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    Hardware Review: Xenarc 700CSH 7 Inch Capacitive Touchscreen Monitor


    What is it?

    The Xenarc 700CSH is a 7 Inch display with a capacitive touchscreen input.

    The Verdict:

    Yes and yes! The Xenarc 700CSH's capacitive touchscreen sets it apart from other displays in the segment. The clear and precise overlay allows the quality of the monitors display to shine through any glare. The 700CSH proves that Xenarc has been watching, as it addresses most of the long-standing shortcomings of small display screens.


    What’s in the box?

    The Xenarc box comes with the touchscreen monitor, VESA mount, wall and car chargers, input cabling which includes HDMI/VGA/Composite video connections, a HDMI -> DVI adapter, full-function remote, instruction manual, and a cable locking clasp.


    For a quick video of the unboxing for the 700CSH please click here.

    Description:

    Another year brings a another offering in the series of Xenarc 7 Inch monitors. The 700 series has seen its' share of small changes over the last few years, but nothing on the scale of the new 700CSH. This monitor shares the same physical dimensions as the older models, but offers so much more in the form of a beautiful capacitive touchscreen overlay.


    The community here at mp3Car.com has long searched for a install monitor which attempts to draw us closer to the visual fidelity of today's smartphones and tablets. Like Xenarc, each competing brand attempted to fulfill the needs of the community with features like high-brightness displays and a greater set of available inputs, but each of the monitors were limited by the resistive touchscreen overlays. Resistive touchscreens will often mute the color of the underlying screen and disperse surface lighting in a manner which at times makes it dangerous to use while driving an automobile in the daytime. Capacitive touchscreen technology allows for more of the screen's natural tones to come through and focuses oncoming light rather than disperse it. The difference comparing the Xenarc 700CSH with a resistive model is truly night and day. Check out the following example showing the 700CSH when compared to last year's Xenarc. Both pictures were taken during similar lighting.


    The improvements to the 700CSH didn't just stop at the touchscreen however. The display has received a bump up in native resolution. Instead of the 800x600 resolution we've come to expect, Xenarc has increased the 700CSH to 1024x600. The end result is a gorgeous display that does away with some of the pixilation seen on other models. It's still no Galaxy S4 or retina display, but the lines between have definitely been blurred. Car PC purists fear not, the 700CSH can still display between 800x480 and 1920x1080, PC willing. The brightness rating of 500nits and the contrast ratio of 400:1 are carryovers from prior models, but, because of the touchscreen, offer more bang for their buck.


    Xenarc has carried over all of the luxury features from prior models. You can still expect to get things like auto-switching to a composite input, auto power-on, and auto-brightness via the on-board photosensor. The menu system of the 700CSH is more expansion, offering more control than older models. Options like audio-over-HDMI and input switching control are welcomed additions. The included remote is actually usable, as it allows for full operation of the device rather than a subset of functions. Xenarc advertises that the touchscreen will still operate even if a fingerprint or scratch protector overlay is used. Fingerprints almost seem more of an issue with this touchscreen, but I personally feel like it'd be a shame to do anything to alter the display quality.



    The Positive:

    • The best display quality for the segment, bar none
    • Includes cable management options
    • Rock solid build quality
    • Fully functional remote included



    The Negative:

    • Bezel is larger than competitors


    The Verdict:

    Yes and yes! The Xenarc 700CSH's capacitive touchscreen sets it apart from other displays in the segment. The clear and precise overlay allows the quality of the monitors display to shine through any glare. The 700CSH proves that Xenarc has been watching, as it addresses most of the long-standing shortcomings of small display screens.

    Stay tuned for more photos, disassembly videos, pricing information, and availability on the Xenarc 700CSH

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    Very nice write up Sonicxtacy02. It's nice to see real world testing and a honest opinion. Thanks SNO

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    Ohh interesting, does this allow for multitouch?

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    After seeing this review and having the next few days off, I pulled the trigger quick on the manufacturer's site. I received it today and have taken it apart for installation.

    I will take pictures of the internals tomorrow once the dust settles.

    A few opinions on the inside.

    - The buttons are part of the main board, in a tight installation, this can be an issue and may require relocating the board from its default location.
    - There is a metal frame that surrounds the entire internals, this means there isn't much room for cutting back into the case for mounting.
    - When I installed my first carPC, I installed a Xenarc. Due to being inexperienced, I didn't want to modify the monitor or my dash. So I had to turn it upside down in order to get it to fit. While testing for the ideal position for the new one, I tried upside down again and noticed on this monitor cannot handle that viewing angle well at all.

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    Here are pictures of the internals and the inner frame
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    any chance you can measure the size of that screen? The visible pixel dimensions and the overall screen dimension? Pcb dimensions too? Probably a bit of work. I'd really appreciate it if you took a few minutes to do that for me though.

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    Any more update on this? I have a 700TSV in my vehicle now and I'm growing to hate it. Keeps resetting itself to low brightness no matter what I do (old firmware) and if the sun hits it at all (even indirectly) I can't see anything on the screen. I'm curious how well this does in true sunlight from anyone with first hand experience. I was considerin replacing mine with the high brightness (1000 nt) version, but would this be a better replacement even though it's also only 500 like my TSV? In total brightness, when I put my Samsung Galaxy V next to my TSV, I can still see the Galaxy 4 active clearly even though the TSV is totally washed out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overlander View Post
    Any more update on this? I have a 700TSV in my vehicle now and I'm growing to hate it. Keeps resetting itself to low brightness no matter what I do (old firmware) and if the sun hits it at all (even indirectly) I can't see anything on the screen. I'm curious how well this does in true sunlight from anyone with first hand experience. I was considerin replacing mine with the high brightness (1000 nt) version, but would this be a better replacement even though it's also only 500 like my TSV? In total brightness, when I put my Samsung Galaxy V next to my TSV, I can still see the Galaxy 4 active clearly even though the TSV is totally washed out.
    After the release of cheap tablets I fail to see the draw for any of these screens we all used to drool over. Theyre overpriced and cause more headaches than they are worth. I owned one when I used to have a whole mac mini in my car, but once the ipad came out...wtf did I need a whole PSU, computer, screen, GPS dongle, etc when its all in one package for a much better price for what you get and how easy it is to work with.

    I know we all used to like the idea of a fully integrated car and DIY hacks and all that, seems mp3car is still going strong with that...but, so many large companies are getting on board and making turnkey solutions that it seems to be more of a hobby than useful anymore to go full out custom.
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