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    I know I am new, so please don't flame me to search! I have been reading for a few weeks on here and my car forum (mx-3.com) and I am debating starting a Car-pc project! I am not new to computers, but I am new to car-pcs.

    I do not want a single or double din monitor to try to "drop right in" to be car - even if I did, it doesn't exist really.

    I'm looking for a 7 or 8" touchscreen monitor that will fit within my dash trim. I have 7.5"W X 5"H before I need to start trimming, and the MAX I could go is 8" x 5.5" (don't want to make a whole new trim piece, but a bezel would be fine.) I also live in northern NY where -20C is common in winter, therefore I need a monitor that will perform in colder climates.

    I am looking to spend no more than $400 or so on the monitor, so even though I'd love a transflective, it's not quite in my budget. I would prefer an 8" over a 7" (which seems to limit my options) because I believe I have the room for it, and everyone says that 8" screens are FAR better to use.

    Here are some of the options I have found:
    8" TM8200 from onvon (I know I can get this from gooddeals, but there were alot of complaints about customer service here)
    http://www.onvon.com/inch-touch-scre...f48e53243aa575
    Has good resolution, contrast, view angle and operating temperature.

    Phylon 8" Open frame
    http://www.logicsupply.com/products/800tpc_l_of
    Same pros as above, slightly more expensive and doesn't come w/ IR sensor/remote. (I can build one for the computer anyway) I havn't found alot of info on this brand, however.

    8" Lilliput 809GL (LED)
    http://store.mp3car.com/Lilliput_809..._p/mon-005.htm

    7" Lilliput 629GL (LED)
    http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...ctCode=MON-016

    I know there are others, but these are the ones that have jumped out at me. As I said, I will be removing the screens from them and I am undecided if I want to use buttons or not - I will decide that after I pick a monitor.

    I did not list xenarc because the descriptions say operating temperature is above freezing. If I am incorrect please tell me. I know lilliput has alot of people complaining about touchscreens dying after 1-2 years. I believe that's an inexpensive fix, as long as I make sure the screen is removable from my bezel. Right now the cheapest one is my favorite because it seems to have good reviews, and because its 1/2 the price of all the others! Please feel free to recommend more that fit my criteria.

    **I also read that touchscreens aren't always the best way to go, and that your setup will last longer if you get a regular TFT and hook up a mouse/controller w/ buttons and a keyboard. I am not opposed to this, and may do this ON TOP of the touchscreen, but I like the idea of having a touchscreen, since I've never owned one.


    Thanks for looking, please help me!

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