NZXT HUE 2 Ambient RGB Lighting Kit Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅29-04-19
RGB Lighting
As you can see below, the RGB LEDs are bright and vibrant with reasonably accurate colour reproduction, though it has to be said that there’s a noticeable delay in the background changing when playing fast-paced games or watching films. Films also pose a problem for the backlighting; with the 21:9 aspect ratio that most blockbuster films are distributed in, the letterbox effect on a 16:9 monitor renders the top and bottom LED strips as useless; they’re consistently attempting to relay the black bar onto the wall throughout a movie, resulting in the LEDs being off. If the software could detect the top of the active “window” instead of taking the edge pixels and relaying those to the wall, it would remedy this problem entirely.

While using the Ambient Mode in games, we found it to feel a little too washed out and lacking any real punch. Adjusting the in-game brightness helped to accentuate the RGB lighting but we then lost the colour accuracy of our monitor, which isn’t a trade-off we’re willing to make. NZXT could add a saturation or brightness slider to their software to combat this which would help unlock the true potential of the kit. The problem is less noticeable in a dark room but when playing in daylight hours you could easily feel like the LEDs were switched off.

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