Before I properly get started I think it’s important to recognize that I would recommended their right angle hand control above this and their other models. Nevertheless this is a decent, basic device which requires a permanent installation.
Operating this MPS Monarch device is very simple and requires you to push down towards the floor to brake and pull back into yourself to accelerate. This is contrary to most other manufactures who use a single horizontal plane for their ‘push pull’ models. Pushing forward to brake as opposed to pushing down such as in this case.
As far as customizations go it’s nowhere nearly as capable as some of its manufacturers, but considering that MPS Monarch offers some of the cheapest models which require permanent installations I wouldn’t say that it’s too limited.
One useful customization option is in the allowance of either a vertical or horizontal handle to cater for people who prefer a certain grip on the handle. This isn’t a big difference, but if you’re wrist is uncomfortable and you’re potentially going to be using this hand control for years I’m sure you can see the benefit.
As with most MPS Monarch Hand Controls this carries a five year warranty and is strong and durable, but this is to be expected of all disabled driving aids.
One of the downsides of this particular model is that it doesn’t utilize any mechanical linkage such as the right angle hand control. This makes it somewhat weaker in terms of its ability to allow for a much easier driving experience. For fit disabled people this won’t pose much of an issue at all, but for those who are more elderly – as well as those who simply want a more comfortable driving experience than I would say it’s not the best option.
Ultimately it’s a basic but decent model, generally set at a reasonable price – it varies depending on the disabled car dealership, but around 600 dollars including installation would be an average price. It does everything which is required, and although the customization options don’t allow for big changes, they do make up the big differences that are likely to cause the most frustration over time.
It might be worth checking out our MPS Monarch Brake Only Hand Controls page if you want to find out about disabled driving for those who just need a brake as well as the situations where a mixture of brake/acceleration models can be adapted together.