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  Product:     Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $750 (CAN) / $562 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Bytewize Computers
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     November 10th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Mike from Bytewize Computers for sending the Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor for review.

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Introduction:

Part of the enjoyment that most people get when discovering the wonderful world of case modification is that there are no rules when it comes to planning a project. Innovative enthusiasts have been able to incorporate new and unique items into a standard case modification project and at the same time define new procedures and techniques. The same principles that are applied to standard computer cases have recently also used in the modern day automobile. Dubbed "Car Computers", this type of modification takes on two levels of enthusiasm, the first for custom modification and the second for automotive applications. Xenarc Technologies based in Santa Ana, California is a company that specializes in TFT LCD monitors designed specifically for in-car computing, entertainment, and surveillance needs. The company has been marketing a series of miniature monitors ranging from 5" to 10.5" and has targeted the computer and automotive markets. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor, a product designed specifically for PC and automotive applications.

Specifications:

The Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor is one of many available TFT-LCD based monitors available from Bytewize Computers and the Xenarc Technologies website. Consumers have the option of selecting several different styles with sizes ranging from 5 inches to 10.5 inches. The 700TSV is designed specifically for PC and automotive applications and incorporates touch screen capabilities. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Xenarc Technologies website:

Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Model # 700TS / 700TSV
Screen Size Diagonal 7" (16:9)
Physical Resolution 800 (H) x 480 (V)
Supported Resolution 640 x 480 ~ 1600 x 1200
Dot Resolution 2400 x 480 = 1,152,000 (dots)
LCD Brightness w/o TS 400 cd/m
LCD Brightness w/TS 280 cd/m
TS Interface USB
Operating Voltage DC 12V
Power Supply DC 11V ~ 24V, 1A
Power Consumption <8W
Operating Temperature 23F ~ 158F
Dimensions 7.75" (W) x 4.75" (H) x 1.38" (D)
Weight 1.28 lbs
Regulations FCC, CE, E13
Warranty 18 months

Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor - Features:
Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor: Manufactured by Xenarc Technologies
Metallic Silver Casing
4-wire resistive Touch Screen (USB)
Multi-Monitor Support
On Screen Display Control
VGA Input (15 pin D-SUB) x 1 (700TS) or VGA Input x 1 & Video Input x 2 (700TSV)
Audio Input / Built-in Speaker (700TSV)
NTSC / PAL Multi-System (700TSV)
16x9 Aspect Ratio
High Quality Scaling and Anti-Aliasing
Auto power-on upon signal detection
Automatic display adjustment
Copper Stand: 360 / Height Adjustment
20-pin heavy-duty connector
Anti Glare Coating
Designed for PC, Server, GPS, and various VGA Use

Xenarc 700TSV Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor
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Xenarc 700TSV Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor
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The Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor ships in a double wall cardboard box with standard product lettering on the front of the package. Inside the box, the unit is sandwiched between an assortment of accessories and is enclosed in protective bubble wrap.

Xenarc 700TSV Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor
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Xenarc 700TSV Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor
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The Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor also includes a smaller plastic bag which contains an assortment of items including video, audio and power cables. The packaged CD contains the TFT-LCD monitor user guide, installation drivers and a software application called TouchKit. The TouchKit application software is the interface between unit and the Touch Screen Controller. A seven page user guide covers a summarized list of product features, safety precautions, specifications and driver installation for Windows XP. A more detailed document located in the CD includes driver installation for other Windows variations, Macintosh and Linux.

Since the Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD Monitor can also be used in car applications, also included in the package is a hybrid power cable. The power cable is a standard DC 11V ~ 24V, 1A adapter which can plug directly into an AC socket or be powered directly from a cigarette lighter.

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