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    Open frame or not to open frame, that is the question?

    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!!

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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.
    GA-Z77N-WIFI, i5-2400S, 8GB, Intel 520 128GB SSD, M4-ATX Modified, 2 Rev Cams, 2 Web Cams
    8" 16:9 TRANSFLECTIVE, Win8-64, Dual GPS RX and Garmin PC + Odyssey Nav, FM-DAB+, BB-Rec
    T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, code and FE. CarPC Project

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    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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    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.
    GA-Z77N-WIFI, i5-2400S, 8GB, Intel 520 128GB SSD, M4-ATX Modified, 2 Rev Cams, 2 Web Cams
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    T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, code and FE. CarPC Project

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

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    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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