Accent Strips. Although their performance inside an enclosure was underwhelming, their ability to cast a warm glow on nearby surfaces was very impressive! Having 51" of cable to work with should afford users plenty of options for mounting these eye-catching accessories around workstations of all shapes and sizes. Our only wish is that Antec would start offering a more diverse color palette rather than generic red and blue. Green, orange, and even white could look equally great and afford users more options for applying a color theme to their systems. 

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • High intensity LEDs cast a great glow across surfaces within 1 ft. 
  • Long cables give you freedom to rig these up practically anywhere on your desk
  • Quality adhesive and durable construction for regular use and relocation
  • Less than stellar performance inside of enclosures
  • Could use a more diverse color palette

 

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# Jasper John Cecilio 2012-08-05 22:28
I would love to use this on my BenQ RL2450H LED Gaming Monitor.Thanks for the opportunity Tech Kings!