The unit itself is extremely simple. The unit is a small white oval with a LCD screen on the front. The whole thing is made of plastic material. On the side of the unit, there is a 4-pin connector where the probes attach. On the back is the pre-attached Velcro pad and a small red button for switching between Fahrenheit and Celsius. The LCD screen is divided into two sections. The top half displays data for probe T1 and the bottom half displays data for probe T2. The white button on the right simply turns on the backlight. The included probes were long black wires that split into two ends. They were sufficiently long for most purposes.
There was no installation necessary. The only preparations that had to be attended to was removal of the plastic insulator that kept the unit from staying on during the shipping process. We decided to keep the unit as a portable, standalone thermometer rather than attach it to the computer case. If we were to install it on the case however, we would simply have to peel off the paper backing on the adhesive and stick it onto the case or mounting surface.
The ThermoEye seemed to be accurate and provided fast temperature readings for whatever we attached it to (such as heatsinks, RAM, hard drives, etc). We compared it against the Antec P160’s probes and the numbers always came out around the same range (+/- 1.0 °C). The red button on the back allowed us to change the temperature units from Celsius to Fahrenheit and vice versa. The ThermoEye also responded pretty quickly to any temperature changes. It took about 1 second or so for the unit to update after the conditions had changed. There was, however one thing that bothered us: the backlight. The annoying thing about the backlight was that it couldn’t be turned off. You have to wait for it to turn off automatically after about 15-20 seconds.
The Jetart ThermoEye is a pretty simple device that measures temperatures with two probes and it lacks any advanced functionality. However, it does do its job and does it well, so we have only a few complaints about it. Firstly we would have preferred that the white button was a backlight toggle button instead of a timed activation button. In addition, it would have been really nice to have a way to turn the unit off, because it’s not necessary to have it running 24/7. All things considered, this is a very handy device to have around and could help detect potentially dangerous conditions such as improperly installed heatsinks or malfunctioning cooling equipment.
· Fast, accurate readings
· High quality construction
· Backlight for dark environments
· Only has one function
· Backlight does not turn off when user wants
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Phoronix Product Rating: 7 / 10