Everything You Need to Know about NZXT’s New HUE 2 RGB Lighting Ecosystem

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The HUE+ RGB lighting controller is one of NZXT’s most popular products. It’s widely recognized as one of the best pieces of hardware to light up your PC and builders from all over the world have praised this product for its unique features. Many HUE+ users have also provided NZXT with feedback on what they want to see this product do next and we’re happy to announce that we brought many of those ideas to reality with our new HUE 2 RGB lighting ecosystem.

Consisting of 10 new products, including the four-channel HUE 2 RGB controller and the external HUE 2 ambient light controller, along with several new accessories, the new HUE 2 ecosystem provides PC builders more options for customizing their systems.

Here’s everything you need to know about NZXT’s new HUE 2 RGB lighting ecosystem:

HUE 2 RGB Lighting Controller

The HUE 2 RGB lighting controller is the direct successor to HUE+ and improves upon the original design in many ways. Not only is HUE 2 smaller than HUE+, but it’s also easier to install and provides more mounting options thanks to the addition of magnets. We’ve also doubled the amount of output channels from 2 to 4 along with making it possible to mix-and-match LED strips and Aer RGB fans on the same channels.

HUE 2 not only looks and performs better, it’s also easier to install!

Key features:

  • 4 independent channels supporting up to 40 LEDs and 6 accessories per channel
  • Ability to mix and match lighting accessories in each channel based on your needs
  • Faster, smarter, and better synchronization across other lighting accessories

HUE 2 LED Strips

The HUE 2 LED strips contain the same amount of LEDs (10) as HUE+. However, this new LED strip microprocessor offers an instantaneous response time and the synchronization across other accessories has also been vastly improved. And because HUE 2 channels have been doubled, you’re now able to have a maximum of 160 individually-addressable LEDs inside your PC compared to the 80 (40 per channel) allowed by HUE+.

HUE 2 LED strips respond instantly and sync across your other accessories.

Key features:

  • Instantaneous response time and lighting synchronization across accessories
  • Numerous presets, smart, audio, gaming and custom modes
  • Includes 10 individually-addressable RGB LEDs per strip with magnetic and double-sided tape installation options

HUE 2 Aer RGB 2 Fans

Besides LED strips, Aer RGB 2 fans are the best way to add lighting to your PC. The new design includes over 20 lighting modes while keeping noise levels to a minimum (23-33 dBA). Aer RGB 2 also integrates seamlessly with other HUE 2 accessories and it’s now possible to mix fans and strips on the same lighting channel unlike before with HUE+.

Aer RGB 2 fans integrate seamlessly with the entire HUE 2 ecosystem.

Key features:

  • Instantaneous response time and lighting synchronization across accessories
  • Delivers optimal airflow while providing advanced lighting customization
  • Includes 8 total RGB LEDs and 20+ lighting modes

HUE 2 Underglow

The HUE 2 Underglow accessory allows you to add gorgeous underglow lighting to nearly any PC case. The specially-designed kit uses double-sided foam tape to simplify installation and also provides a PCI-e bracket for elegant cable routing. Featuring up to 30 LEDs, HUE 2 Underglow is guaranteed to make a visual impact on any PC.

HUE 2 Underglow adds gorgeous underglow lighting to any PC case.

Key features:

  • Specially designed kit works with nearly any PC case
  • Easy installation with double-sided foam tape
  • Includes 15 individually-addressable RGB LEDs

HUE 2 Cable Comb

The HUE 2 Cable Comb accessory adds clean organization and lighting to your PC. Not only does it organize your cables, but it also syncs with the entire HUE 2 RGB lighting ecosystem. Featuring a total of 18 individually-addressable LEDs, the HUE 2 Cable Comb accessory is the perfect addition to any PC you want to light up.

HUE 2 Cable Comb lets you clean up your PC while showing it off.

Key features:

  • Adds clean organization and lighting to your PC
  • Syncs seamlessly with other HUE 2 accessories
  • Includes 18 individually-addressable RGB LEDs

HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Controller

The HUE 2 Ambient lighting controller provides you with an immersive desktop lighting system. With over a dozen preset lighting modes besides Ambient Mode, the HUE 2 Ambient lighting controller easily mounts to the rear of your monitor and uses your walls to visually immersive you in your favorite game. Available in two sizes and for monitors between 21″-35″, HUE 2 Ambient is all you need to create the perfect mood.

HUE 2 Ambient is easy to install and brings RGB lighting to your entire room.

Key features:

  • Specially-designed kit for RGB illumination from the back of your monitor
  • Available for monitors between 21″-35″
  • Includes between 64 (small kit) and 72 (large kit) RGB LEDs

Frequently Asked Questions about the HUE 2 RGB Lighting Ecosystem

Will HUE+ LED strips and Aer RGB fans work with HUE 2?

Yes, you can connect HUE+ LED strips and Aer RGB fans to HUE 2 but you cannot mix these accessories on the same channel or with HUE 2 accessories.

Will HUE 2 LED strips and Aer RGB 2 fans work with HUE+?

No, HUE 2 LED strips and Aer RGB 2 fans will not work with HUE+ and will only work with HUE 2.

How many accessories can I connect to the HUE 2 RGB controller?

HUE 2 has 4 channels and you can connect up to 6 accessories per channel with a maximum of 4 LED strips or 5 Aer RGB 2 fans.

Can you connect accessories to the HUE 2 Ambient controller?

Yes, you can connect HUE 2 accessories to the HUE 2 Ambient controller, however, Ambient Mode will not work with those accessories.

Does HUE 2 Ambient require a separate controller than the HUE 2 RGB lighting controller?

Yes, HUE 2 Ambient is a separate lighting system than the HUE 2 RGB lighting controller. The HUE 2 Ambient lighting kit is an external lighting controller with an external power adapter (wall plug), while HUE 2 RGB lighting kit is for internal PC accessories.

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