With the right entertainment system, a long, traffic-jammed trip becomes a more manageable experience. And what better way to jazz up your car's entertainment system than to install an overhead monitor? This nifty gadget is sure to help keep you and your passengers well entertained while on the road. But with so many options out there, choosing the right monitor can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your money:
Invest in a monitor with features you'll actually use.
Mobile monitors nowadays come with an array of features. From portable DVD players to wireless FM modulators, the list is virtually endless. But before you get swept away with all these fancy features, make sure you will actually make use of these. What's the point of having an overhead monitor with an FM modulator if you don't really listen to the radio and would prefer to listen to an MP3 player instead? Keep in mind that the more features a monitor has, the more expensive it is. So if you want to get a good deal, choose a monitor with the right features. Fortunately, whatever entertainment preferences you have, you won't run out of choices. Most overhead monitors nowadays are equipped with an FM modulator, a DVD player, a wireless audio system (radio frequency or infrared), and even ports for satellite TV.
Check the compatibility with your car's existing sound system.
Before you purchase an overhead monitor, make sure first that what you choose is compatible with your car's existing sound system. Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that the monitor you just bought won't work with your car's speakers and that you'd have to overhaul the sound system so you could use your new monitor.
Take a look at an overhead monitor's audio and video inputs.
The number of these inputs can basically tell you how many other gadgets you can link to the monitor. If your passengers want to watch a DVD or satellite TV, or even play video games while on the road, an overhead monitor with three or more audio and video inputs is the perfect choice.
Invest in an LED screen.
Compared to an LCD monitor, an LED type lasts longer. This is because LED diodes have a longer lifespan compared to fluorescent bulbs used in an LED monitor. And because LED diodes are smaller and lighter than LCD's bulbs, an LED monitor is more compact, thinner, and less bulky than its LCD counterpart. When it comes to picture quality, LEDs definitely take the lead. LCDs tend to suffer from motion blur in which pictures tend to blur during scenes that involve plenty of movements or intense motion. So if your passengers love to watch movies while on the road, get an LED monitor so they can fully enjoying every action-intense moment on the screen. Aside from a motion-blur-free viewing experience, an LED overhead monitor offers crisper pictures compared to an LCD. Whether your passenger is located at the back or on the front seat, he or she will surely enjoy a clear view of the screen.