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Oh the joys of crawling behind your computer trying to plug in your digital camera, USB memory key, camcorder or any of the multitudes of kit that connects to your PC. I hate it. I’m a big fan of front mounted case ports but for some reason these tend to be at floor level, which doesn’t really make them any easier to use. This is where the AllInOne multifunction panel from Akasa comes in, as it offer a wide range of connectivity options all stuffed into a 5.25in drive bay.
Let’s start with the basics, the AllInOne comes in four colours to match most cases, which are white, silver, black and for some reason red – what happened to computer beige? At first glance it looks like a pretty unremarkable piece of hardware as it has a big front flap and a small LCD display with four buttons below it. The LCD display is part of the integrated fan controller and allows you to adjust the speed of two fans, either manually or based on temperature.
The fans connect to a Y cable which in turn connects to one of the two three pin fan headers on the back of the AllInOne. The other end of the Y cable is connected to the motherboard header so you can still get fan speed readouts inside the BIOS or from a Windows based utility. Two captive wires can be routed to a suitable location inside the case and the supplied temperature sensors are then attached to provide you with temperature readouts on the display. The logic inside the AllInOne can then be used to adjust the fan speeds based on how hot it gets inside your case.