2008-04-08

I have to choose another Carputer!!!

After 4 months the eBay seller from which I bought the Carputer preferred to send me a full refund instead than the LCD radio I talked about in one of my previous posts... this happened presumably because I won the auction at a price that was too low for him (371 Euros for a Linellae LF7100G + 10 Euros of shipping fee, for a total of 381 Euros). So now I have to start again from scratch...


But I still want to buy a jewel of technology from the Chinese firm Linellae, and I have seen that the best way to obtain one without the problems of the eBay auctions is to buy one from CarDVDKit, a site specialized in importing stuff from Linellae to the UK and sending them directly to western european customers without hidden custom fees.


But the prices are slightly higher than their counterparts on eBay... the LF7100G model here would cost 419 Euros + 41 fixed shipping fee to European Countries, for a total of 460 Euros... it is 80 Euros more than the price I obtained through the auction (and this explains why the seller preferred to incur in a negative feedback rather than sending me the radio; BTW I was unable to send him the negative feedback because of the too long time elapsed from the auction date).


So if I want to save money I can choose a less expensive model... this is why I prepared a comparison table for the in-dash radios in double DIN format available from CarDVDKit:

ModelLF6202LF7001LF6502GLF6800GLF6510GLF6806GLF7100G
LCD size6.2"7"6.2"7"6.5"6.5"7"
Radio w/RDSYesYesNoNoNoNoYes
DivX playerYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
DVD slot8cm8cm8cm8cm8cm8cm8cm
SD CardYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
USB stick inputNoYesYesYesYesNoYes
Bluetooth hands-freeYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
GPS w/TomTomNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
GPS runs w/MusicN/AN/AYesNoNoNoNo
EUR179179319369449469419


As you can see the LF7100G (in the final column) is the only one to feature the in-built GPS receiver with TomTom preinstalled and also the radio with RDS/EON (very useful to easily find by name the radio station you are looking for); it only lacks the ability to listen to the music while using the navigation software. If I renounce to one of these two features I will be able to save some money... a LOT of money if I purchase a model without the in-built GPS (but in this case I will not be able to sacrifice my HP iPAQ hx2415 PDA to the Google Android cause...).