Hardware Review: Provision 8" 16:9 VGA Touchscreen
The Short answer..
Hardware Review: Provision 8" 16:9 VGA Touchscreen
What it is/does: Make pictures in my dash
Reviewed by: The amazing me
Specs:8" 16:9 Widescreen TFT VGA USB Touchscreen
LCD Manufacturer: Hitachi
Manufacturer website: Unknown
Purchased at: http://stores.ebay.com/ZviewVision
Pros: Bright, nice touchpanel, easy connectors, easy to rotate inside the case, well constructed, wide resolution range.
Cons: No auto-on feature, missing parts in the box, lackluster instructions.
The real review...
So I have missed my 7Ē Lilliput for months now and finally splurged and purchased a relatively unknown monitor in the Carputer world. I specifically went looking for a 8Ē widescreen to replace my 7Ē Lilliput so I can have more useable screen area in my double DIN dash hole. Which, by the way had been staring back at me for months now.
I made my purchase off of Ebay from a very respectable fellow who I actually spoke to on the phone. His English was good, but he was obviously foreign. Not a big deal in this world market that we live in. After a false start with the buy, I made my payment via Paypal. This fellow only ships to verified addresses so I had to do a little wrangling so he would ship it to me while out on the road. No big deal and the UPS truck arrived 4 (business) days later. Trust me folks, having your *puter down after having one for several years is NOT a pleasant experience. Gleefully I ripped open my prize, relishing the fact that Iíll be back in the mobile computing world after a long hiatus. After removing the brown shipping paper, here is what I found.
Popping the top I feast my eyes on my new gear.
Grabbing the instructions and tossing them aside, I unpacked my equipment. This montor arrived with Panel, remote, 6í VGA extension cable, 6í USB Extension cable, 6í video/power pigtail, standard mount and monitor bracket, a headrest mounting cup and surround, and 2 pages of ďinstructionsĒ. It did not arrive with the screws to mount the backplate to the LCD to allow use of the stand, however given my application I did not care. What I did like though, was the power/video pigtail arrangement. The screen had three, 6Ē pigtails exiting the flat bottom of the case. One multipin (PS2 like) for power and 2 composite videos, one for the VGA, and one for the USB touchscreen. I would have pictures of this but itís already in my truck and Iím not paid enough to go pull it for pictures. Trust me when I say itís neat and certainly knocks out the all-in-one connection on the Lilliís. I also like the video inputs are on the tail and not the monitor.
After attaching all the cables, I applied power from my desktop Astron power supply, connected the USB and VGA to my laptop and powered up. All is well and I would compare the video quality to the Lilliput, however, I believe it to be slightly better than my old lilli. Not having seen any other brand of monitor I really canít speak to other comparisons, suffice to say, it looks nice. Itís sharp and bright. Brighter than the 400NIT advertised Lilliput. After I verified that the monitor works and wasnít DOA, I commenced the install in my truck. Iíll have the install in the truck up in the LCD sections shortly.
Overall thoughts. Nice monitor at a great price. 200 bones is cheap for this kind of quality. The touchscreen is NICE. Very sensitive and has a nice texture when using it. Brightness is great, even in daylight Iím not having any problems viewing. At night itís TOO bright for me. Iíve used the ďdimmerĒ feature on the remote, but itís only a hackjob of a ďdimĒ. Menu is strait forward and the viewing ratio is selectable from the OSD. Lackluster instructions, but really, whom among us really uses them, or really needs them. Plug the right cables in the right holes and your rocking. The touchscreen even worked with my 2 year old version of touchkit. I did download and install the new version though, as the old was interfering with hibernation.
Up until this point I would give this monitor a 9, however two MAJOR complaints. No video invert switch is one. This really isnít much of an issue as the screen is very easy to rotate inside the case, however it would be a NICE feature. Now for the flaming red, strobing, on fire, screaming complaint. Anyone want to guess? NO AUTO ON FEATURE!!!!! WHAT THE CRAP PEOPLE? Can we NOT have a montor that would say, POWER ON when it seeís VGA? Or gets 12V+??? GIVE ME A BREAK here... So, with the fairly weak remote, and the fact that the IR sensor is behind a trim piece, Iím back to where I started from with the Lilliput. I know, relays, RS232, etc.. but comín, really.. Is an Auto-on so freakín hard? Sigh, perhaps there will be a hack soon.
I digress.. Iím happy with my purchase, however the turn-on is a PITA. Plus with the separated cables I donít have any VGA screen flicker. The 6.5 maybe 7/10 is justified and would have scored much higher had the screen turned on when it saw 12V+.
Lightman Is your Provision Still Running?
Hey Lightman, thanks for the great review.
I am planning to buy this same monitor, was wondering if yours is still running and if you would recommend it?