The first thing I did was to remove the shelf for the drives, once this was out and the wires moved out of the way, the LM200 actually looked very spacious.
Then it was a case of fitting the motherboard and power supply and spending a little time trying to get things as tidy as possible. With the power supply fan facing the centre of the case there is a handy little space behind it to store any unused cables, which made things a little easier. A few cable ties later to keep the copious excess of cable bundled up and it was about as good as it was going to get in the brief amount of time I had to work on it.
Next it was time to mount the drives on the shelf. This was simply a case of screwing them down and screwing the shelf back in place. Make sure you don’t place the shelf too far forward as there is a small amount of adjustment available, otherwise the button on the stealth cover will permanently hold the button in on the optical drive.
All that remained was to connect the drives up and power the whole thing up which it did first time and then I installed the drivers and software. After a few minutes setting the display up it was showing all the info I wanted. The image on the display looks a little blurred as it actually scrolls across the screen. The power indicator, around the power switch, is a pale white light and what I thought was the reset switch is actually the hard drive activity led.
Onto the bundled software.
Anyone who has had previous experience with Imon Displays will no doubt be familiar with the software to set the display up.
The first screen you see when opening the Imon software is to do with the Imon indicator, where it is positioned, when you see it, how large it is and what its opacity is, from “normal” to virtually transparent.
The first option on the menu is “Settings” this is basically where you can modify the settings for your remote control. As I will show you there isn’t much you can’t control with the Imon remote controller, and if there is you can probably set up a custom control to do it. The top option “Remote Controller” is where you choose which remote you have. You do this anyway when installing the software so unless you change your remote you won’t need to click on that option. The next option is Program Commands, from here you can select what programs you want to control with the Imon remote control, the defaults are Internet Explorer and Media Centre but you can add any program you want. To program a button you just click on the function and follow the on screen instructions, basically choose a button on the remote you want to perform that task. It really is that simple.
The next section, Windows Commands, works like the previously mentioned Program Commands. Only this time you can set up the remote control keys to perform functions that would normally be done via keyboard or mouse. The Power Management tab specifically sets up functions like Power Down, Restart, Log off etc. The final page, Speed, allows you to set the cursor speed and double click settings.
Onto the options section, the first section within options allows you to choose the device you wish you use with the volume control on the remote, clicking on the drop down menu allows you to choose from any audio devices installed. You can also select the size of the step each “click” on the volume button lowers or increase the volume by.
The News section under options allows you to add a news feed, or feeds, so that any breaking news will be scrolled across the display. Useful I guess if the pc is on but you aren’t actually using it or sat in front of a news channel on the TV?
The next option, Webcast, works on a similar principal to the News section. You input the URL of the Webcast you want to follow and any information they output will be scrolled across the screen of the LM200.
The final section under Options is the Version / Update section. From here you can choose to update the Imon software automatically, not at all or just have it inform you if there is a newer version available.
The final section is the IMON Utilities section this is the section, I think, you will spend most time tinkering with. The first section is the Application launcher, this defines what application you want to run when you press the big red button in the centre of the remote control. If the app you want isn’t included in the predefined list simply add it by pressing the ADD button.
The next section, Front View, is where we set up the LCD display on the front of the LM200. You can actually define a lot of things from here, even the font in which the info is displayed, how fast it scrolls across the screen, its position on the screen even if the back light is turned off when the unit is powered down (this may sound daft but when the pc is powered down the time is displayed on the LCD). You can set it up to scroll through your system info, set it up to display a graphic equaliser when any media is being played. You can even set the display up to show you when you get an email, weather reports from major cities around the world. Or any combination of the above by choosing what you want or don’t want to be displayed by selecting or deselecting them in Auto Mode.
Not interested in the weather down under or checking email, don’t bother then, just use Auto to select what you want displayed on the front of your LM200. From here you also select the date / time format.
The next section is for you lazy bones out there, can’t be bothered to go fetch the keyboard? Use the Virtual keyboard then. This part is the set up screen for it, you can access the virtual keyboard from the Imon quick launch icon. You can define size, opacity etc and once you are happy you never need touch a keyboard again, well maybe.
The virtual keyboard looks a bit like this.
The penultimate section is the Timer section. Here you can set the pc up to act like an alarm clock, unfortunately this does mean the pc will need to be on, this isn’t too much of a problem though as you can also set the timer to switch the pc on, and off, at specific times so set that to switch on a few minutes before the alarm is set and you are sorted. This could also be of use when recording TV programs, but you can only have 1 “program” which you can repeat daily but multiple programs would be ideal for when you go away on holiday for example. Any chance of adding this Imon?
The final section is Resolution Changer, and I have said this before, but I am not entirely sure why this section is included. Included it is though and you can choose from up to 4 resolutions.
Onto the other software bundled with the LM200, the iMedian HD software. I have no idea if this actually has HD capabilities, I am guessing it should have, but I guess we will find out soon enough.
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