Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon MCE

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Installation
 
Difficult installations and driver support are a thing of the past with the GX Typhoon - presuming you have Vista 32/64bit. Unfortunately we did not have an XP based system for testing at the time of the review. The installation procedure was very easy once you have downloaded the relevant software package from the Matrix Orbital website.
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Software
 
First off, I decided to update the firmware to the latest version, which was a very simple affair. Point and click a few times; follow the simple on screen instructions and hey presto - an up-to-date unit. Next off, the dreaded driver installation. In the past getting a Matrix Orbital to install correctly was at best a tedious affair and at worst a nightmare. No such problems were encountered this time around and I am happy to report that even Vista 64bit is fully supported. Once the firmware was updated and the driver installed I was greeted with a splash screen which gave a taste of things to come.
 
 Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon GX
 
Houston we have a problem. As you can see there appears to be a slight fault with our sample in that there is a missing section of pixels. Hopefully this is just a one off but it does give me some concerns as to the QA department at Matrix Orbital if they can't even supply a review sample without fault! Still, until we know otherwise, we will assume this is a mix up and continue with the review regardless.
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon  Choose your LCD 
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon  LCD Studio complete
 
To create your own screens, as well as taking advantage of the many preset ones, you will need to use LCD Studio. This is an open source program that is freely available to anyone and is most useful should you have an LCD screen, not just from Matrix Orbital. G15 LCD's for example are easily customised with this program and it is possibly the most popular program for customising LCD's currently available for no cost.
 
Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon LCD Studio Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon Applications
 
While I don't wish to dwell on software not directly associated with the Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon, I feel it is necessary to explain how simple it is to get the display up and running. With little over 10 minutes I had the unit installed along with the software and then began to tweak the display to see what it was capable of. As you can see from the pictures above, LCD Studio has a number of prebuilt templates and 'widgets' that can display anything from the time of day to the FPS of your favorite game. There are also many more applications available on the net but there are plenty here to keep you going for a good few hours!
 
So with the setup now complete, lets take a look at what the GX Typhoon can do...
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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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