03 Jan, 2020   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews .  CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Review

When it comes to unique and innovative products in PC peripherals industry, Corsair is brands that dominates with its quality and unique peripherals, providing the latest of the technologies and features to games and PC enthusiast. One such unique peripheral is the CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit. As more and more gamers and PC enthusiast are turning toward RGB lighting in their systems, the CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit extend RGB lighting beyond ones PC and radiating diffused ambient lighting that synchronizes with system, games and media.

For this review Corsair has provided us CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit along with Expansion kit 250mm and Expansion kit 450mm.


Now let’s see what CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Kit has for us.

Features

TRANSFORM YOUR SETUP
Extend your RGB lighting beyond your PC with diffused colors and intricate lighting effects, creating an immersive backdrop. Dynamically match the on-screen action in games, movies, and videos, or turn your room into a living visualizer for your music.

UNITE YOUR SETUP
CORSAIR iCUE Software lets you orchestrate your own dazzling light shows, right down to the smallest detail, with multi-layer lighting patterns and effects synchronized system-wide across all compatible RGB components and devices.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SHINE
Includes 2x long strips (450mm) with 27 individually addressable LEDs each, 2x short strips (250mm) with 15 individually addressable LEDs each, an external lighting controller, USB cable, and external power cable.
Add additional lighting to your setup with LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Expansion Kits (sold separately), available in both 450mm and 250mm sizes.

BUILT-IN LIGHT DIFFUSION
LEDs are housed in sturdy, light-diffusing casing that softens and blends light for a continuous and smooth effect.

QUICK AND EASY INSTALLATION
Mounts securely to most surfaces using magnetic fasteners with an adhesive backing.

COMPATIBLE WITH CORSAIR iCUE
Vivid dynamic RGB lighting control, sophisticated macro programming and full-system lighting synchronization with compatible CORSAIR peripherals, coolers, fans and more

Specifications

Package

The CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit comes in a black colored cardboard box with the legendary CORSAIR logo and LS100 Smart Lighting pic on the front right of the box . Back of box covers details about the product features along with specifications.

iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Expansion Kit 250mm
iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Expansion Kit 450mm

Inside the box

Product box includes a Smart Lighting Controller, a Micro USB to USB A Cable, 4 x RGB Extension Cables, 8 x Cable Management Clips, 16 x Metal Plates (With Adhesive Tape), 2 x Short RGB LED Strips (250mm), 2 x Long RGB LED Strips (450mm) and a AC Power Supply.

Looks

The Corsair Smart Lighting Controller is the heart of this iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit, providing 2 channels of ARGB communication with 138 LEDs per channel. Powered via external 5V power adapter and connect with PC using Micro USB cable.

The CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit comes with total of four flexible LED strips, 2 x Short RGB LED Strips (250mm), 2 x Long RGB LED Strips (450mm) with white diffuser silicone protective covers. Short RGB LED strip have 15 ARGB LEDs and the long RGB LED strip have 27 ARGB LEDs.

Installation and Testing

Installation of CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit was very easy. Just clean the back surface of monitor properly, stick the included Metal Plate (with Adhesive Tape) on back of your monitors. LED strips and controller have magnets so now just stick them to the metal plates. Now connect them all with RGB extension cables. You can manage extra cable lengths using provided Cable Management Clips.

Connect the AC power adaptor to CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Controller and connect with PC using Micro USB cable.

When you plug the CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip in your PC first time, it automatically recommends you to download and install CORSAIR iCUE software.

Pros

  • Nice diffused RGB Lighting
  • Easy Installation
  • Included Cable management support
  • CORSAIR iCUE Software
  • External Ac Power adaptor
  • 2 Channel RGB lighting control
  • Good Product build quality

Cons

  • Little expensive
  • Have to turn power and RGB lighting ON/OFF separately while turning PC ON and OFF

Conclusion

Overall working with the CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip was a great fun. Product was very easy to install and work great with CORSAIR’s iCUE Software. Included Cable management clips help a lot in hiding extra cable behind the monitors.

It would have been great if lighting can be turned ON/OFF according to PC ON or OFF state. After shutting down the PC one must separately turn the LED OFF. Corsair can also include same sort of PCI-e rear bracket power adaptor so that iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting can get 5v from internal PSU SATA power connector. This can solve the separate RGB lighting ON/OFF issue.

Finally with easy installation and impressive ambient lighting effect, the CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Kit is nice product to add more RGB lighting dimension to your PC and is worthy of our PC TeK Reviews CHOICE Award.

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