wow, and MSRP is just over $1000. Thats a good deal w/ little or no fuss.
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when they get smart enough to add web browsing to these mm heads, the need for a carpc will go way down.... it's probably only a matter of time, I mean even the psp can browse, these can't be far behind....
I love my alpine mm head, & it almost does enough to not need the pc, but internet is the biggest thing missing.... & a basic need I would say
Thats still a great deal, I dont care what anyone says....
Yes, Ill agree with the fact that you cant compare it with our setups and our carputers, but thats not really a fair comparison. This, for being a head unit, looks great and looks like it has a decent amount of features.... I really like the Video part of the iPod interface... That sounds neat. And Divx off of CD-Rs? Come on guys, thats pretty cool
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usually, a unit like this will do what it does at least as good as a carpc does those things, but in a very simplistic way..., could you imagine a carpc that booted in like 3 seconds, directly into a front end that never has any bugs, never has any problems... goes from am/FM to DVD, nav & whatever effortlessly... always there & always works.... this is what even the best front end is trying to emulate/simulate really to a certain extent at least...
the 2 arguments against them are the PC can do more & the PC can do it for less... these are both valid, but.... these are much easier... you can actually do the whole thing in one afternoon & then not have to screw with it for problems from there most cases.. the cost of a PC is usually months worth of work & then more months of tweaking & playing...
part of me enjoys the challenge & total customizing possibilities & individuality a carpc brings, but part of me wants a buy it, install it & just use it type deal too...
plus, there getting cheaper & cheaper... I love my carpc but i love my alpine mm head too.... the best would be an alpine with a high resolution screen that does web browsing... I mean of course it's still limited & can't do tons of things a PC can, but most other things are done just cause they can be... if I could get a system that just drops in & does everything perfect with great web interface, I could easily do without a carpc at all I think..
I always did my carpc's cause it was the only way to really get all I want.... If a drop in solution did everything I wanted, I would probably not even use a pc.... sure there would still be some things I'd miss, but the never finished part isn't one of them
I do agree that a unit like this may never really give a usable enough interface for use while driving in it's as-sold form & the liabilities & lawsuits may always keep a carpc a necessity ... they may allow web browsing while parked though, & if it's as easy to buypass as it is now for video, then it'd be fine.....