You’ll also be wondering what that 7in bay is for. This is actually for installing an optional extra – a 7in TFT screen.
This is actually a rebadged Worcol display, that would usually be fitted in a car. Anyone who has fitted a car stereo before, will recognise the cage that holds it in place. Installing this had me baffled for a while, as I couldn’t affix the cage in the case. It turns out, that instead of the traditional screw system, you have to just bend through some pieces of metal to hold it in place (just like in a car Spode – ed.). However, once the unit is installed and the fascia is back on, it is held in place quite tightly.
On the back, you’ll see the D-SUB output, audio output, USB connection and power. The power looks strangely familiar to a PCI Express connector, and the keying of the connector is very similar too. It wouldn’t take much effort to accidentally fit one. However, you’d probably end up killing the device as a couple of the 12V and ground wires are the wrong way around.
Here the display is fitted and looking like it’s meant to be there – rather than an obvious hack job to get a car unit in to a PC. You might be wondering what the USB connection is for – it’s there because the display is a touch screen. It even comes with drivers for Linux.
As this uses a D-SUB connection, quality was pretty awful. The contrast ratio is only 250:1 and there was a wave washing its way across the screen that was far too distracting. Getting a photo of it in action was difficult, so I’ve just GIMPed an image onto the screen instead to give you an idea of the device in action. One thing’s for sure, you’re going to want to try out the screen module before splashing the cash.
At £196.21, this 7in screen seems like an awful waste of money. In a car, you’re limited to this type of display, but £200 will buy you a fairly decent secondary monitor or TV to watch your films on at home. These of course would have a lot more functions too.