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    VFD Media LAB Black A2331 (also available in silver)
    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/2005/x...lack/black.htm
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    http://2cooltek.com: $93.95

    This is my review of the Thermaltake Media Lab Panel.
    While this is made to fit in a 5.25 drive bay, it will fit many mounting locations in a vehicle as well. The basic stats from the thermaltake site


    P/N: A2331
    Multimedia Kits:
    IR Remote Control
    2 AAA Type Batteries
    Media LAB Application CD
    USB Cable
    INTERNAL USB EXT CABLE
    M/B PWR SW CABLE
    M/B PWR EXT CABLE
    MaterialAluminum body & acrylic panel
    Net Weight450 g
    Dimension(H*W*D)
    20 x 55 x 190 mm
    ColorBlack
    Application5.25 Drive Bay

    Installation

    The connection diagram in the guide is helpful if you need it, but everything is well labeled so hooking up the little bundle of wires if fairly straight forward. Install the driver from the CD like you would with any other USB device and then run the setup from the CD.



    The Remote:

    Well labeled, fairly decent key layout. The only issue I had with the remote was the location of the Full Screen button at the bottom of the remote. I would of thought a commonly used button should be placed higher on the remote. The mouse movement from the remote is very smooth and easy to use, a lot like the mouse “buttons” in laptop keyboards.

    Display

    The display has many options for displaying various information, from a graphic EQ to news, weather and e-mail. They all function fairly well and information on them can be found other places on the internet. This would be a great addition to a dash display. Very well constructed and solid. The screen will display a set message even when the computer is off as long as the power supply is on. This message can be changed to whatever you want as long as it fits the screen size.

    User Interface

    A very nice GUI for multimedia. Easy to use and large enough to view on a TV or small display. I am not sure about integrating a launch button for GPS but the app launch button brings up a start menu type menu.


    I will try to add more later, as I use this more and experiment. As you can see this was all done from a bench top and not in a car environment.

    Pros: Sturdy construction, easy of installation and customization. Very versatile remote with good functionality.
    Cons: price (a tad expensive) many network features such as news and weather require a network connection, not always available in a car installation
    Causa latet vis est notissima

    VIA SP13000
    1GB DDR400
    Slimline Slot-load DVD-RW
    60GB 2.5 Inch SATA 5400RPM
    Dual Active PCI riser
    PCI TV/FM card
    Logisys FP800
    Thermaltake VFD Media Lab
    M1-ATX

  • #2
    This is thermaltake version of the iMON VFD remote
    Causa latet vis est notissima

    VIA SP13000
    1GB DDR400
    Slimline Slot-load DVD-RW
    60GB 2.5 Inch SATA 5400RPM
    Dual Active PCI riser
    PCI TV/FM card
    Logisys FP800
    Thermaltake VFD Media Lab
    M1-ATX

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    • #3
      Do you know if the remote works with MCE? I just bought the Thermaltake Bach case for my HTPC and even though the box is plastered wth pictures of the remote and the Multi-Median software it was not included with the case.

      I've seen the Media lab VFD on ebay for around $100. The case I've got has a place to mount the VFD without taking up a drive bay. I've been thinking of getting but I'm feeling burned about it not being with the case so I'm not sure I want to get it. But if the remote works with MCE I might go ahead and get one.

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      • #4
        I believe that there is a plugin for MCE as far as the LCD, you can assign the romte buttons to just about anything you want so it can work for just about anything.
        Causa latet vis est notissima

        VIA SP13000
        1GB DDR400
        Slimline Slot-load DVD-RW
        60GB 2.5 Inch SATA 5400RPM
        Dual Active PCI riser
        PCI TV/FM card
        Logisys FP800
        Thermaltake VFD Media Lab
        M1-ATX

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        • #5
          Yea, ive got one of the Imon prototype remotes when they first started (I was a beta tester) and I recognized that software.

          The software, when it first came out, didnt work worth a flip, but looked very nice.
          2000 Sunfire build 100%, or is it ever really 100%?

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          • #6
            there are still some bugs/design flaws in the software that need addressed. for iCaster (lets you share music/video/pictures on your network) It doesn't see any of the common video types (wmv/avi/mpg/mpeg) so I guess it only sees VOB files? There is no place to add a custom city for weather so I guess you're limited to the preset ones, I'm working on a way to edit the city choices.
            Causa latet vis est notissima

            VIA SP13000
            1GB DDR400
            Slimline Slot-load DVD-RW
            60GB 2.5 Inch SATA 5400RPM
            Dual Active PCI riser
            PCI TV/FM card
            Logisys FP800
            Thermaltake VFD Media Lab
            M1-ATX

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            • #7
              Hi, I've just bought an iMon and was thinking of using this as the only input and output device for my carputer.

              So i have 2 questiens.
              Does any of the carsoftware support the iMon.
              Is it possible to use the knob to other things and the volume.

              BR
              Björn

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