The Monueal LCD display is
definitely useful to see at a glance what songs you are playing. There have been
times when I would come home and not want to turn the TV on to play my music. A
media centre PC is supposed to replace your CD player so not having to turn on
your TV is a convenient thing.
The buttons and knobs have a very positive and nice feel. The black metal
finish blends in beautifully with my black PC. I love the shortcuts buttons
interface - I can quickly hit MUSIC and then PLAY and I'm listening to my music
in no time.
The Monueal Ultra Bay also works with Windows MCE as long as you have the IMon
Manager running. The only thing you don't get is EQ display compared to when you
play music in IMedian.
Software configuration - IMON Manager and IMedian
Monueal IMon Manager
The Monueal IMON software is a daemon that sits in between IMedian and
the remote control or Ultra Bay interface. Without this running in
the background, the Monueal IMON Ultra Bay LCD will not work and neither will you
able to interface with any software. The good news is that with
this software running, you'll be able to run Windows MCE in conjunction with the Monueal
IMON Ultra Bay if the IMedian software is not to your liking.
The setup also allows you to choose the Imon Ultrapad
remote control or your MCE remote control if that is your preference. It is also critical
in determining what the QUICKLAUNCH button on your remote will launch: IMedian or your choice
of media software control such as Microsoft MCE or Windows Media Player.
The LCD display is also configured using this software and controls
such LCD settings such as contrast, font size, text scroll speed etc. I found
this feature useful as I was able to increase the font size and customize the
display since I found it difficult to read the LCD display from afar.
Next up, PCSTATS looks at the usability of the Monueal iMedian software
application - the heart of any good media PC.