Remote controlled fans have basically been around for years by proxy thanks to wireless fan controllers, but no-one’s actually made the fan itself interface with a remote control wirelessly. Whether that be from complexity, price, or the technology just not being small enough at the time, it seems that no-one’s really thought to do this before. In Win, Taiwan’s craziest case manufacturer by far, has now just announced the Aurora, a RGB LED fan that has a wireless controller and a remote. The funny thing about this is that it’s actually quite sensible, and well outside the normal expected zany product design from In Win.
The Aurora fans are 120mm in diameter, and larger versions are planned at some point if the idea takes off among consumers. The claimed rotational speeds are 800 RPM to 1400 RPM in pulse-width modulation (PWM) mode, while a 2000 RPM setting is available if you want your computer to sound like it’s ready to beat SpaceX to Mars. It’s whisper quiet, at a claimed 23.7 dBA, and has two PWM connectors for either plugging into a power source on its own, or working in a daisy chain with other fans connected to your computer.
The shipping remote is quite basic, offering buttons to control the lighting of the fans as well as their rotational speed. There’s options to lock in a specific setting lest you leave your PC alone and some uncultured miscreant comes and sets the fan speed super-low, and there’s even an option to turn the fan off as well. The nice part is that In Win will be selling kits with just the fan and controller, or the fans on their own. Once you hook up more fans in your system, simply pointing your remote at them and pressing the button will register them with the remote, allowing you to control them all at the same time.
The connectors that the fans use is interesting, being an 8-pin PEG power connector that commonly goes into a graphics card. The high amperage is what allows daisy chaining to be a thing here, and it means that you’re not losing a SATA or Molex connector to running a mere fan. Perhaps this will spur more component manufacturers to drop the Molex standard and move to a PEG connector like this one, because it’s the most terrible, hack-ish, unreliable connector on the planet.
I’m not sure what the limit is on the amount of fans you can control – In Win themselves probably haven’t tried anything crazy, like a hundred of them together – but it’s super cool nonetheless. If you’re considering a chassis that doesn’t have a DVD drive bay for the fan controller, and you don’t know how you’re going to manage them when your PC is sitting inside its little hidey-hold in your desk, this fan might just do the trick.