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Hardware Review: Intelmatic XF700 Industrial Sunlight Readable Touch Screen Monitor

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by , 12-26-2009 at 07:52 AM (6872 Views)
What is it?

The Inelmatic XF700 is a 7” 16:9 high-brightness touch-screen monitor. This monitor has multiple output options, transflective technologies, and a unique and optimized form-factor.

The Verdict:


The Inelmatic XF700 is a well thought-out piece of automotive computing hardware. From the screen to the shell you can tell Inelmatic designed it for Car PC use. If it can survive the name-recognition of competing devices, I truly believe there is a new “best of class” in the 7” touch-screen market.

See this product on the mp3Car Store here.

What’s in the box?


The XF700 comes with an instruction manual, VESA mount, an attachable stylus pointer, and a unique single-loom wire which includes connectors for power, USB, VGA input, composite input, S-Video input, rear camera input, and a current-sensing auto-switch wire.

Description:


The XF700 is the latest of the high-brightness touch-friendly monitors to hit the mobile computer scene. Upon opening the box and getting the monitor in my hands, I immediately noticed how solid the monitor feels. This indicates to me that the build quality should be stellar and that the XF700 could potentially be built to withstand the harsh automotive environments. Another improvement that immediately stood out is the single-wire design. There is only a single wire protruding from the back of the XF700. The wire is flexible, and sticks out of the rear of the unit, allowing for greater installation flexibility than most competitors offer. This wire then latches securely to its counterpart, which allows an array of connection methods. The XF700 offers VGA inputs, 2 sets of composite video inputs, 1 set of audio inputs, a separate rear camera input, and for even greater flexibility the manufacturer has included a single wire current-sensing switch wire. In fact, the only connection method that seems to be missing is DVI. Powering the device is more flexible than its competition as well, as the XF700 allows any power source from 9-30VDC. This removes the requirement of a stable 12v source.



Of course, the most important feature of any touch-screen monitor is what’s on the screen, and XF700 shines through in this regard. The touch-screen is transflective and appears to shy away dust and fingerprints better than competing units. Installation of the touch-screen is plug-and-play, and the software which controls the touch-screen is the same as the Lilliput and Xenarc units. The high-brightness of the LCD provides a crisp and beautiful display even in direct sunlight. The 629 Lilliput in my car couldn’t come close to matching the brightness and image quality of the XF700.


Even my “sunlight readable” Acer laptop doesn’t match the quality of the XF700 in the brightest conditions.


The native resolution of the XF700 is 800x480, however it seems to handle 800x600 and even 1024x768 without much hassle. The display quality is the best I’ve seen to date within the 7” monitor market.


The XF700 has several buttons on the front, which at first detract from the beauty of its design. However, I find the buttons work better in the car than those of the Lilliput and Xernarc devices. They sit flush on the frame of the monitor, and provide a very tactile “click” each time a button is pressed. The buttons do things like power the display, toggle the built-in 3-step gamma, and open up the on-screen menu. This menu allows far more customization than competing units.

The Positive:


• High-quality beautiful display even in direct sunlight
• Installation-friendly wiring
• Built-in rear camera support, with multiple auto-switch options
• Easy to use 3 stage gamma
• 500:1 contrast ratio
• Native resolution of 800x480 • Auto-power on when VGA signal is detected
• Flexible wiring options
• Shock and vibration resistant for reliable car installations

The Negative:


• No DVI input
• Still has the bright blue “No VGA” screen at upon powering the device
• No remote control?

The Verdict:


The Inelmatic XF700 is a well thought-out piece of automotive computing hardware. From the screen to the shell you can tell Inelmatic designed it for Car PC use. If it can survive the name-recognition of competing devices, I truly believe there is a new “best of class” in the 7” touch-screen market.

Specifications:

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Colors: 256k Native Resolution: 800x480px VGA Modes: 640x480 to 1024x768 Contrast: 500:1 Inputs: VGA, 2 x Composite Video Optional Audio: 2 x 1W (stereo) Touch Panel: Resistive 4 wires. Endurance >2M Touch. Optional 5 wires Power Supply: 9-30VDC automotive car/truck suitable Power Consumption: 6W Dimensions: 183x125x31mm Dimensions (screen): 152x94mm Enclosure: Aluminum chassis/rear. PVC-ABS front Operation Temperature: -20°C to 70°C Max (-10°C to 60°C continuous) Vibrations: 1G 2-500Hz Shock: 20G 11ms Drop: 10cm Max

See this product on the mp3Car Store here.

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we also produce similar touchscreen monitors www.lilliput.cc www.zzlilliput.com
I agree with that. I bought an AG screen cover for my iPad, it kind of washes out a bit. Without it, it reflects objects, but it feels deeper, and the sun reflected directly stll let's you see what's on the screen elsewhere...hard to explain, but I think something similar happens here.
I wish I could afford to try out the XF700. My Transflective and Optically Bonded upgraded lilliput still washes out in the sun.

I think it still comes down to the following:
-Transflective glare finish screen readable under brighter sun, will reflect objects in front of it
-Transflective matte finish, anti-glare doesn't appear glossy, doesn't reflect objects but still has some wash-out.