Shopping for an Overhead Monitor Made Easy
If you want to watch TV, movies, or downloaded videos off of the Internet on your car and you don't want to simply put your tablet on your dashboard or your phone on a plastic mount, then you should definitely invest in an overhead monitor. Such a monitor allows you to enjoy in the comfort of your car all sorts of shows and cinematic masterpieces you could download inside a flash drive or fit inside a DVD.
Finding the Right Overhead Monitor
Here are some things you should take into consideration when shopping for a monitor.
- A Deluge of Options Are Available: You will be flooded by specs, benefits, and features galore, so it pays to do research on their meanings in order to pick the absolute best overhead monitor for you. Don't be fooled by fancy terms like "Active Matrix System" or "Color System". Instead, buy a monitor in accordance to what you intend to watch and what your specific needs are.
- Resolution: If you're watching HD films and programs, then it's a must to have a high resolution 1024 x 768 monitor that's of the LCD-TFT variety. The resolution determines how clear the video will come out (although low-resolution videos will come out pixilated on a high-resolution monitor). Having a lower resolution when playing HD videos will result in lower frame rate and other display problems. Therefore, get the highest resolution monitor possible.
- NTSC versus PAL: It's best that you get a monitor that displays both. Essentially, PAL is the display system found in parts of Asia and Europe that delivers 25 frames per second (FPS) as its frame rate with 625 lines while NTSC is the American and Canadian standard with 30 FPS and 525 lines. For most people, the display differences between the two are negligible but to ensure quality display on any format of DVD, pick both.
- Installation: This is the trickiest consideration when it comes to overhead monitors is how to go about installing them. Roof mount monitors might require installation of brackets and special mounts not originally found in your vehicle. This means you might need to drill some holes into your roof or outright even slice it open depending on the type of monitor you've bought.
- Additional Specs You May or May Not Want: Prices for these monitors can range from $80 to $250 depending on how advanced of a monitor you want to buy. The more features the product has, the higher its price. As such, ask yourself if you really need a monitor that can double as a radio with its 16-channel FM modulator or as an audio recorder for security purposes. It can also be backlit and support multiple aspect ratios (widescreen or standard) if you wish.
Other Things Left to Consider
The means by which you can input videos into the device is worth noting as well. Does it feature digital card slots, USB slots, or a DVD player? Also, the slimmer and more compact the design of the monitor, the easier it is to install (you'll have fewer holes to drill or roof portions to slice off when putting up the brackets and mount for this monitor). What's more, it serves as a perfect complement for your vehicle's interior without getting in the way of anything.