Even in this
day and age of technological advancement, there is an area that is often left
out when it comes to providing the latest technology. I am talking about the
second row in cars. While companies feel proud about packing the best-in-class
touchscreen enabled infotainment systems on the front dash, there is hardly any
talk of any entertainment feature meant specifically for the second row passengers,
unless you are talking about cars that cost you a fortune. This is where
companies like Blaupunkt step in. We got the BP RSE Ad 10.1 infotainment screen
from Blaupunkt and had the chance to see its capabilities and gauge its
As the name
suggests, this device has a 10.1 inch capacitive display with an HD (1280X720p)
resolution. The touch response is very smooth and accurate. Even while on the
move, when your hands are prone to a lot of shaking, you can operate the
display with relative ease. The brightness is also pretty decent and I could
make out whatever was on the display even during a bright and sunny afternoon
ride. In case you quickly need to change the brightness levels then there is a
dedicated shortcut at the bottom of the screen at all times, that saves you
from going into the settings menu every time.
The internals include a quad-core
1GHz Cortex A53 processor coupled with 1GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB of ROM. You can
further expand this storage by either adding a microSD card or a USB pen drive
of up to 64GB. The device runs of Android 4.4.4 which sits well with the
hardware specifications and you get an almost lag free experience. Yes you will
occasionally be stuck waiting for apps to respond or pages to open but it is
not something that happens too frequently. I even managed to kill some time by
playing Angry Birds on this screen!
You can use
the screen's built in Wi-Fi capabilities to quickly connect to a mobile dongle
or to your mobile's hotspot and then proceed to surf the internet or to check
your mails. A neat feature of the BP RSE 10.1is that it can be connected to
your car's infotainment system using FM. There is an option in the settings
menu where you can enable pairing through FM and even set your own custom
frequency. After that it is only a matter of tuning your car's infotainment
system to the same frequency. Once you do that you can enjoy viewing multimedia
content on the screen while the sound pours out from the speakers in your car.
the screen is no hassle either. The box pack comes with a lot of mounting
accessories for you to use. Although one must remember that this screen can
only be mounted on those seats that come with a detachable headrest. Once the
screen is fitted, you can plug the power cable into a 12V charging point. Now
since there is no battery inside the BP RSE 10.1, you sadly cannot carry it
along with you once the ride is over. Also if in any case your car stops, so
does your entertainment. A built-in battery would have been appreciated much.
spending quite a while with the BP RSE AD 10.1, I can firmly say that it does
what it is meant to do, without making a lot of fuss. Lags are scarce, the
touch response is smooth, installation is hassle-free and I really liked how
easily you can pair your car's speakers with this screen via FM. The two things
that work against this device are its price and the lack of a built-in battery.
Perhaps this would make a lot of sense for taxi owners looking to provide their
customers with a better riding experience or parents who want their kids to
stay seated calmly at the back while they drive.
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