Unboxing and Overview- Lighting Node Pro
This will be fairly short given it is not the subject of the review necessarily.
Packaging is similar here, and perhaps even more colorful which is apt in this case. It certainly is detailed with RGB lighting demonstrated using the provided LED strips and colored illustrations. This too has seals at the top and bottom, and cutting them open helps loosen the box inside that reveals we were looking at a decorative sleeve all this time. The inner box immediately reveals the Lighting Node Pro at the bottom, in a plastic wrap, with the rest of the items in the compartment above.
Opening the flap, we see the power cable for the Lighting Node Pro which terminates in a full size SATA power connector. Around it, and wrapped in plastic, are the four addressable RGB LED strips with a male-female connector end so they can be daisychained for a total of ~165 cm. These have magnets to help connect with cases that are ferromagnetic (steel panel cases, for example), as well as 3M adhesive tape similar to what we saw before for other situations where you prefer a longer lasting application, or have a non-magnetic case.
This entire compartment can be taken out to reveal more items underneath, including a multi-language quick start guide (which you can download from here), a warranty policy specific to Australia as before, and then the final set of accessories in the three compartments underneath. Here we have a 37.5 cm long mini-USB to internal USB 2.0 header cable, two 48.5 cm long extension cables for the HD and SP RGB fans, and four 34.5 cm long RGB LED extension cables to use with the four strips if placed separately and away from each other.
The Lighting Node Pro is a really small controller measuring in at 5.5 x 3 x 1.2 cm, and has two LED channels. Each channel supports up to four of the addressable RGB LED strips or up to 6 HD/SP RGB fans via the fan LED hub (and extension cable). So you can control as many as 12 different HD140 RGB fans off a single Lighting Node Pro, for instance. There is a female mini-USB 2.0 connector on the back which uses the provided adapter cable, and thus you also need an available internal USB 2.0 header as well. The combination here to control even a single fan’s lighting involves even more cables, so be aware of this. The SATA connector on the Lighting Node Pro is to power the RGB LED strips, and so you will still need to connect the fan LED hub to a second SATA power connector.