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Hardware Review: 2010 Xenarc 700TSV TFT LCD Touch Screen Monitor

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by , 01-26-2010 at 12:30 PM (8666 Views)

What is it?

The Xenarc 700TSV is a 7-Inch 16:9 Widescreen VGA monitor with 5-wire resistive touch panel.

The Verdict:

The Xenarc 700TSV adds a few wrinkles to a product well-known for its outstanding quality. The addition of auto-brightness control is welcomed; however the lack of DVI certainly raises an eyebrow in 2010. The quality of the visuals on-screen somewhat makes up for this glaring omission.

See this product on the mp3Car Store HERE.



What’s in the box


The 700TSV comes with an instruction manual, VESA mount, an attachable stylus pointer, and a single-loom wire which includes connectors for USB, VGA input, 2 composite inputs, and an audio cable which connects to the built-in speaker. Also included are a home power supply, car cigarette lighter power supply, full function remote, and the touch screen driver CD.

Description:

The 700TSV is Xenarc’s latest entry in the 7-inch touch screen market. The company has an outstanding reputation for building high-quality displays, and the 700TSV is no exception. It’s a heavy screen, which usually indicates it’s solidly built to withstand harsh car PC environments. The 700TSV’s exterior design is built with both form and function, featuring solid tactile front buttons and a rear cable connector that keeps both power wires and input wires out of the way for fabricators.


The 700TSV allows for a near full-set of input connections. There is a VGA connector, 2 audio/video composite connectors, and an audio connector, which allows installers to run pc audio directly to the built-in speaker in the Xenarc. The speaker is 3 inches, so do not expect full-range audio, however it would be nice to be able to route GPS guidance prompts separate from your music. There are a few wires missing from the feature set, most notably a DVI connection. The majority of car PCs and PCs in general are shying away from VGA, so DVI should be included in all monitors in 2010. Also missing is an auxiliary connector allowing the 700TSV to automatically switch to an aux input, but this is forgivable as the first composite cable set have the feature built-in. So without the addition of DVI, you may be asking yourself what separates the 700TSV with Xenarcs prior offerings. The first new item is the presents of a light-sensor on the bottom front of the Xenarc panel.


This light sensor provides built-in brightness control. In my testing I found this sensor to work well. It provides a nice subtle change in brightness without any on-screen indicators getting in the way. However, I do wish the sensor dimmed the screen more during night-time operation. The brightness only appears to drop around 10%, and as a result the screen is still too bright at night.The most notable improvement may very well go unnoticed, but the 700TSV has an absolute beautiful display when compared to both Lilliput and Xenarc units in the past. The instructions call it “AISS- Advanced Image Scaling and Sharpness”. What this means to the average user is the images displayed on the 700TSV, both still and moving, are extremely crisp. When comparing this unit to my old 2008 Lilliput 629 I found the Xenarc display far more vivid. Edges are less jagged and it’s harder to spot the actual pixels at work.




The Positive:

• Top-notch display quality delivered from AISS
• Installation-friendly wiring
• Composite Input auto-switch
• 400:1 Contrast Ratio
• Native resolution of 800x480
• Auto-power on when VGA signal is detected
• Solid build, outstanding quality reputation

The Negative:

• No DVI input
• Only 1 composite connection can auto-switch
• Marginal sunlight-readability
• More expensive than competing brand’s product

The Verdict:

The Xenarc 700TSV adds a few wrinkles to a product well-known for its outstanding quality. The addition of auto-brightness control is welcomed; however the lack of DVI certainly raises an eyebrow in 2010. The quality of the visuals on-screen somewhat makes up for this glaring omission.

Specifications:
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colors: 18-bit (262, 144 Colors)
Native Resolution: 800x480px
VGA Modes: 640x480 to 1024x768
Contrast: 400:1
Inputs: VGA, 2 x Composite Video Optional, 1 x PC audio
Touch Panel: Resistive 5 wires.
Power Consumption: <12W
Dimensions: 7.72W x 4.88H x 1.42D
Operation Temperature:14°F to 140°F

See this product on the mp3Car Store HERE.

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Xenarc stole my money!!!!!!!!!! after over a 2 years of waiting!!!! they finally tell me my rma was sent out to me almost 1 year ago. to and address i no longer live at. it was sent with no receipt conformation. Jimmy (part owner he says) says o well, it is too long ago to claim on shipping insurance i should have talked to him sooner. I called these pricks every couple of months to get the same story. we have it, its being repaired, we will let you know....

so they claim to have sent it out in oct 09 but i have spoken to them since then and been told they still have it. They wont do anything to make it right. im out 700$$$$$$$$$ I hate these fucs so bad. i cant afford a loss like this. I have no recourse but to try to sue them. I advise everyone to never buy anything from theses people.

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What is it?

The Xenarc 700TSV is a 7-Inch 16:9 Widescreen VGA monitor with 5-wire resistive touch panel.

The Verdict:

The Xenarc 700TSV adds a few wrinkles to a product well-known for its outstanding quality. The addition of auto-brightness control is welcomed; however the lack of DVI certainly raises an eyebrow in 2010. The quality of the visuals on-screen somewhat makes up for this glaring omission.

See this product on the mp3Car Store HERE.



What’s in the box


The 700TSV comes with an instruction manual, VESA mount, an attachable stylus pointer, and a single-loom wire which includes connectors for USB, VGA input, 2 composite inputs, and an audio cable which connects to the built-in speaker. Also included are a home power supply, car cigarette lighter power supply, full function remote, and the touch screen driver CD.

Description:

The 700TSV is Xenarc’s latest entry in the 7-inch touch screen market. The company has an outstanding reputation for building high-quality displays, and the 700TSV is no exception. It’s a heavy screen, which usually indicates it’s solidly built to withstand harsh car PC environments. The 700TSV’s exterior design is built with both form and function, featuring solid tactile front buttons and a rear cable connector that keeps both power wires and input wires out of the way for fabricators.


The 700TSV allows for a near full-set of input connections. There is a VGA connector, 2 audio/video composite connectors, and an audio connector, which allows installers to run pc audio directly to the built-in speaker in the Xenarc. The speaker is 3 inches, so do not expect full-range audio, however it would be nice to be able to route GPS guidance prompts separate from your music. There are a few wires missing from the feature set, most notably a DVI connection. The majority of car PCs and PCs in general are shying away from VGA, so DVI should be included in all monitors in 2010. Also missing is an auxiliary connector allowing the 700TSV to automatically switch to an aux input, but this is forgivable as the first composite cable set have the feature built-in. So without the addition of DVI, you may be asking yourself what separates the 700TSV with Xenarcs prior offerings. The first new item is the presents of a light-sensor on the bottom front of the Xenarc panel.


This light sensor provides built-in brightness control. In my testing I found this sensor to work well. It provides a nice subtle change in brightness without any on-screen indicators getting in the way. However, I do wish the sensor dimmed the screen more during night-time operation. The brightness only appears to drop around 10%, and as a result the screen is still too bright at night.The most notable improvement may very well go unnoticed, but the 700TSV has an absolute beautiful display when compared to both Lilliput and Xenarc units in the past. The instructions call it “AISS- Advanced Image Scaling and Sharpness”. What this means to the average user is the images displayed on the 700TSV, both still and moving, are extremely crisp. When comparing this unit to my old 2008 Lilliput 629 I found the Xenarc display far more vivid. Edges are less jagged and it’s harder to spot the actual pixels at work.




The Positive:

• Top-notch display quality delivered from AISS
• Installation-friendly wiring
• Composite Input auto-switch
• 400:1 Contrast Ratio
• Native resolution of 800x480
• Auto-power on when VGA signal is detected
• Solid build, outstanding quality reputation

The Negative:

• No DVI input
• Only 1 composite connection can auto-switch
• Marginal sunlight-readability
• More expensive than competing brand’s product

The Verdict:

The Xenarc 700TSV adds a few wrinkles to a product well-known for its outstanding quality. The addition of auto-brightness control is welcomed; however the lack of DVI certainly raises an eyebrow in 2010. The quality of the visuals on-screen somewhat makes up for this glaring omission.

Specifications:
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colors: 18-bit (262, 144 Colors)
Native Resolution: 800x480px
VGA Modes: 640x480 to 1024x768
Contrast: 400:1
Inputs: VGA, 2 x Composite Video Optional, 1 x PC audio
Touch Panel: Resistive 5 wires.
Power Consumption: <12W
Dimensions: 7.72W x 4.88H x 1.42D
Operation Temperature:14°F to 140°F

See this product on the mp3Car Store HERE.