September 08, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
Coming from the land of horse racing, it’s no surprise that Elan Home Systems has introduced a thoroughbred of a touchpanel.
The Lexington, KY-based company has added the XP-8.4 Wireless Controller to its lineup of Whole Home Touch Panels, and there’s not much that this beauty can’t do.
The 8.4-inch LCD touchscreen allows for wired or wireless home control, with color graphics, web browsing, extended 802.11g Wi-Fi, longer battery life and embedded Windows XP.
The deluxe docking/recharging cradle gives you Ethernet and USB ports, as well as the juice to give the XP-8.4 up to six hours of operation away from the dock. If your fingers aren’t so nimble, you’ll like having the USB to hook in a keyboard or mouse for easier and more comfortable web browsing.
You can also have your custom installer personalize the screen with a display you’ll be happy to view all the time and doesn’t clash with the rest of your room.
Look for the XP-8.4 from authorized Elan dealers in Q1 of next year for an MSRP of $3,350.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.