Some transflective options
So I was doing some research as I'm looking for a transflective screen bigger than 7", 9-10" range would work best, but with the right specs I could settle for an 8.4".
What is transflective? Simplest way to explain:
That means, a 200nit screen is suddenly 1200nit, thanks to the sun light - very smart that. However, if the original LCD panel is crap, it won't handle the extra light, it will wash out and the constrast will be gone. Blacks will be bright also.
Also being transflective does not help viewing angles at all, so if you're screen is crap when viewing at an angle, boosting brightness won't help.
Very hard to find something new in the market - dominated by Lilliput, the darling of all transflective transformations. There's the Inelmatic one which seems to be very cool, seems to be the only non-lilliput option. But it's also 7" and I'm not interested in 7" right now.
I did search mp3car forums before each model listed below, and didn't find any thread about them, so here it goes:
1. Revo-sys SR10, introduced Nov 15th 2010:
Revosys has some crappy looking screens in their stable, but this is a new one, and it looks very interesting: (Btw, they also have a 7" transflective that looks a lot like the Inelmatic one...only cheaper).
Revosys SR10 Transflective 10.4 Inch High-Grade VGA Touch Screen Monitor - The absolute best of the best in high-performance transflective LCD monitors. High-grade SR-series LCD monitors feature durable construction with an IP65 water-resistant front panel rating. The long-lasting (70,000hours+) IPS LCD panel provides an ultra wide-viewing angle. This monitor is designed for wide operating temperature, and high-vibration environment. The resistive touch screen can be optically bonded for almost zero reflections of the glass screen for superior clarity.
RevoSys SR10 Transflective 10.4 Inch High Brightness Open Frame VGA Touch Screen LCD
High-grade Transflective LCD
Rugged PVC-ABS Front and Aluminum Chassis
Standard VESA Mount
10.4 Inch (4:3) IPS TFT LCD
Transflective 500Nits (up to 1200Nits) Brightness
Optically Bonded Touch Screen (Optional)
500:1 Contrast Ratio
4-Wire Resistive USB Touch Screen
a. IPS display?! Same as the one on the iPad with absolutely gorgeous contrast and awesome viewing angles? I'll believe it when I see it, but there it is.
b. One thing that tells me this is true transflective is that the brightness varies according to the ambient light - that's what it means being transflective, it also reflects and uses part of the ambient light to boost the backlight. So in this case, 500Nits (in complete darkness, I take it to be) to 1200Nits - in sunlight conditions.
c. Price: $790 is a bargain for a transflective IPS display. And the size.
d. Look at the thin bezel, no buttons. Awesome.
e. Not that thick either, only about 1.2 inch (31mm). That's not an iPad thick (.5 in) but it's not a Xenarc 700TSV either, which is 1.42in; while the Lilli 629GL is 1.5in.
The same 10.4" size Xenarc is 1.6in thick, eeks, what a brick.
a. Revo-sys? WTF?
b. Is it really IPS?
c. "Optically Bonded Touch Screen"" is optional, so I'm expecting it to be an expensive version...humm. I'll drop a line later. (this doesn't mean it's not transflective, only it's not that good as it could be).
I would buy it easily if they had a return policy like Amazon's but they're pretty draconian at 18% restocking fee. So I'll pass.
(Actually if it weren't for the return policy I would have bought ALL interesting screens and post pictures and videos for each, but I digress.)
2) SED104HBT, sold by small pc.com.
Lot's of cons there, specially the thickness. 1.97", that thing is a brick. Also it's more expensive, at $1045.00
10.4" Transflective TFT LCD Display , more..
High Bright Sunlight/Daylight readable, more..
Auto light sensor or manual brightness adjustments
HD15 VGA, S-Video & Composite inputs
Front Panel Controls (OSD )
integrated Touch Screen (USB)
Supports Vehicle Power connection (10-14.5V DC)
External AC Adapter (12V DC)
Brightness - 352-1000 cd/mē (varies with ambient light)
Dimensions. 10.6" x 8.7" x 1.97"
Maximum resolution native 800x600
Power Consumption - 18W (Typical)
Horizontal Viewing Angle - 120 degrees
Vertical Viewing Angle - 100 degrees
However, 30 days return policy for a full refund and one year warranty. They even commit 2-10 repairs, and pay return shipping. I feel better with this one already.
The same monitor can be found here, with the same price/return policy.
They also have a very interesting tilt and pivot single din 7" screen here, at $350.00. I wonder if it's more reliable because of the manual release?
There's more, I'll leave it for another post