Hardware Review: Dynamix 7" 706 WS TS VGA
Hardware Review: Dynamix 706, 7" Widescreen Touchscreen VGA monitor
What it is/does: LCD monitor
Reviewed by: DodgeCummins
Manufacturer : Dynamix
* Display 7" screen TFT-LCD (Auto Power On)
* Backlight Built in CCFT
* Resolution 640*480
* High Resolution 1600 x 1200
* Supported Resolution 640 x 480 ~ 1600 x 1200
* Physical Resolution 800 (H) x 480 (V)
* Dot Resolution 2400 x 480 = 1,152,000 (dots)
* Supported Voltage 11V DC ~ 24V DC
* Brightness Rating 400cd/m²
* Contrast Radio 150
* Video Input System NTSC/PAL Auto switching
* Power Source DC 12V ± 10%
* Operation Temperature 20° C to +78° C
* Color Figuration Stripe
* Dot Pitch 0.107 (H) * 0.732 (V)
* View angle L/R/T/B 55/55/10/30
* New Auto Reversing Input
Price: $182 off ebay...$279 at website.
Manufacturer website: http://dynamixcomputers.com/7_dynamix_ultra_bright.html
Purchased at: ebay
Pros: Very bright, works exactly as you'd expect
Cons: Owner/installation manual truly is crap...and I actually wish I could lower the brightness a bit more at night.
Pictures: none yet...but the web site has them.
I needed a screen that would fit in the hole in the dash I already had, and allow room for me to adjust the tilt etc. for best viewing angle/least glare.
That is why I picked this one over the larger ones.
It works great out of the box, plug it in and go. It displays whatever resolution happens to be plugged in...it simply rescales the image. But I use Powerstrip to output the native 800x480.
I have only been using the monitor in my truck for a few days, but so far there are zero surprises. The touchscreen obviously is more accurate with a pointing device or fingernail, but a finger works fine also.
The software installed without a problem on win2k, and it includes a little utility that you can select from the tool tray that gives you a right click option, small and quick. There are different levels of calibration available, but I only did the 4 point...and just for fun, it was already accurate enough.
For power I have it plugged into my computer powersupply (opus 120). The box included a wall wart, and a lighter socket plug. It will auto turn on/off with VGA signal.
In addition there are 2 (I think only two...I had better go look) Composite inputs...and like the other screens, there is a wire to connect to the reverse light circuit, that will select the reverse camera when you back up. (I haven't tested that yet)
Running the LSXVOID skin on Roadrunner, and with Iguidance showing the night screen...AND the brightness turned all the way down...I is just barely dark enough at night.
With that setting it is also bright enough for daylight...and there are 3 preset brightnesses above that (selectable by remote control).
For mounting, I am using the gimbal it came with on a custom mount to my dash.
I mentioned earlier on that it will automatically scale the display. If you change your video card settings, and don't like how the picture is set up (centered etc) then off the OSD menu, just select AUTO and it will re-adjust the image to better center it within the display.
Image quality is very nice, very good off angle viewing, nice color, good text detail (using standard font sizes).
Overall this screen more than meets my expectations, and is so much better looking than my old screen I have no second thoughts at all.