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Hardware Review: Mini Touch 700 7" Touchscreen Monitor

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by , 11-04-2010 at 10:31 AM (12240 Views)

What is it?

The Mini Touch 700 is a first generation 7-inch touchscreen TFT VGA display.

The Verdict:

The Mini Touch 700 should definitely be considered when searching for a new 7" VGA display. This new screen packs in most all of the features found on Xenarc and Lilliput units, and goes a step above by ensuring that 800x480 native resolution is available without hassle.



What's in the box?

The Mini Touch 700 is boxed with everything you will find included with a Lilliput and more. Included is the 7" Touchscreen, VESA mount, home and car power supplies, cables for USB, VGA, and composite audio/video. Also included are the touchscreen driver cd (uses the same drivers as lillput/xenarcs do), stylus pen, and a nice headrest shroud that the monitor fits right into.


Description:

It is always nice when new items are produced that fit directly into the car PC realm, and the Mini Touch 700 is just that. The Mini Touch was designed specifically for use in a car. The creators made sure to include most all of the latest bells and whistles available on competing touchscreen units. The Mini Touch 700 has automatic power-on and automatic backup camera switching (it actually has two different options for auto-switching). It's missing the automatic brightness control via an ambient light sensor that the Xenarc 700TSV has, but there are plenty of software options which overcome this omission.


Being that the Mini Touch is designed for car PC use, the designers put an emphasis on creating a clear and crisp display, and the Mini Touch shines here. The display uses a true 450 Nit LCD with LED backlight, and the Mini Touch 700 is definitely brighter than competing units.


With a 500:1 contrast ratio, the screen is as beautiful as you will find in the car PC arena. The designers went above just having a clear display though. Another nod to the effort put into the screen being car PC friendly is the fact that it uses a video chip which allows a true native 800x480 resolution. If your video card drivers support 800x480, the Mini Touch will display in 800x480, no guesswork, no custom driver hacks needed.


Now with most first-generation devices there are usually problems or bugs that present themselves over the course of time. In my extended testing, which covered roughly 6 months, I had no problems at all with the Mini Touch 700. There was no flickering, no image ghosting, and the unit seemed to have no problem with differences in temperature. My only real gripe with the Mini Touch 700 is the lack of DVI/HDMI. With VGA slowly phasing its way out of the market and more and more touchscreen devices including HDMI, I feel like a new product should factor those options in. Then again, if they included HDMI output in the first-generation, what's to look forward to in the second generation?

The Positive:

• Brightness and crisp display, about the best you'll find with analog video
• Includes most all the features found in competing devices• Included headrest shroud makes it a breeze to fabricate into a dashboard
• True 800x480 compatibility
• New product from a new company. Car PCs arent all tablets yet!

The Negative:

• No HDMI input option
• Potentially limited replacement part capability should the need exist.

The Verdict:

The Mini Touch 700 should definitely be considered when searching for a new 7" VGA display. This new screen pacts in most all of the features found on Xenarc and Lilliput units, and goes a step above by ensuring that 800x480 native resolution is available without hassle.

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Updated 11-04-2010 at 02:33 PM by Sonicxtacy02

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Quote Originally Posted by theonlykid View Post
To everyone who has been waiting for the Mini Touch H bracket and DIY double DIN kit to become available I am sorry for the delay. The H brackets are now listed here.
I will have the DIY kits up as soon as I am done editing some pics. We will have 3 versions of the kit for sale.
The basic kit will have everything you need to build a monitor out, but will not include a H bracket or Double DIN frame. It is intended for people who want to do something totally custom.
The second kit will include all of the monitor parts and the custom H bracket. It is intended for users who already own the Bybyte frame, but want to use it with the Mini Touch 700.
The third kit will be the complete one with all monitor parts, H bracket, and Double DIN frame w/ USB port.
If you dont want to do it yourself we will have an assembled one as well.


the only kid,
I am interested in building a car pc for a 2008 Impreza. Thinking of using the 700 kit. I have ordered the Scorsche SU2027 DD installation kit, however which Mini Touch 700kit would you recommend, and advise what frame I would need to hold the screen in place and eliminate gaps.

PS. I would not be using the ByByte box as this would not fit in the opening and possible overhang.

Thanks in advance.
Quote Originally Posted by StevePER View Post
Does anyone know the appropriate modelines to get this monitor to work at 800x480 in Linux? Would it be the same as for the Xenarc 700 series (described here)?
To answer my own question, I experimented with modelines from a few different websites and there were several that seemed to work well. This is one of them:
Modelin "800x480" 31.746 800 864 944 1000 480 508 511 525 -hsync -vsync
Has anyone tried using the minitouch in a mechatroniks frame?