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  Product:     iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device  
  Price:     $87 (CAN) / $65 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Ahanix Corporation
  Author:     Shennon
  Date:     April 17th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Louis from Ahanix for providing the iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device for review.

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Introduction:

Setting up a Home Theatre PC is almost commonplace, giving the nature of reduced pricing on graphics cards, DVD drives and CD burners. One of the goals for most enthusiasts is to blend traditional computer equipment with home theater components. The standard remote control is a simple device that is critical to the seamless operation of both platforms. Ahanix Corporation based out Industry, California has been a manufacturer and distributor of stylish computer enclosures for the past few years. The company has recently shifted its focus on the growing HTPC market with the introduction of a new IR based remote control device. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device, a product designed specifically for the growing Home Theatre PC market.

Specifications:

The iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device will turn any PC or Laptop into a real AV System like TV, VTR, audio CD and DVD Player with wireless controlling of all the applications on your PC. The iMON Station receives the IR (Infrared) signal from the remote controller, analyzes the signal and then transfers it to PC. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Ahanix Corporation website:

iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device - Key Specifications:
iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device: Manufactured by Ahanix Corporation
Dimensions: (iMON Station) Diameter 47mm, (iMON RSC) 205mm x 50mm x 40mm, 1 Joystick, and 43 key buttons
Weight: iMON Station: 50g, iMON RSC: 160g (including battery weight)
Recommended O/S: Windows XP / 2000 / ME / 98
System Requirement: CPU Pentium 500MHz or higher, 1 USB Port, CD-ROM Drive
Supported Remote Controller: iMON RSC (dedicated remote controller, 43 key buttons and 1 joystick), and other home appliances remote controllers for home use that use 38kHz carrier frequency
Maximum Distance: 15 meters
Signal Reception Angle: 45 degree angle in all directions or narrower
Connection Type: USB (cable length 1.5M, extensible with using USB cable extension)
Certification: CE, FCC, MIC

iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device - Features:
Perfect Control of popular music, DVD, Movie Players using a remote controller
Powerful Mouse Functions of moving mouse cursor as smooth and precise as real mouse
Stylish Cool Design of iMON Station according to the variable computer situations
Convenient Setup and Use of iMON RSC through automatic setup wizard of the application hot-key setting
Maximize of the remote controller button use by generating different hot-keys with the same remote controller button under different applications
Application Launcher" for the immediate load of the application
Task Switcher" for the switching in the loaded applications
Monitor Resolution Changer" for immediate monitor resolution changing by remote controller
All-time Control Window" for control of one application regardless of the current active state
MACRO for setting and execution of the complicated command like Log In, Composition work of mouse and keyboard, and so on
Additional convenient functions like PC Power OFF, Screen Saver Activation, Sleep, Alarm and so on
Wireless Controlling of PowerPoint Presentation using a remote controller
Excellent IR signal receiving sensitivity up to 15 meter distance and 45 degree angle in any direction
Use of ANY general House Appliance Remote Controller with iMON through the remote controller registration and setup wizard
Automatic Search and Setup Functions of popular multimedia S/W
Use of ANY general House Appliance Remote Controller with iMON through the remote controller registration and setup wizard
On Screen Display of volumes, timer info, etc for convenience control of PC
More Multimedia Applications can be registered and set by the user custom setting
 
iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device
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iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device
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The iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device comes in a green corrugated box with the Ahanix logo, website address as well as features and specifications printed on the various sides. Inside the IrDA unit and the remote have been separated from each other to minimize shifting of the two parts by way of a cardboard sheet, folded in a "W" shape.

iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device
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iMON Universal IR Remote Control Device
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The upper portion of the remote features an App. Exit button, which will, as it suggests exit the current active program. Next is the Power Off button, which if pressed for more than two seconds to prevent accidents shut down the PC. There is a Screen Saver button that will start your screen saver if you have set one up as well as a Timer button that can act like an alarm clock. The buttons labeled 1 through 0 control channel selection and double as short cut buttons. The last two buttons on the remote include Desktop and Max/Restore. The Desktop button minimizes all applications while the Max/Restore button will either maximize or restore an application to its original size. The Windows button can also be toggled to open the Start Menu.
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