Matrix Orbital MX213 USB

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Introduction

The first time I ever heard of a custom LCD for a computer case the name Matrix Orbital was spoken. Since that time I have had their web page bookmarked and have visited it many times to eye the hardware displayed there. Their reputation has preceded them every time since then that I have heard anyone speak of LCDs. With that in mind I had very high expectations of the unit and as you will see I was not disappointed.

The front of the Matrix Orbital MX213 also has a set of buttons that you can program to activate a certain screen you wish to view. For example setting up the F2 button to display your local weather when you press it is a cool feature. Or a press of the arrow key to scroll through your current ram loads.

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I chose the red with black face plate, model # MX213. This model was described by CrazyPC as having USB interface and packed with the software LCDC. Upon arrival the unit was in perfect condition and carefully double boxed, the matrix orbital box inside of yet another box.

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Inside the box was an installation information card, the unit itself and a mini CD containing the LCDC software. In my limited experience with LCD displays I had also heard of this software many times in various forums and work logs. The installation card was short and to the point. Being the type of guy who usually throws the instructions away as my first step, I can appreciate this. I was surprised by how simple everything sounded as I have read many long complicated threads on setting up and using an LCD. The LCDC software came in a small plastic sleeve with a serial/registration number printed on the disk.


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The unit itself is well made and quite heavy. In my book heavy equals quality. The USB cable was already attached and I expected to find it hard wired to the unit. Instead they have an actual USB port on the unit. Really nice touch in case you want to use your own longer cable or perhaps you wish to build your own separate enclosure for the LCD and require a 6 or 10 foot USB cable. Looking at the unit closely I am very impressed with the fit and finish. Matrix Orbital obviously takes pride in their product, nothing on the unit seemed cheap or poorly assembled.

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The back of the LCD has pin outs for connecting thermal probes and fans. When attaching fans or thermal probes the help file recommends having the unit set to “high power” mode, this is accomplished with a jumper and a floppy power connection to the unit. The MX 213 will attempt to adjust the fan speeds like a thermostat once configured to your needs. This added feature makes the unit function as a fan bus without the knobs and adds greatly to the overall value of the MX 213.

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