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  1. 7 Inch USB Touchscreen Showdown

    by , 10-06-2011 at 11:51 AM
    In this second series comparing the latest 7" touchscreens we have the Xenarc 700TSU, the Mimo 720f 2G, and the Lilliput UM70C/T USB connected monitors. Check out the video below to assist you in deciding if a USB touchscreen is right for you and which one should you currently consider.

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

    by , 01-26-2010 at 01:30 PM

    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:
  4. CES 2009 - Interview with Xenarc

    by , 01-10-2009 at 12:37 PM


    We sit down with Xenarc to find out what happened in 2008 and what the future holds for 2009. Like other large companies, Xenarc has decided to opt out of buying a booth this year.

    Transcript of the interview is online here:

    Rob Wray: Hi, my name is Rob with MP3 Car. We’re here at CES 2009, and I’m sitting down with Jason Huang from Xenarc. We’re talking about new products, things that happened last year, things that are happening next year. So you’ve got a couple of new monitors coming out. You’ve got an 8” and a 10”. Give us some details about what’s happening.

    Jason Huang: Sure. Anyone who’s familiar with our 706 TSA, it’s a DVI 7” screen with a separate input box. We’re launching an 8” and a 10.2 that basically implements the same technologies, so you’re going to have separate input boxes and you’re going to have the DVI input along with your VGA composite video and USB. All on a separate input box.

    Rob Wray: We’re hoping to get both of those samples in February sometime where we can do some more video and writing about how will they compare to previous models, and things like that.

    Jason Huang: I’ve seen them firsthand, and the picture quality on these monitors are significantly better than the previous generation monitors.

    Rob Wray: That’s great. Yeah.

    Jason Huang: And we’ll still be offering those other monitors as well, so those will still be available. This is an addition to our line.

    Rob Wray: How much of a price increase do you expect over the newer?

    Jason Huang: Well, what we’re actually looking to do is a slight price increase over what you’re currently paying for those size screens, and then there’s going to be a slight price reduction actually in the current line, and that’s going to be helpful for everybody.

    Rob Wray: Oh, that’s great. So I’ve heard a bunch of things about orders being slow for you guys in the middle of the summer. You’ve got some factory things. What’s happening?

    Jason Huang: Yeah. Business was good but in terms of turnaround and getting product out the door, we had a factory go down in Asia that does the assembly for like three different models of our screens.

    Rob Wray: Right.

    Jason Huang: And that held us up really bad.

    Rob Wray: Right.

    Jason Huang: We were backordered for about three to four months.

    Rob Wray: Right.

    Jason Huang: So now we’re back up and running. We’ve got all the parts in the new factory, and we’re at 100% right now.

    Rob Wray: Lots of new stuff on the way it sounds like, too.

    Jason Huang: Yeah. Definitely.

    Rob Wray: Alright, well thanks a lot for taking the time to chat with us today.

    Jason Huang: Thank you.

    [End of Audio]

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:40 PM by optikalefx

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  5. July 30th - Xenarc 706TSA Launched

    by , 08-01-2008 at 09:50 AM
    Most of you know how aggravating proper placement of wires can be. Fret no more, the guys at Xenarc have engineered a way to make life a little easier for you. Xenarc's new 706TSA monitor has just been added to the Mp3Car store. This little guy sets a new benchmark in the mobile computing industry. It flaunts an automotive grade 650 nit lcd panel capable of displaying resolutions up to 1600 X 1200. New features include: an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness, mirror / vertical flip, a sturdy brushed aluminum bezel, LVDS signal processing; most importantly, an external input box that sends power and picture to the unit all in one cable. The box allows input from VGA or DVI along with 2 additional video inputs and 3 audio inputs. The 706TSA is the right product for those of you who strive for the perfect mobile computing solution. For more information see the 706TSAProduct Description.
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