Pros Solid feel, lightweight actually quite sleek and classy
Cons Hellish setup, weak calibration for touch screen, not for the impatient or PC novices.,
Summary I bought this for my mancave/bar remodel. I wanted a nice small wall mounted touch screen to act a controller on for my PC music library.
Okay with today's low monitor prices, $145 (on Amazon)doesn't sound like a big bargain but I very much wanted a classy little touch screen for my guests to pick out music. ELO was just too expensive.
As a monitor, it's okay. I wouldn't use it for a conference presentation but for a music library jukebox it's suitable. Lots of people will complain about the touchscreen not working. Yes, it does work but you've got set things up properly. First install the monitor driver only. Then reboot. Then install the touchscreen driver and reboot again. DO NOT plug the monitor in until you've installed the drivers! (That's smart with any USB device) Then you have to calibrate the touch screen. There's a program for that. The X's will appear on the four corners of your main monitor but maybe not on the MIMO. Touch the four corners of the MIMO anyway. Then lo and behold you'll find the touch is still just WAY off! The secret is select Turn Notebook Monitor Off. You cannot use your main monitor and the MIMO at the same time. You'll have nothing but frustration. If you use MIMO alone as your only monitor (which is exactly what I planned), you'll find that the touch is quite "close enough" for big button media apps. A light swiping touch won't do. It's not an iPad, folks. Think ATM not Apple for this one.
As a novelty to augment your big display at your next conference room dog and pony show, it's a fail. You'll impress no one thumping and stabbing this screen to show a Power Point or spreadsheet. But as a wall mounted controller for a media center, it's just right. As a programmer and general geek, I'm a bit more tolerant with cranky devices. I have a high-tech reputation to protect. I couldn't have a man cave without a touchscreen.
Pros The review didn't read instruction manual - he basically attempted to set up the touchscreen on his main monitor, not the Mimo.
Cons The iMo Touch model is slightly cheaper and comes with Mac OS X drivers free of charge.
Summary Touchscreen functionality works fine, as advertised, takes less than 5 mins to setup properly.
Pros cnet sort of missed the fact of this as being SO SUPER portable and EASY to connect after set up properly. Just toss it and the cable in a bag with your laptop and GO
Cons Maybe TOO small of a screen for some uses. Also no openGL or certain #D graphics on this - mostly good for simple widgets, twitter, chat type things, work pallets to make more screen space for your main graphic files on the big screen.
Summary The cnet review seem a bit misguided, They must not have calibrated the touchscreen properly (not easy on windows) they must have mis-calibrated to the point that the cursor is on the main screen and not the little mimo. This must have mislead them into thinking it was intended for use as an odd as a trackpad of sorts. This is not true, I think that is an unintended MISstep in the cnet set up. If calibrated correctly the touch IS for the little mimo screen. As seen in the youtube video here:
Pros Works as a good 3rd monitor for the small sutff. Runs off of a USB hub if you run out of USB ports. Its easy to set up on Windows as you just pop in a cd.
Cons sucks to set up on a mac takes a little reading to find the correct drivers and then you have to use it with a USB Hub. Doesn't work as a "touch screen" as it is a mouse controller; and a poor one at that. The website is poorly laid out as well.
Summary I was sooooooo excited to receive this little thing in the mail. I had big things in mind for this. Well, don't be fooled by this thing, keep it small. I was hoping to use this "touchscreen" external USB monitor with ProTools' mix window and actually touch the faders. NOPE! I was robbed. This device is only a mouse controller and a poor one at that. I did however manage to rig a "touchscreen" set up out of it, but at a great cost. I had to drop my laptops native resolution down to 800x480 and then set it to be a dual screen with the mimo as 2nd. I calibrated it with a stylus pen with 25 points of calibration 3 times to finally get some accuracy at out of it. I did a small mix within ProTools with this set up, but had limited visibility. Most other applications I tried this with could not viably support the small resolution.
Photoshop was cool however. If I didn't try to select the objects in the toolbars I drug over to the mimo with my fingers it was kind o neat to have all of that stuff neatly put away on a 7" display. Too bad I could really only place a few toolbars over there. The most frustrating part about this thing just has to be the size.
If you think that sounds bad let me tell you about set up. So I read when purchasing the monitor that I would need Mac drivers separately purchased from a 3rd party so I figured I'd give them a shot. Too bad they were only the mouse controller driver for 30.00$!!!!!! unrefunded!!!!!! I had to dig through the poorly organized mimomonitors.com to find a link to the forums and then a link to the download within the forums. I got this thing working after two days of setup due to all of the misleading information. It should be straight forward when you are purchasing a product, you shouldn't have to dig for drivers and such. Windows set up was pretty straight forward. Pop in the CD, follow instructions, badda bing badda boom. Simple setup on one system compared to the other was frustrating especially since the Mac is my primary platform.
I wouldn't recommend anybody get this thing for special purposes. It has one purpose and one purpose only; to be an external app monitor and a be a money pit.