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    I know this is a very general post but me and a friend of mine have been discussing WHY I would want a carPC if I already have a head unit with a interface, bluetooth, gps, usb, hard drive, video ins and outs....

    He is trying to convince me that a carpc is better but can't really explain "why".

    Is there really any reason other than possibly monitoring car diagnostics? (which my car already does with a factory lcd).

    Other than this looking fun as hell to do and making it look unique is there any reason someone should install a carPC?

    Basically what does your carPC do that my current system wont?

  • #2
    It's fun to add stuff and you can easily upgrade and it can look the way you want to. In my case, it does not replace the headunit (I like the BT, NAV and trip/fuel computer built in my OEM unit); but it adds things like a custom look, big screen and 750GB of storage for 3 rows of independent entertainment in the truck.

    I wouldn't like to spend $1500K on a cool headunit to see it abandoned a couple years later. My 2007 Core2Duo with a 64GB SSD unit started running XP and it's now running Win7 and I'm sure it's ready for Win8. Started running roadrunner then CF 2.0, then RideRunner, then CF 3.6 and who knows what in 2013...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post

      I wouldn't like to spend $1500K on a cool headunit to see it abandoned a couple years later.
      I don't think any of us want to drop 1.5 million on a headunit either...
      LOL!!

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      • #5
        For me, it's because my current head unit (JVC KD NX-5000) only holds ~16GB of music, not to mention it's very slow in uploading the music, which also needs to be done 4.7GB at a time from DVD R's... the LCD screen is only 3", the Bluetooth randomly stops working (and it was a $100 add-on piece!), the Navigation is sub-par and costs more than it should to update, never mind updating it looses all my settings in the head unit (wallpaper/equalizer/etc.). Oh and not to forget the customization I can do on my PC (WiFi access, full internet browser, up-gradable hardware/software and I can choose my own wallpaper! lol)
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        • #6
          Typically, if you have to ask the question "What would a carpc do that my current system wouldn't?" to be convinced to install a carpc, then it's not for you. You'll quickly tire of the constant tinkering, and move on to either using your phone in your car, or an expensive head unit.

          That being said, it really is a tinkerer's hobby. It's all about doing unique and interesting things in a unusual fashion, for very cool results. But it's a lot of work, and usually not for those who are looking for an end product to do a specific task. That is better left to single purpose devices like a head unit.
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          • #7
            Originally posted by Diablo2424 View Post
            For me, it's because my current head unit (JVC KD NX-5000) only holds ~16GB of music, not to mention it's very slow in uploading the music, which also needs to be done 4.7GB at a time from DVD R's... the LCD screen is only 3", the Bluetooth randomly stops working (and it was a $100 add-on piece!), the Navigation is sub-par and costs more than it should to update, never mind updating it looses all my settings in the head unit (wallpaper/equalizer/etc.). Oh and not to forget the customization I can do on my PC (WiFi access, full internet browser, up-gradable hardware/software and I can choose my own wallpaper! lol)
            Oh yeah, forgot about those nav updates...too bad there's nothing really good pc alternative, I think.
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            07 Infiniti Fx35 (done!) & 06 Infiniti M35 (gone...)

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Enforcer View Post
              Why not?
              exactly what i was thinking entering this thread.

              look at a carpc as the techie version of adding aftermarket wheels, turbo's or exhaust upgrades to a car-- all of us here love tinkering with cars, and usually felt that there was something that all head units lacked that the carpc could improve on..(i do audio processing that would require at least $800 worth of dsp's, and can store my entire audio collection in car-- so i never "forgot to copy that one song"..)
              My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
              "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


              next project? subaru brz
              carpc undecided

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              • #9
                For me:

                1 - always wanted the badass factor
                2 - storage space is only limited by the media YOU decide to use
                3 - not paying $250+ for map updates
                4 - access to media, in the car
                5 - access to internet, in the car
                6 - bragging rights, when the install is "done"

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Ryven View Post
                  6 - bragging rights, when the install is "done"
                  at what point do you ever finish?!?
                  My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                  "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                  next project? subaru brz
                  carpc undecided

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                    all of us here love tinkering with cars,
                    Not anymore.. oh my aching back...

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                    • #13
                      they make pills for that!
                      My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                      "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                      next project? subaru brz
                      carpc undecided

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                        at what point do you ever finish?!?
                        by "done" I mean looking like it belongs in the car and functional

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                        • #15
                          networking and alot

                          I enjoy pulling up to my place and from my car accessing my media server(wirelessly) and copying my new movies and songs into my car pc hard drive or doing it in the morning then can listen and watch them throughout the day. I also work out my car alot and clock in and out online and edit timesheets and work order and can do this anywhere(using an air card or phone (tether and wireless tether)). Now tell me a car that can let me clock in and out with a factory or aftermarket radio.

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