SUPPLIED BY: Cooler Master
MANUFACTURER: Cooler Master
PRODUCT: MasterWatt Maker 1200W
PROD LINK: MasterWatt Maker 1200W Product Page
PRICE: $444.85 @ Amazon
Price is at time of testing!
Real power, real control. Like we had fake power before?
I object! What if I live in the Maldives? What’s my option then? This is the CM store tab, where you can click and have your browser opened to one of these three areas of the CM store.
The system tab gives you this screen. Fairly useful. I have to say the software’s looking good so far. Certainly much more functional with Windows 7 than Thermaltake’s latest efforts, which won’t work for me at all.
This app just installed and ran, recognizing the power supply immediately. Let’s go to the power tab and see what’s there.
Nice interface, Cooler Master. All the info is there in an easy to read format.
And we have lots of flexibility over monitoring, too. We can even choose sampling size of 30, 60, or 300 seconds.
In the modes screen, we find our fan control as well as the ability to turn off the multi-rail overcurrent protection. I’ll be going with silent and single. Just like me in real life.
Finally, we have this here history screen.
Let’s look at the Bluetooth stuff. The dongle should be attached without any power to the unit, and I’ve done that. I’ll just install the app on my LG G4, fire it up here, and…
Behold a buggy app that cannot find the unit, despite the phone being able to pair with it. Cooler Master said that it might take some time to get it to recognize, however I waited an hour for that to happen and got this same screen every time. No amount of hitting the repeat button worked.
That’ll be a deduction later. I believe the app is buggy, not the dongle. That said, when I broke out my old Galaxy Note II, the software was able to connect to the unit but kept prompting me for credentials. You’re supposed to be able to reset that with the button on the dongle, but it never worked for me.
I think the Bluetooth stuff on this unit is a half baked idea that might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but Cooler Master really should have followed through by making sure the app was up to date and fully supported if they were going to do it. Otherwise, it just adds a lot of unnecessary expense.
Yes, I did consider that my sample might be defective. I’ll talk more about that possibility later, when it becomes relevant again.