Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon MCE
I 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.
- Ease of use
- Excellent community support
- No included driver CD
- Packaging could be improved
- Suspect quality control (our display unit was faulty)
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