Matrix Orbital MX610

PLED Display Module with USB connection.
Author: Antti Hakala
Published: 06.06.2006
Manufacturer: Matrix Orbital
Product Group: Modding
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Display has seven membrane keys.

Physical installation of the MX610 is made really easy as it only requires one USB cable to be plugged to the computer. Supplied USB cable can be used, or one can purhcase a special cable for fully internal wiring. When doing this, there will be no cables left outside the case. One extra advantage on using USB is the fact that this display can be used with laptop computers aswell. Ok, physical installation needs some modding but it works fine with a laptop.

Installation of the software is a bit more complicated. Windows recognizes the MX610 as any other USB device and automatically installs the drivers for it from the supplied CD-ROM. Next step is to install the LCDC. This is the program that controls the display. Installation requires a registration to the LCDC website. A code printed on the CD-ROM is needed for this step. When registration is succesfully done, the activation code of the LCDC is delivered via an e-mail. After using the code, installation is continued normally and soon the program is ready to be used. On the first start it recognizes which model of MO display is connected.


Picture taken with flash on, just to demonstrate the brightness of the display.

PLed differs from traditional LCD technology quite a lot. Bright light is produced in the pixels themselves and not by the help of an external backlight. As a result the viewing angles are almost 180 degrees and brightness is just awesome. When placed next to a normal LCDs, MX610 absorbs all attention and shines from the crowd. Display this bright will get attention.

Latency is not an issue here and motion blur, familiar from regular LCDs does not exist. For example, scrolling text is easy to read thanks to this new technology. Picture quality is almost flawless but the color of the screen might be a disappointment for some. "Green is not cool" and many users might want to see this display in blue. I like green though.


Membrane keypad feels really stiff. This didn't chance during the testing as it first felt that it was just something that is natural for a brand new unit. Even when using force, every now and then the keypad ignores some key presses.



Backside of the display. (Picture from the pdf manual)

Panel is filled with connectors, and the full potential of this display starts to clear up. White connectors on the left side handles '1 wire' devices, like temperature probes. Manual reveals, that these connector can be used with any 'Dallas one wire' devices. Experienced modders might be able to take advantage of this. Next row to the right offers power for fans and cathode lights. RPM data of the fans can be read via these connectors. This data can be used later in the LCDC software. Jumper below these, chooses if you want to feed 5 v or 12 v for the fan connectors. If feeding 12 v, high power input must be used. On the right side of the normal USB connector is situated a connector for internal USB wiring.

Optional items


Extra items

Temperature probes and 3 led panel nicely extends the usage possibilities. These extras are not ground breaking but the leds are probably the brightest I've ever seen. They are more like spot lights than signal ones. These could be used, for example, to illuminate the interior of a PC.

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