Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon MCE

Packaging & Contents

Packaging & Contents
 
The package itself arrived in a very basic cardboard box. No fancy graphics or glossy cover girl advertise the product inside, just a singular company logo.
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Box Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Box Open
 
The contents themselves are basic enough and for your money you receive: a Media Centre remote; USB cable; installation instructions and of course, the display unit itself. I was surprised to see that there wasn't an installation CD included but the installation booklet points you to the Matrix Orbital website where the latest drivers and firmware can be found. While I appreciate that drivers move along fast and it is hard to keep pace, the price that this product costs should at least warrant a CD with software, installation guide and drivers.
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Contents Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Remote
 
The unit itself, at first glance, looks a very basic affair. Much akin to a fan controller in size and weight, the anodized black casing is very attractive and appears to be hard wearing, I would have liked to have seen a brushed aluminium effect underneath the black which would match the high end Lian LI cases. I should also point out that at the time of writing this review, this model is only available in black. No doubt there will be some stores who will happily supply you with a modded exterior to the colour and texture of your choosing for an extra cost.
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Front Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Back
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Side Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Perspective
 
Those more observant among you will notice that separate to the main display is an infrared sensor. Quite annoyingly this sensor flashed at random times while configuring the unit even though the MCE remote didn't have any batteries installed at the time, this can however be turned off with LCD Studio.
 
The remote itself is very nice indeed. Plush buttons with emblems screen printed onto them are also backlit for your convenience. At present the remote is only applicable for Vista based systems so don't expect any joy while using XP/Linux based setups. 
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon LCD Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon unit back
 
Stripped of the casing, the GX Typhoon is exactly as advertised - a 240 x 64 line LCD display. The Media Centre Edition and the standard edition displays are exactly the same in that both have an IR receiver so if you already have an MCE remote you could save yourself a few pounds. To the rear, we see a variety of pin-outs that allow the GX Typhoon to be adapted further with future releases such as keypads etc. This is a great idea as Matrix Orbital are not forcing people to buy into features they do not need and those that do need such add-ons can purchase the items separately. Essentially, you can form a controller that is designed to your own personal needs and tastes. Modularity at its purest!
 
Next we will take you through the setup procedure...
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04-09-2008, 07:31:00

PV5150
webbo had a chance to take Matrix Orbital's latest LCD display for a few laps around the block.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...234401537s.jpg

Check out the Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon MCE review here

04-09-2008, 08:11:17

Rastalovich
Nice bit of reviewage. I`ve always liked these but never had an opportunity to use one. 75 is semi ok as a price, probably the ceiling of what I`d pay for one tbh.

Question that I may`ve missed: do u get the feature to setup multiple displays and then select or cycle thru them with the remote ? (I`m assuming u can)

Also regarding the remote, will it/did it allow interaction with other apps ?

Looks like a winner, possibly undecided if it`s a 75 piece of kit. (I`d probably um & arr about it and then buy one)

04-09-2008, 08:54:43

Bungral
Didn't think it would be something that interests me much but actually it looks a very good product. Something that I would definitely consider.

Didn't take a pic of the remote PV

04-09-2008, 12:59:01

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Nice bit of reviewage. I`ve always liked these but never had an opportunity to use one. 75 is semi ok as a price, probably the ceiling of what I`d pay for one tbh.

Question that I may`ve missed: do u get the feature to setup multiple displays and then select or cycle thru them with the remote ? (I`m assuming u can)

Also regarding the remote, will it/did it allow interaction with other apps ?

Looks like a winner, possibly undecided if it`s a 75 piece of kit. (I`d probably um & arr about it and then buy one)
Cheers for your kind comments as always m8.

Yup, as stated in the review you can cycle through the screens you create but not with the remote (at least not when I tried), you use LCD Studio to configure the cycling properties. The remote is primarily to control media center applications, which if you set the screen up to display said applications then it will display some info on said applications so yes, the remote will work with the screen, from a certain point of view.

05-09-2008, 11:37:13

Jaster
Cool...have been looking for a good panel/remote combo that doesn't give you a headache in Vista x64 (silverstone and the lcd on the Antec Fusion 430 HTPC case both seemed to cause random usb failiures for some reason, although that was a few months back) ... Nice to see someone likes classic house too, altern-8 .... I saw them at the attic in manchester about a year back...cracking
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