Simon XTi

Date published: 2012-04-04
Review Item: Simon XTi
Rating:

The Simon XTI is GE/Interlogix’s answer to the other touch-screen all-in-one self-contained panel/keypad systems in the marketplace today. It is a large form factor with  small 3.5″ display buried in a sea of white plastic. Essentially, the engineers took the logic board from their Simon XT, and merged it with the technology of the two-way-talking touch-sceen keypad. A very unimpressive attempt at keeping up with the marketplace.

Pros:

  • Simple, no button interface. All interaction occurs via a 3.5-inch color LCD with graphical user interface (GUI)
  • At-a-glance status of home and property
  • Actionable status icons identify door/window open, last motion detected, “My property” icon status; covers all non-window, non-interior motion changes
  • Menu-based system programming and test
  • 40 wireless zones — two can be hardwired (normally-closed loop only)
  • Built-in PSTN 2-way voice capability (over GSM with optional module)
  • Supports both crystal and SAW LearnMode sensors, repeaters
  • Supports 2-way RF products (version-specific)
  • Chime feature for monitoring door, window or motion activity
  • 1 master access code and 8 programmable user access codes of 3 to 6 digits
  • SIA or CID central station reporting formats and Voice Event Notification eporting via PSTN (native) and/or optional GSM and IP modules
  • Program panel with built-in touch screen or Enterprise Downloader software v4.4 or later
  • Weather updates and thermostat controls on main screen

Cons:

  • Unattractive footprint
  • Small 3.5″ touchscreen
  • Deep bezel
  • Seems like a very “rushed” design to keep up with the marketplace to offer a touch-screen

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