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    Question How bright of a screen is needed?

    How bright of an LCD do I need for in-car use? What are your experiences on this?

    200 nits? 400? 1,200?

    I need to choose an LCD for my computer but this is the one area in which I lack sufficient knowledge to proceed.

    I'd particularly like to hear from anyone who has ~200 nit displays and whether or not you're happy with that in your car.

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    there is no plain "you need x nitts" answer to your question. It will depend on your car and where you intend to mount the disply. I can tell you that nothing readily availible today will stand up to worst case bright sun conditions. The real question is how bad will the sun be in your particular install.

    I believe my Xenarc is rated at 350 or 400 nitts but looking at it I'd say they may be stretching the truth a little bit. Maybe I'll break out a meter and test it one of these days. I'm satisfied with it almost all of the time but there are situtations where it gets washed out.

    Also note that using a touchscreen is going to cost you here. It both reduces the amount of light transmitted and provides extra surfaces for light to reflect off.

    My recomendation would be to get as bright a display as you can afford and to tint your windows as much as you can.

    Good luck and sorry I can't answer your question more dirrectly.

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    Xenarc rated is about right...Do you have touchscreen? if you do, it'll drop it all the way down to somewhere of 250.

    Mines is the old version, and except when the sun is reflecting stuff in my car onto the screen, I can say I can see clearly with it. When it's cloudy, everything is great. I think what will cost you is actually the reflection and not the brightness. But brightness does play a role in it.

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    if you want it readable when in direct sunlight you will need more than a 400 nits.

    Try doubling or tripling the nits and quadrupling the cost.

    I have looked for a diferent type of screen. You know the kind that color cell phones these days use. They are called reflective tft and the more the sun the more readable they are.

    reasonably speaking the lilliput or xenarc will be fine just tint your windows
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    I fully understand there's no one-size-fits-all answer.

    I'm looking at units larger than 8" for my car and am exploring my options. For instance, there are a few ELO units on ebay ( http://www.elotouch.cc/0002/CATEUP22.PDF) and I'm debating whether the 255 nits is going to be sufficient.

    I'm just looking to hear from folks who wish to share their experiences.

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    255 nits is not going to be enough. try AT LEAST 400....AT LEAST.

    still my lilliput (which is 400nits) has trouble viewing in direct sunlight.

    So if you want to get a real solution and are willing to pay for it then search the forum for reflective tft screens, or high bright screens

    If you want to do what everyone else does then get a lilliput or xenarc.

    Lilliput makes an 8" model 4:3 ratio
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    255 is going to be edgy as to the way that number is rated. Some companies don't rate their equipment the same.

    I'll say this much though, the Xenarc's with Touchscreen are rated a 280 nits, and when viewed in directly sunlight with window tint it is readable, but sometimes hard to see if the sun is bad enough. So i wouldn't even bother going below 280 if you can help it.

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    i got the standard Xenarc and with polarized sunglasses on and in High Fling Sunlight, with a roof over my head, I cant see diddly squat. What you can do is make sure you have programs that have bright contrast or WHITE skins..instead of Dark skins...and you probably can see better....

    Honeslty to spend like 700 dollars on a monitor with ultrabright touchscreen is ridiculous.....in a few years or so. The brightness will improve for a cheaper price. So take off your polarized sunglasses....put a roof over your head , perhaps even make a sunshade over your monitor and BOOM....you have LIGHT!

    Just get the standard Xenarc, IMO.

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    Today's Xenarc's have a higher brightness then the old ones. This makes the difference between the standard brightness and high brightness negligible.

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