Toshiba upgrades its Mini TouchScreen air-conditioning controller


Toshiba’s infamous touchscreen controller gets an update. As the company releases its second generation model with full function seven-day timer, scheduled On/Off status, mode and temperature settings to optimise both energy savings and indoor comfort.

The latest generation of Toshiba Carrier UK’s award-winning Mini TouchScreen air conditioning controller, designed for use with Toshiba air conditioning systems, offers enhanced capabilities that extend its application to offices and commercial buildings.

Originally developed for use with Toshiba’s air conditioners in hotels, The Mini Touchscreen room controller has an intuitive touch-sensitive interface that operates on the same principles as a high-end Smartphone. It is easy to use for end users and quick and simple to install for contractors.

The latest version, Series 2, now includes a full function seven-day timer, enabling users to program up to eight events a day across the week, with the ability to schedule On/Off status, Mode and Temperature settings to optimise both energy savings and indoor comfort. The updated unit also has a frost protection function that maintains temperature above 8°C, ensuring that the fabric of buildings and their services are protected in the event of freezing ambient temperatures outside.

The Mini TouchScreen uses the same two-wire connectivity as a standard wall controller, enabling it to be quickly installed without adding an external power supply on new projects and as an upgrade on existing systems.

Since being introduced in 2020, the Mini TouchScreen has been specified by a number of global hotel chains as their default controller for use in guest rooms. In addition to its ease of use, a further important benefit is the ease with which it can be cleaned and disinfected between occupations.

The contemporary unit’s colour-way can be customised to match room décor, with 30 contrasting backgrounds available to create different moods or messages. Clients can also customise the interface with their own corporate images, colours and logos by uploading images via the unit’s built-in USB connection.

The icons and functions displayed on the screen are determined during the set-up, according to the client’s preference. This feature overcomes a problem common to some traditional controllers in which all functions are visible but not all are accessible, leading to user frustration.

“The Series 2 adds significant functionality while retaining all the user benefits of the original. Enabling mainstream application in offices and commercial buildings – which require more sophisticated scheduling across the week,” said Fraser Hymas, TCUK’s Controls System Manager. “We believe that with this facility, combined with its contemporary design, customisability, ease of use and easy-to-clean screen, the pioneering controller will prove as attractive for use in offices and commercial buildings as it is in hotels,” he added.

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