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    My transflective upgrade - CTF700-SH w/comparisons

    I, like many others, have put up with a glary and sun-destroyed screen for too long.

    After much research and pondering, I finally made the jump and purchased my first transflective screen.

    Many options were out there, but the winner and final decision for me was the CarTFT CTF700-SH.

    I'd like to share some comparisons to my old screen, and show just how awesome this new one is.

    For reference, my old screen is a Lilliput EBY701..



    (Click the thumbnails for a LARGER version of the picture)



    Here is the old screen, powered off to show normal reflection.


    Mirror anyone?


    With PC on... and indirect bright sun.


    The next three shots show a direct light comparison of the old and new displays.


    Once again, mirror reflection


    CTF700-SH. Scatters light very well!


    Here is an outdoor shot, with the sun hitting them both pretty hard


    Reflection comparison


    Installed!


    This is the most glare I could pick up at the time. Amazing visibility!!!



    Some final thoughts..

    1) I HIGHLY recommend the CTF700-SH screen. It has amazing visibility even in direct sunlight (I have seen it in very bright conditions not pictured here, and it performs extremely well).

    2) The only problem I have had is with fingerprints, which show up when the sun is hitting the screen. Wiping it with a glasses/screen cloth fixes it quickly and easily.

    3) The case is larger than what I had been used to, so it may not fit everyone's current setup. It doesn't fit quite as well as my lilliput did, but I may tinker with that later.... works fine for now.

    If I manage to snap some better bright conditions I will update this thread...

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    Seems to be performing quite well! I currently have the Xenarc 700-TSV and am looking to upgrade to transfeflective. In doing my research, it seems that the MAIN two choices we have (for 7" screens) are the CarTFT CTF700-SH, or the LinITX Transreflective. What made you choose the CarTFT over the LinITX? I am actually also leaning towards the CarTFT, but I don't know if it is necessarily better.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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    It was my understanding that I wouldn't be able to get anything from LinITX shipped to the US. If that's not true then I was mistaken..

    But really I had seen some shots on mp3car of the CarTFT screen, and it looked to really be exactly what I was looking for. Sunlight readable, to me at least, is a pretty high point and finding anything that goes beyond that was just not in my interest. In addition to the posts here, CarTFT has a really neat road test they did and their shots were very convincing as well.

    Here is that road test: http://www.cartft.com/community/Story/death_valley/

    Taken from their pics... This is pretty much as bad as it gets (as long as you wipe the fingerprints off)! http://www.cartft.com/community/Stor...thValley_8.jpg

    All in all, let's just say that I am extremely satisfied (and that's a good thing considering it had to ship from Germany!)

    I had a very bright drive today, sun hitting my screen head on.... and I could perfectly read it. I had heard from others about how this screen looked as good in the sun as their old one did in the shade. Let me tell you it's damn close

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    Thanks for the quick reply. One more question, which I don't know if you'd be able to answer, but do you know the actual dimensions of the LCD itself? I plan on replacing my Xenarc 700-SV, which fits PERFECTLY in the OEM nav location in my car. So I'm hoping you may be able to tell me the dimensions, though I doubt it since you didn't open it up. But know knows, you may have stumbled upon it while doing your research! If it's the same as Xenarc, I will be swapping mine soon!
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    As fortune would have it, I have it all taken apart on my kitchen table at the moment... I'm trying to flush mount it into my dash. I'll get you some measurements this evening.

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    Oh that would be wonderful! Definitely looking forward to it! If you can take pictures next to a metric ruler that would be even better!

    Thanks again!
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    Oh man...I just read my last post and realized I had so many typos! Glad you were still able to decipher what I was trying to ask!
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    I can take pictures if you'd like... not sure if I have a metric ruler around here though.

    To the best of my ability, the dimension of the screen (this is without the frame) is ~6.5" wide by ~4.125" tall

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    Quote Originally Posted by utd09bry View Post
    I can take pictures if you'd like... not sure if I have a metric ruler around here though.

    To the best of my ability, the dimension of the screen (this is without the frame) is ~6.5" wide by ~4.125" tall


    Do you have a any pictures of the inside of the casing or the dismantled screen ?

    I would like to know if the controller board is the same size as the screen panel and if the buttons on the bottom reside on a separate pcb.
    I have a mazda6 motorized screen mount that can accept a screen size of 168mm x 105mm and I'd like to know if this would fit in.
    The buttons I don't need since everything can be adjusted using the remote control.
    The road is long but we are getting there.

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    yeah i do have some pictures... i meant to post them a while ago. ill update this evening

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