-Main Page
   -Guides
   -Reviews
   -Tech Bits
   -Case Gallery
   -Forums
   -Wireless
   -Contests!
   -Affiliates
   -About Us
   -Droid Hype

   Manufacturers:
   -IWill USA
   -Matrox
   -Samsung USA
   -Crucial
   -Toshiba
   -Actiontec
   -M-audio
   -EverGreen Tech
   -EPI USA
   -Buffalo Tech
   -ThermalTake
   -Zalman Tech
   -Cyber Cooler
   -Vantec USA
   -Evercool
   -Chenbro
   -CoolerMaster
   -C3
   -SuperPower
   -Lian Li
   -2CoolPC
   -Icemat
   -TweakMonster
   -Cobalt3
   -Sunbeam
   -ShatteredWeb
   -Tagan
   -Rosewill
   -EDGE Memory
   -Eagle Tech

   Online Shops:
   -CrazyPC
   -HighSpeed PC
   -UmaxPC
   -Xoxide Mods
   -Directron
   -Azzo
   -Computer Geeks
   -CensusPC

.: Random Case Gallery User uploads :.
Mahogany USB Drive
Sharing cellphone broadband
Making acrylic fan grills
 

LapLogic Aerogel Extreme
EDGE DiskGO 160GB Network HDD
GelaSkins for DS and PSP

-- MassWorks ID-75 Touch Screen LCD
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2002-03-21
-- Price: ~ $299.95 USD
-- Pages: 1 2 [ 3 ]
Digg this article
Submit to reddit
Add to del.icio.us
Submit to Slashdot
Stumble this article!

  Using the ID-75 as a game controller is a rewarding experience.  I loaded up the Counter-Strike layout and played a few rounds on the Gideontech Counter-Strike server.  While it took the same amount of time for me to either enter the commands by hand (I have no buy lag) or tap the screen and have the script do it, it did allow me to orient myself and  and decide what direction to go rather than looking at what weapons to buy.

   I do have to admit that the ID-75 and First Person Shooters (FPS) are not really made for each other.  FPS's require your hands to be at the keyboard pretty much at all times, so reaching up to the ID-75 to change a weapon, or do a rocket jump isn't ideal. Instead the ID-75 takes more of a back seat roll and is better served being used to buy weapons or issue Voice Commands, Chat, and Taunts.

   In strategy games like Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 the ID-75 really shines since you have a hand free to reach up and touch the ID-75.  The Layout that you get from MassWorks web page has some of the more obscure options (Ally)  of the game mapped out along with some of the most used function (Team selection, unit commands).  

   Again, while the layout wouldn't be as useful for the more advanced users that have mastered the keyboard commands, it will be very useful for newer players to the game.

   As I mentioned before, Massworks has some beta Windows display drivers to allow your ID-75 to act like another monitor.  While its certainly extends the usefulness of the product the USB interface becomes a rather large handicap.  Currently the beta drivers take a 640x480 desk and shrink it down to the 320x240 resolution that the ID-75 supports. The best analogy to describe how the driver functions, is a DivX movie.  Small changes like mouse movements or typing is updated quickly but large screen changes like moving an application or opening an application are rather slow since it requires a full screen refresh which takes about a second or two.  So watching a movie or winamp visualizations on the ID-75 is not practical.


Winamp running in double sized mode on the ID-75 (16 point font)

   Also since the ID-75 is USB there is a little bit of lag before it appears to do something, it takes a bit to get use to, then it is just like using VNC or any other type of visual remote management software.

   Here is a comparison of the image quality of the ID-75 (it looks better in real life):


A VB program I made displaying OS statistics. Displayed on ID-75.


A screen capture of the same VB program.

  To get the ID-75 to show up on the digital camera I had to turn up the backlight a lot, so it washed the picture out.  As you may or may not be able to tell the ID-75 image quality is actually very good.  Although you will need to use big fonts to be able to read the output effectively.

  Overall the ID-75 was a pleasurable experience to use.  Some may wince at the $299.95 price tag (at time of writing they lowered the price to $249.95), but to make a similar product by yourself would cost around $135 for a 5.1" LCD (composite connection) and about $200 for the touch screen glass.  So in comparison its a good deal.  But never the less some of you would rather prefer to buy a new video card than a game controller.



Pros:

  • Perfectly suited for strategy games
  • Open Ended architecture
  • Good software support
  • Cheap compared to how much it will cost to make a touch screen 5.1" LCD
  • Plug and play, worked right out of the box


Cons:

  • USB interface
  • Layout software is hard to use at first
  • Some users may have a hard time with the power plug

< Previous Discuss this in our Forums! >

Page: 1 2 [ 3 ]


Bandwidth sponsored by SCHostPro.com

Latest Updates

LapLogic G800/W800 Areogel Extreme
LapLogic G800/W800 Aerogel Extreme

Mahogany USB Drive
Mahogany USB Drive

EDGE Tech DiskGO NAS 160GB
EDGE DiskGO 160GB
Network HDD

GelaSkins for DS and PSP
GelaSkins
DS and PSP


All trademarks used are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1999 - 2017 by GideonTech.com

Page was generated in 0.037368 seconds

Partner Links: Shorty.org

Our Friends - GideonTech | Metku | AllTheMods | OCModShop | Bona Fide Reviews | Rbmods | ThinkComputers | PCApex | TweakTown