Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon MCE

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
GX Typhoon MCEI had one of the first Matrix Orbital's a while ago and the headaches it caused, along with the steep learning curve was enough to put me off for life. The new GX Typhoon is a different kettle of fish altogether. It's easy to setup, the drivers work straight off the bat and best of all, the software is a pleasure to work with. Sure, the product doesn't come with a manual per se but to be quite honest you really don't need one other than for the software, which after five or ten minutes experimentation is pretty much self explanatory anyway.
 
The unit itself is very impressive, capable of displaying almost every colour imaginable and apart from the yellows (which look a little dull and green) they are well represented. The only limit to the display is your imagination and the widgets included. More and more utilities are being produced by the tweaking communities every day so a regular visit to the LCD studio forums are well worth the effort. Anyone who is building an HTPC will quickly fall in love with the GX Typhoon's adaptability and PC modders alike will no doubt drool over the sheer amount of options that are available with this display unit. 
 
Perhaps the only downside to the GX Typhoon is the price. Weighing in at £75, it's certainly not cheap and that may be enough to put many folk off, especially when the add on baybus extensions will only increase that price further. However, for your £75 you do get a very nice MCE remote which takes away some of the pain or if indeed you already own a remote then the standalone unit can be had for £10 less.
 
Personally, I think the GX Typhoon would be the finishing touch to any PC build and presuming you have the available funds, you should buy one now. You won't regret it.
 
 
The Good
- Ease of use
- Flexibility
- Excellent community support
  
The Mediocre
- No included driver CD
- Packaging could be improved
 
The Bad
- Suspect quality control (our display unit was faulty)
 
 
Overclock3D Modders Choice Award 
 
  
Thanks to Matrix Orbital for supplying the GX Typhoon for review.
 
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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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