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  Product:     Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel  
  Price:     $43 (CAN) / $35 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Sunbeam Technology
  Author:     Mars
  Date:     June 13th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Kevin from Sunbeam Technology for sending the Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel for review.

Sunbeam Technology


With a vast selection of front panels available on the market today, it can be difficult choosing the one that best suits a variety of needs. There are individual front panels for fan control, thermal monitoring, digital camera card readers, and front input/output panels for audio, video, and USB. In the past you had to purchase and install a couple of front panels to do some of the more common tasks computer users need today. Thanks to Sunbeam’s 20-in-1 Superior Panel, those days are gone. It’s a card reader, fan controller, thermal monitor, and provides input/output connectivity of audio, video, USB, Firewire, and Serial ATA (SATA), all in a single 5.25" space. Today at MTB we take a closer look at this little marvel.


The 20-in-1 Superior Panel is just one of many from the lineup of quality front panels that Sunbeam has to offer. This panel offers a host of features, and options. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Sunbeam Technology website:

Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel - Key Features:
Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel: Manufactured by Sunbeam Technology
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports)
All 4 memory-slots are active which enable user to transfer data between the different memory cards in the different slots
Supports CF type I/II, Micro drive, MS, MS PRO, MS DUO PRO, MS DUO, SD, MMC, SM, up to 480Mbits/sec transfering speed
Plug & Play and Hot Swapping
LED Indication for Power & Access
I/O Port Features: USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394 x 1, Audio (line-out, line-in, Mic), Video Out x 1,SATA x 2
3-pin Fan Connectors: 2
LCD Display dimensions: 28mm x 11mm
Colour: Black or Silver
Sensor Temp Range 0 ~ 90 °C / 0 ~ 194 °F
Fan RPM Range 1000 ~ 9000 RPM
Supports Windows 98/98SE/2000/XP and Mac OS 9.x/Mac OS

Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel - Fan Controller Features:
LCD display for temperature & RPM speed information
2-channel Fan RPM control and 2 temperature monitor
Overheat alarm
Fan failure alarm
Input 12V±10%, output 4-12V±10%, (max output 10 Watt each channel)
Temperature unit setting for “°C” or “°F”
Support the M/B detection: external signal wire
Anodized metallic appearance coating. Highly reflective polished mirror look.
Includes 4 Bright LED lights
3 to 4pin Adapter to connect to power supply
Low noise - ultra quiet!

Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel
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Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel
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The Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel comes in an attractive well laid out retail box. The pictures and text printed on the box provide a good description of what’s inside and its functions.

Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel
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Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel
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The inner packaging is made from a strong durable plastic similar to that used for packaging hard drives. One section contains the panel, and the other section holds all of the accessories. My sample’s outer box had a crumpled corner, but the inner packaging was unaffected, this is good for online purchases that involve shipping.

Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel
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Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel
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Sunbeam has included all the cables, mounting screws, labels, PCI pass through plate, jumpers, zip ties, driver disk, and a well laid out, easy to follow instruction manual, to get your panel up and running.

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