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Thread: Opinion on some monitors, and a few questions about TFT's.

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    I would avoid the LinITX transflective. Mine was defective. It flickered, and just looked utterly terrible.

    I had to pay $150 to ship it back to the UK (the cheapest I could find to get it sent back,) and then they told me nothing was wrong with it. I cut my losses and got a refund. Still, I lost nearly the price of a cheap VGA display. I definitely don't recommend buying overseas. If I had known what trouble LinITX would be, I would have definitely spenet the $100 extra and gone with MP3Car.com

    On that same note, do Transflective displays look noticably CRAPPIER than normal displays? This one looked dull, not bright, colors were AWFUL, and the touch screen seemed to cause a glare... and I never even took it outside...

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    Transflective screens look much much more better and crispier then a regular screen. The touchscreen will not provide any glare at all. I had one person mention that the screen actually got brighter the more sun it received.

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    I would suggest the Xenarc 700TSV however I have not had the opportunity to use a transflective because of the price. The Xenarc is viewable in the bright sun with the brightness turned up to max (99) and I have zero problems seeing it so I see no point in moving to a transflective. This would save you a lot of money and should work fine. Plus it is 5 wire which basically means touches are more accurate (whoopty) but also it allows for more touches over its lifetime. Tochscreens are rated at a finite number of touches over their life so watch that. Also it is CCFL which you mentioned works down to 0 celsius but I've had mine in Calgary for 2 winters and the screen fired up at -40 celsius (12 degrees fahrenheight) without any problems at all. I also had it in Atlanta last summer in the same car and it fired up at 40-45 celsius without issues, it's bulletproof. I couldn't touch the screen because it burned my fingers but it worked.
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    How do those $299 LED models compare to the Transflective screens?

    I got so burned on the transflective that I don't know if I can muster up the courage to buy a $600-$700 unit again. $300 is much more reasonable, even if I lose it in DIRECT sunlight, (even my OLED Pioneer does that.)

    The store notes say that the LED models offer a higher brightness... hrm...

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    The Lilliput 629 LED backlit is much brighter and can be seen fairly well in sunlight. The issue is when direct sunlight hits it, it basically becomes unreadable. The same thing will happen when light colored clothing or such is in direct view of the screen.

    I thought that aftermarket systems didn't have this, but I checked and they are the same thing, so you should expect the same results.

    What screen do you have right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabworks View Post
    The Lilliput 629 LED backlit is much brighter and can be seen fairly well in sunlight. The issue is when direct sunlight hits it, it basically becomes unreadable. The same thing will happen when light colored clothing or such is in direct view of the screen.

    I thought that aftermarket systems didn't have this, but I checked and they are the same thing, so you should expect the same results.

    What screen do you have right now?

    I got such a bad taste in my mouth from the LinITX screen that I don't have a screen right now. I have an OPUS case, Intel 945 Atom board/CPU, RAM, 250GB 2.5" SATA drive... basically everything I need, but the screen.

    I can't decide if maybe I should do some sort of windshield mount screen, because if we have sunlight problems, even with LED, I can do a big suction-cup type setup, and angle it when the sun hits it.

    Actually, I have never had an issue with my TomTom having sunlight problems, because it's so high up...

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