Matrix Orbital MX5 514 USB VFD & Fanbus

Conclusion

Conclusion

The Matrix Orbital MX5 is a great display with many features. I was very impressed with the features it had as a fan controller, beating out many other dedicated fan controllers on the market in my opinion.

The VFD is bright, clear and can fit a lot of text on the screen. However I cant help feel that this great screen is let down by its rather bland fascia when compared with other screens in a similar price range. The optional aluminium fascia does help soften the blow slightly, but also means you don't have the option of using the buttons.

It's also a great shame that Matrix Orbital didn't manage to fit this unit into a single drive bay as the consumption of 2 drive bays is something that could easily put off many potential customers. Matrix Orbital do, however have a range of other screens (namely mx2, mx3 & mx6) that fit in a single drive bay.

The included software is capable of performing almost any task, but you'll need patience and a few glances at the manual to get there. Just don't be put off by what it looks like initially as setting up screens does get much easier with practice.


Pro's
- High quality VFD display
- Solid construction
- Configurable fan controller
- Accurate temperature monitoring
- USB interface
- Highly configurable software


Con's
- Bland fascia
- Consumes 2 drive bays
- Software can be hard to use initially.


OC3D Recommended

Thanks to Nick from Matrix Orbital for providing this unit for review :)

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16-05-2006, 09:42:47

JN
In the market for a new LCD/VFD display, or maybe a fan controller with a little something extra?

Check out our review

16-05-2006, 09:51:55

FarFarAway
Nice. Not as nice as my Crystalfontz tho

16-05-2006, 09:52:30

JN
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