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    Hardware Review : Dynamix 805 8" 4:3 TouchScreen Review (Pics : 56K Friendly)

    PROLOGUE
    Ok, After a LOT of research I realized I was pretty much screwed when it came to finding out which screen is truly the best within a budget. So I went on ebay and decided to either buy some random brand. Or a 2005+ Lilliput. I did not want to buy a xenarc as It would put me over budget.

    I Saw an auction for a Dynamix 805 Touchscreen. It had 2 bids and was at $96 dollars with 8 Dollars shipping and it was only one state away. So I bid on it, thinking it was going to go up in price. Every other 805 Dynamix screen was well over $230.

    Now I bid on it not knowing all the drama that went down with Dynamix. Clone, Fake, All that crap, I didn't care. Dont care if its really a Xenarc, a Proview, a ITX, a Lilli, a anything. This was years ago and the ebay auctions seemed legit. Customer support was really there, and they're feedback was really good. I checked almost every feedback to see if in fact it was legit. All seemed right so It didnt bother me when I won the auction.
    It was bid on a few more times but it ended up being well below $200 dollars. So I had a 8" 4:3 Touchscreen on the way.

    Now my wife wanted a touchscreen too so I went ahead and bought a xenarc. If the dynamix was bad I would keep the xenarc(it's 16:9 so I dont want it) But everything went well.
    All Pictures are Thumbnails. Click them for full size
    Now for the review

    Hardware Review: Dynamix 805 8" 4:3 Touchscreen Monitor

    What it is/does: 8" 4:3 Touchscreen, VGA, RCA(2), Auto On

    Reviewed by: Ruffy
    Manufacturer: Dynamix
    Model: 805
    Specs: See here
    Price: $280 USD Retail, Won Auction @ $150
    Rating: 8/10
    Manufacturer website: www.dynamixcomputers.com/d805.html
    Purchased at: Ebay

    Pros: Bright Display, Auto powers on just fine. Good display, Clear at 1024x768 and above, Native 800x600 Resolution, Rubberized texture gives firm feel. Responsive touchscreen, Easy fast and accurate calibration. No driver issues what so ever. Feels as if it's built tough

    Cons: Poor documentation. Bulky, Buttons on the side.


    Review:
    First off. The auction went well. I didn't recieve any emails over the low price of the LCD. I ordered it on Friday, I paid for it on Saturday. Sunday they told me my package was shipped/dropped off. Monday I got my tracking info. Wednesday I recieved my Screen at 10am via Fed Ex.

    The package came in a Large box. Inside was packing foam peanuts, Within the peanuts was another box with a large bubblewrap around it secured with tape. Overall this packaging was fantastic. It was double boxed and well secured. The bubblewrap was difficult to take off. THATS how well it was protected.

    Here's a Picture of the Box that was in the bubble wrap. The actual product box.


    Opening the box





    The Actual Screen. Still has it's plastic protective cover over the screen


    Now the screen is well built. It has a slight rubberized feel to it. It's alittle bulky and fairly heavy. All which are good. It came with everything I needed. Mounting stand. AC Power adapter, Car power adapter. The Cabling seems to have a small transformer inline with the power plug so I believe it's safe to use right away in the car. Remote. Stamped Driver cd, vga and usb cable.

    First Thing I did was Install the driver software. The install was painless and fast. Plugged the screen into my laptop and was greated to an auto turnOn. The display was at 1024x768. Text was legible. Brightness was great. Contrast was great, Even in my terribly overlighted office.
    For my test purposes I scaled the screen down to 800x600. It's native res. I was greated with better looking text at this res.

    Now onto pictures

    The screen has NO visible dead/stuck/faded pixels, I checked for this for about 30 minutes using dead pixel buddy and some other software.













    As you can See, The screen is fairly Bright. The touchscreen is responsive. Sure it's no 5 wire setup but it's still good. I tried the 4 point calibration, then the 9 point, finally the 24 point. Each one was a step up and all were usable. Overall I am very happy with the monitor. It more than likely will go in my dash. I have a dark interior and tinted windows. So I'm not worried about glare. Not a bad buy for under $200. I'm not sure I'd pay full price($280) For it but so far all is well.

    I have yet to lose calibration on it. The Dimmer feature works well. The mirror feature on the remote does nothing on VGA but I might just be doing it wrong.

    Stay tuned. Next post will be disassembling.where

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    Looks like a great screen!

    Cant wait till you take pics of the internals. I'm seriously thinking of getting this screen.

    Native 800x600 is fantastic! Auto turn is good too, pity it doesnt change to Reverse Camera automatically
    The website says the "Contrast Radio" is 150 .. but that doesnt sound right. The screen looks much better than that.

    My only concern is this screen versus a Transflective Lilli/xenarc. I want this monitor though, because it does 800x600 natively and its 8" (which fits perfectly in my dash)

    Can't wait for more pics.

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    Ruffy,

    I purchased the same unit (Provision) however it did not come with the AC adapter. Do you mind telling me the output amperage of the AC adapter? I have been using it with a wall wart rated at 12V/1A, but it seems to get a little warm.

    Thanks,

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    Open Pictures!
    As usual all pics are clickable Thumbnails, Click for large size




    The panel does not say who makes it. No hitachi or samsung or anything on it. I took all the controller boards off of it and found nothing. So unless it's underneath it's metal skin I cant see it.

    Only thing it has is this sticker


    And the controller board has Innovative stamped on one of the ribbon connectors


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    Heres the controlling boardlayouts, Something I noticed. There are several connectors not being used at all. Wondering what they do and if I could use them for something usefull.

    The Top connector with the wires coming out of it goes to the rca adapters, 3-4 Pins arent used. Wonder if they're for more inputs? Svideo? Audio?
    The Bottom right connector with wires is going to the VGA Cable. There are 3 pins not used.

    There are 3 small white connectors that have ntohing plugged in. They are labeled CN4, CON3, CON2. There is also a space for a Connector Labeled CN3 next to the CN4 one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjh1028 View Post
    Ruffy,

    I purchased the same unit (Provision) however it did not come with the AC adapter. Do you mind telling me the output amperage of the AC adapter? I have been using it with a wall wart rated at 12V/1A, but it seems to get a little warm.

    Thanks,

    Ben
    Sorry forgot to check the voltage. Will do when I'm home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffy View Post
    Sorry forgot to check the voltage. Will do when I'm home.
    Thanks Ruffy! I'm mounting this in a wall for a whole house automation project.

    Ben

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    The power supply says 12v dc output, 1.2 amp
    Model ACTM-09, Limited Power Source



    odd. it's a tiny little wallwart for being able to do 1A +

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    Any way I can get you to put up the measurements of the metal LCD case in photo IMG_2211.jpg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zxcshadow View Post
    Any way I can get you to put up the measurements of the metal LCD case in photo IMG_2211.jpg?

    I'll try to get a good measurement and post it

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    yes, please do get measurements.

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