Overall and Final Verdict
So as expected there is just only so much to cover when it comes to a set of LED lights. That doesn’t mean the new Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips aren’t interesting though. As someone who has used LED lighting in a variety of builds I’m really happy to see that Bit Fenix is going out of the way to continue to innovate in what is a very stagnant market. I mean lets be honest there are a lot of different LED options and most of them are so similar that they can all be hooked up together. The Alchemy 2.0 kit doesn’t change that, but by dropping the sticky tape they have opened up a few new options. The new setup makes an already easy installation even easier.
The big thing for me though was the new design makes the lighting kit reusable. In the past once you installed it you couldn’t move the lighting around and if you pulled them out you were left with a mostly unusable kit. Now you can move them around to get things perfect and then when you build a new rig in the future you can move them over. Just like the previous Alchemy kit these lights are extremely bright.
There is one huge downside to this new design that should be obvious to most people. By using magnets this kit can only be used in steel cases. This covers most PC cases, but there are some aluminum cases like all of the Case Labs cases and you also can’t stick a magnet to plastic as well. The other downside for me was the lack of orange, the original Alchemy kit was one of only a few kits that had orange as an option so I was a little bummed to see that drop with the Alchemy 2.0’s.
All in all the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips are a great lighting option for anyone with a case that is going to support them. The original Alchemy’s earned our recommendation previously and Bit Fenix included that on the packaging. I was very close to giving this a Top Honors award this time around for the innovative design but the limitations with what case you can use the lighting in was just enough to keep the kit from being perfect.
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