AOA Forums AOA Forums AOA Forums Folding For Team 45 AOA Files Home Front Page Become an AOA Subscriber! UserCP Calendar Memberlist FAQ Search Forum Home


Go Back   AOA Forums > Hardware > General Hardware Discussion

General Hardware Discussion Hard drives, CD, DVD Monitors, All hardware questions not better served by our other Topics


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 16th November, 2005, 04:01 PM
Member
 
Join Date: January 2005
Location: Brighton
Posts: 4,856

iMon Internal USB System

I have just installed a new system from QuietPC, which is a system called the iMon.
iMon sits inside a 3.5" drive bay (so it's suitable for Shuttles) and has an infra red port. A shiny, silver and black remote cotnrol is also supplied.
The iMon, along with it's software, allows complete remote control of your PC.

Installation

Installation is possibly the iMons weakest point. Although installnig the cables is fairly easy, there are a few niggles. Firstly, the cable which sits in between the Power Supply and Motherboard, to give the iMon power, is quite long, which is unneccesary and creates cable clutter.
But much worse than this is the installation of the drive bay unit itself. Annoyingly, the holes drilled do not allow any screws to fit in. The screws are all standard sizes, four are even supplied. But annoyingly you need a lot of brute force, and in my case a couple of fabric washers, to screw them in.
This silly design error should have been fixed in the testing stage.

Apart from this however, the iMon is relatively easy to install for anyone experienced with the internals of a PC. However, I do not reccomend it to anyone not used to fiddling with their PC Internals.

The iMon taps into the PC Motherboard power cable, the Power Header on the motherboard and either an external or internal USB connection.
The unit itself is very sleek, and comes in either silver or black.

Setup

Once installed, setting up the iMon is extremely straightforward. The supplied Cd comes with a small utility to enable you to customise remote functions, and also Medion Software which allows control much in the same way as Microsoft's Media Centre.
Once installed, the software supplied is very easy to use and does not intrude. One annoying feature which can fortunately be turned off, is a sound effect everytime you press a button on the remote.

The Medio software allows you to watch TV, listen to Radio, Record TV, Listen to Music and watch videos.
It is comprehensive, easy to use and runs very quickly. It's interface is customisable, a welcome feature.
It is perhaps not as complete as Media Centre, but the iMon system does work perfectly with users of Media Centre.


The Remote
The iMon Remote is fantastic, and vastly superior to most supplied with TV Tuner Cards, VCRs, DVD Players etc. It is also much better than the Media Centre remote.
The buttons feel great, and it is very well laid out. It is also obvious what buttons do what. The remote is also very sturdy and incredibly well built, whilst being stylish.

The iMon USB Internal system is available for around £40 Exc. VAT off http://www.quietpc.com/uk/caseacc.php#imon2

It is a fantastic device, superbly made, with great software and great userbility. Don't bother with TV Tuner card remotes, if you want remote control of your PC, the iMon is the one to buy.
A VFD (Visual Display) iMon is available for around £75.

9/10
Attached Thumbnails
iMon Internal USB System-imoninside.jpg  
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 16th November, 2005, 07:15 PM
ajopz's Avatar
Member
Simon Champion, 3D Car Driver Champion, Taz's Dance Fever Champion, Arcanoid Champion, Simpsons Shooter Champion, Break in the Crowd Champion, Mad Shark Champion, Quad Champion, Super Flash Mario Bros. Champion
 
Join Date: March 2005
Location: UK
Posts: 1,123

Very nice. I really like the VFD version. do u need to have media centre or would it work on xp?
__________________
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 17th November, 2005, 05:17 PM
Member
 
Join Date: January 2005
Location: Brighton
Posts: 4,856

It works on any OS from Windows 98SE upwards.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 17th November, 2005, 05:28 PM
danrok's Avatar
AOA Staff
 
Join Date: March 2003
Location: Great Britain
Posts: 18,917

Quite a bit of functionality for the price!
__________________
Desktop PC: AMD FX-8370E / Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0 Motherboard / 16GB DDR3 RAM / GeForce GTX 970
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 17th November, 2005, 05:43 PM
Member
 
Join Date: January 2005
Location: Brighton
Posts: 4,856

That's what I thought.
You'd think controlling a mouse pointer with a remote would be hard, but using the iMons pad is a doddle.
It makes it so easy, it's hard not to use it, even when you should be using a mouse.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 17th November, 2005, 05:50 PM
danrok's Avatar
AOA Staff
 
Join Date: March 2003
Location: Great Britain
Posts: 18,917

If you want to kick back and listen to music, watch movies, etc. then it's alot easier than a mouse - no table needed.
__________________
Desktop PC: AMD FX-8370E / Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0 Motherboard / 16GB DDR3 RAM / GeForce GTX 970
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Max internal clock of a Sempron? Renasc AMD Motherboards & CPUs 2 21st May, 2005 11:57 AM
Need Help - Internal Usb Cable Monzi General Hardware Discussion 1 29th April, 2003 06:50 PM
Internal Refraction loop Case Modifications 3 27th October, 2002 10:11 PM
Internal WaterCooler SiGmA_X Cooling & Temperature Monitoring 26 7th May, 2002 06:07 AM
Internal Fan Stack Gresyth Case Modifications 8 16th March, 2002 02:31 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:54 AM.


Copyright ©2001 - 2010, AOA Forums
Don't Click Here Don't Click Here Either

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0