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    Hi guys, so I'm starting up a tour company and I have a 15 passenger van. I am putting a monitor in every row, including one in the driver and passenger seat.

    I have a professional doing the install. I am deciding between this 8" http://www.cartft.com/catalog/il/1158

    or this 10"
    http://www.cartft.com/catalog/il/1022

    Is there any problems choosing the 10" that is not open frame? My installer should have no problems taking this sucker apart and making it work right?

    I am really concerned that the 8" might be too small so I am thinking of going with the 10" but obviously it's not open frame. These would go in the back of seats as I mentioned. These are for playing movies, many of which would be widescreen which is why, once it's letterboxed, might be too small in the 8" ? Thoughts? Plus the 10" isn't much more money, so why not go bigger?

    These are transflective monitors which I have never dealt with. For those who have seen these or have this, is there any problem seeing these from a slight angle? In other words, picture 3 people sitting next to each other in a van. The monitor would be directly in front of the middle person. Any problems with the person to the left and to the right seeing the screen?

    Thanks guys!!

  • #2
    I assume you're just displaying information on the screens? Do oyu need the touch-screen functionality?

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    • #3
      Correct. Video and still images. I do not need the touch screen. If I take the touch screen out, what do I gain? Better glare visibility?

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      • #4
        Touch screen vs. non touch will have a fairly big impact on readability and increases the cost by quite a bit.

        Grab a couple of laptops, one with a glossy screen and one with a matte screen and see which one you like best in the van.

        My experience is that the glossy screen will be easier to read as it doesn't wash out like the matte screen but will reflect more of the objects in front of it.


        Best thing to do is try first before you buy anything and see what works best for you.

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        • #5
          Thanks. There are really no other choices for transflective monitors, except touch screen, which I 100% need because my van is a convertible! All the transflective monitors are touch screens that I have seen. If I could lose the touch screen capabilites and save money I would do it in a heartbeat, but I need the transflective more than I need to save money.

          Anyone have any answers to my questions in the first post?

          Thanks for the input sebberry

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          • #6
            The 8” LED backlight Wide screen unit is the one I have. Great side angle view, absolutely NO reflection under any condition and perfectly readable in direct sunlight even though I run the brightness at only 70%.

            Brilliant rich colours and great contrast, looks a good as my High end 24” PC screen with movies and pictures.

            When put next to normal and LED backlit laptops there is no contest, the Laptop's become almost unreadable due to light and reflections in bright conditions.
            Palm sized ainol MiniPC, 8" Transreflective PRO, Win10, Reverse camera, Dual 10HZ GPS RX's for Speed Display & Sat Nav, FM-DAB & Phone Modules, iDrive interface. T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, microcode and FE.

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            • #7
              I haven't tried that 8" one.

              I do however have a 7" transflective screen and the performance was somewhat disappointing next to my laptop:

              http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p...y/IMGP7459.jpg

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              • #8
                Strange how that screen is blue. That is impossible to do on mine. Its only black and blacker or is something else going on in the picture?

                Seeing that picture would have put me off getting one, I do see a few people complaining about it though as various methods used for transreflective screens have varying results.

                I can only say that mine is just brilliant.
                Palm sized ainol MiniPC, 8" Transreflective PRO, Win10, Reverse camera, Dual 10HZ GPS RX's for Speed Display & Sat Nav, FM-DAB & Phone Modules, iDrive interface. T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, microcode and FE.

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                • #9
                  Supposedly that's the anti-reflective/anti-glare treatment turning blue/purple like that.

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                  • #10
                    Wow that does look terrible. Not like any I have seen in photos or video demos. If mine looks anything like that my tour business is dead before it begins.

                    Mickz, did you get yours from cartft.com? I hope so!

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                    • #11
                      I would go with the 10" IF it's really as good as the 8" (apparently it is, but you could check with them just in case?). It's going to be in a convertible? Don't you need weather protection? Something like this?

                      http://www.sunlightlcd.com/12inch-lc...in-one-pc.html

                      If this is overkill, you could check the site. Lot's of high brightness (1000nits) displays there, open frame or not, some can be optically bonded ($$$) if you so wish. No money/problems with touchscreen if you don't need it.
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                      • #12
                        Hey lets not get crazy with the price, I need to buy 5 of these suckers!! LOL! I think $600-$800 each is topping out for me!

                        I'm only slightly concerned about the elements, mostly the sun. Will these suckers overheat in the So. Cal Summer?? That is the big question! I hope not! I can always have a canopy installed like some other vans down here and that shade should do the trick, but I really won't know until I get out there this summer. I prefer no canopy. Being in So. Cal we only get 30 days or less of rain a year so the tours will just be rained out on those days. These topless vans are pretty much everywhere in Hollywood and when they get rained out, they get rained out.

                        I am the first however to install monitors in a topless van as I have a unique tour idea.

                        Thanks for all the responses everyone.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Crow331 View Post
                          Mickz, did you get yours from cartft.com? I hope so!
                          Yes I did and it appears to run very cool.
                          Palm sized ainol MiniPC, 8" Transreflective PRO, Win10, Reverse camera, Dual 10HZ GPS RX's for Speed Display & Sat Nav, FM-DAB & Phone Modules, iDrive interface. T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, microcode and FE.

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                          • #14
                            We have a little less pricey option (although still fairly pricey) we just added to our store:

                            Inelmatic Industrial Grade 10.4" TFT-LCD Sunlight Readable Touch Screen Monitor XF1000

                            Color and brightness are great in almost all lighting conditions. Direct sunlight presents a small amount of glare, although it's not unbearable.
                            These monitors are extremely durable and can operate in a -30C to 80C environment for short periods of time and -20C to 60C continuously.
                            Unlike a lot of "sunlight readable" monitors, the viewing ange is actually very good. The pictures on the product page show right and left viewing angles.
                            We've always been very impressed with Inelmatic's build quality and reliability.
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                            • #15
                              ????

                              The one you have is actually almost twice the price, plus it's 4x3 and I need 16x9 but thanks for posting it for comparison

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