Xobyte minispark - a review
Okay, this is MY ( agree with it or not ;) ) review of and opinion of the XoByte miniSpark.
I will edit this post as I go with my setup and testing.
First, I suppose I should post some background as I have never been much more than a 'lurker on the MP3CAR website.
I first read about the miniSpark here with JohnWPB's initial review and the subsequent posts by XoByte and Carnetix folks in that thread, and it seemed the perfect item for my needs.
My CarPC is an early version Acura Embedded ( www.acuraembedded.ca ) "Power Brick" mobile Computer. I got this hardware at a "great" price.
It came as a system with the "Power Brick" computer itself ( with Nano 9452 MoBo ), a Planar LX1200TR 12" Touch Screen and a Solidtek ACK-540U Keyboard.
What it didn't come with ( as its an early version ) is a functioning Ignition Input Circuit to control the On-Off of the computer. The newer versions do have the circuit included. And this is what drove me to look for a controller in the first place.
Part 1 - The Purchase
Easy online purchase on May 6th and the package arrives May 10th.
Placed in a small padded envelope the miniSpark and cable harness arrived intact with no damage. It did not come with a copy of the invoice or any other paperwork or manual, although all of these are possible to print out from my online purchase confirmation email or the website.
Part 2 - First Impressions
The miniSpark box is a small box approximately 3" long, 2" wide and about 1.25" inches thick.It did not come with any mounting device or method. My first thought is if this is being marketed towards a mobile vehicle market, it should have at least come with some double sided tape or some kind of flanges on the box to allow the box to be mounted or secured in a vehicle.
Since this item is very light in weight, I will be using Industrial Grade Velcro to hold it down to a plate that will also be holding the computer under the seat in my truck.
Part 3 - Initial testing
MORE TO COME FOLLOWING ANOTHER EDIT>>>>>>>>>>>