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THINKWARE X300 Full HD Dash Cam with 3.5 LCD Touchscreen Viewfinder by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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THINKWARE X300 Full HD Dash Cam with 3.5" LCD Touchscreen Viewfinder & Dual Save Technology
Report Date: 07/30/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 1.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Mount5.0   above average
Software5.0   exceptional
Install4.6   average
Video4.5   above average
Quality4.4   above average
Camera4.2   above average
Recording4.0   average
Size3.8   below average
Cable3.3   above average


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Cable

Cable:
"So just make sure not to just slap it on quickly - take things into consideration like how will the wires run from placement, it is in a good spot to not deter your view at any angle, will it interfere with adjusting your rearview mirror, etc, (you're supposed to install up behind the mirror).My only minor complaint is how the cord is visible when running it to the lighter outlet."
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"I wasn't exactly happy with the power cord, however, since it lay across the wide expanse of my Prius dashboard."
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"In the box you will find the camera, a mount for the dash or windshield, an SD memory card (honestly - how many products use memory and it is NOT included - nice touch), mounting tabs for the power cord and a very long power cable."
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"That's good for longevity; not so good for routing it so the cord is not visible or in the way."
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"Your best bet is to buy a cable or just pop the micro sd card out to view the video."
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"Comes with a nice long cable."
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"4) It would be nice to be able to either plug a USB cord into the camera to view video, or have a screen on the camera itself."
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"Unlike a portable gps that can be charged ahead of time, this unit requires the wire around part of the periphery of your windshield as well as a cable for power, dedicated to this unit."
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"The included power cable is quite long and I was able to hide it all the way around my roof a-pillar footwell to the nearest 12v outlet."
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Camera

Camera:
"Really simple to use, time to start recording is excessive on my taste, the camera will start recording the moment that you are already driving a couple blocks away from home, needless to say that you will be outside of a parking lot and already driving when the camera is up and running."
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"The camera works as described, only downside is that GPS is an additional $50dlls."
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"This dash cam can provide evidence of any fraud attempts, and or for any accident you might be involved in."
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"I'm certain that my dash cam thinks I am the worst driver ever, because every time I hit a bump or pothole, it records it as an incident."
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"But I don't have time to fight this battle right now, so the camera is going into my broken electronics drawer for the time being."
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"Unfortunately, I had difficulty with powering the camera from a high output USB rechargeable battery."
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"I ordered the X500 along with the rear camera as well instead of the F750 because the mobile app that controls the F750 didn't have the option to stream the recorded files directly from the camera."
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"I was happy to see that the camera offered better video quality then the BlackVue but that came at a price, the 64GB micro SD card can only hold 4 hours of video."
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"The concept of the X500 as a dash cam is great but I believe it was prematurely rushed to the market."
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"The product came nicely packaged and I had both cameras installed and connected."
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"The button layouts are easy to understand, and the dash cam overall is very easy to use."
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Install

Install:
"So just make sure not to just slap it on quickly - take things into consideration like how will the wires run from placement, it is in a good spot to not deter your view at any angle, will it interfere with adjusting your rearview mirror, etc, (you're supposed to install up behind the mirror).My only minor complaint is how the cord is visible when running it to the lighter outlet."
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"The dashcam was well packaged, and was very easy to install other than the long, messy part of clipping the cable up and around the windshield."
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"I found this camera extremely easy to install and get runningI had it up and running in less than 5 minutes."
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"The memory card was easy to install."
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"It was no problem to install the SD card - if you have a digital camera or a smart phone you've probably already done this."
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"It's recommended by Thinkware to install it under and behind the rearview mirror, and that's probably the only place that it will be out of your way, but you're free to install it wherever you please."
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Mount

Mount:
"These tape mounts are sturdy and hide the camera pretty well behind the mirror."
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"Just make sure you are putting the camera in a good spot before you attach the mount."
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"As for the mount, despite the 3M VHB adhesive, I was able to pry it off the windshield with a simple flat screwdriver, and there was no adhesive residue left on the glass."
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"Even though our state inspection sticker reserves a prime spot in the center of the windshield below the mirror mount, I was able to place the camera so that it could barely be seen behind the mirror; thus, it did not impede any of my sight line out the windshield."
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"If only there were a battery, you could also more easily go from the camera mount to handholding for adjusting camera settings and back to the mount againagain, you have to disconnect the battery cord in order to attach the camera to the mount."
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Quality

Quality:
"Initially I purchased the BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Kit and I was extremely disappointed by the quality of videos it produced."
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"The build quality is not as good as the F550.Sandisk recently released high endurance micro SDXC cards for video recording."
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"Pros:-high quality picture-touch screenCons:-slow to start up, im out of the driveway and down the street by the time it starts recording-voltage shut off has too small of range to work properly at detecting when car is shut off so it stays on unless unplugged-no gps or rear view for the price-incident detection is a joke, every bump is an accident according to this."
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"I'd argue that you don't need great quality as a tool for protecting the facts of a traffic situation."
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"Pros:- Feel and looks like a quality cam- Decent video quality- Dual save mode- LDWS worked greatCons:- Users can't turn off continuous mode- Thick wires (Makes hiding wires in tight spaces a very difficult task)- Record time limited to 4 hours 64GB- Can't maximize the Mac viewer app to take advantage of full screen viewing!"
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"The build quality is good."
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"The quality is great, the sound is great, and I love how I can zoom to specific parts of picture or video."
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"There's more cameras on the market below that $ range that can conform with what is needed (desired).The quality of the video is good, the software to review it is predictable to use and easy to download."
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Recording

Recording:
"Really simple to use, time to start recording is excessive on my taste, the camera will start recording the moment that you are already driving a couple blocks away from home, needless to say that you will be outside of a parking lot and already driving when the camera is up and running."
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"Night driving and recording is not as effective as that during the day."
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"Next step will be to get the hard wire kit to tap into my fuse box so that the Thinkware cam is able to continue recording while the car ignition is turned off."
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"With that in mind having the camera always recording while you're driving is just a good safety net."
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"Every now and then, there is very slight blur or pixilation for a second, but for the majority of the recordings, they are surprisingly clear."
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"I did not think that you would end up with such clear video clips, especially when recording while moving."
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"That's nice, that the owner doesn't have to watch for running out of recording space."
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Size

Size:
"My only real complaint about this device is its size and price."
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"The negatives were the size - it's every bit as big as the average digital camera, so you have this big thing potentially obscuring your view."
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"My only complaints are that the buttons are a tad small."
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"For the price I am not happy with the size."
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"(Sometimes I just wonder, what goes through an app designer or a product manager's mind to opt out of giving the end-user the option to take advantage of a full size desktop!"
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"The screen is decent sized for a small device."
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"The buttons to turn on the unit and adjust the volume of microphone and speaker are separated by a manual record button that is a totally different size button, which is very helpful so you don't press the wrong one because it is almost impossible to tell what button is for what from more than 2 feet away."
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"It's a great size and fits nicely just in front of your rear view mirror."
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"The frame size and quality of the recording is simply amazing."
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Software

Software:
"I really appreciate the software."
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"There's more cameras on the market below that $ range that can conform with what is needed (desired).The quality of the video is good, the software to review it is predictable to use and easy to download."
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"Amazing clarity and easy to use software."
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"Software: With downloads for both PC and Mac it allows you to easily work with the saved files."
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"The functionality of the camera, the intuitive software interface and ease of archiving only what's only relevant, relative ease in installation, excellent video and audio quality, quick capture of GPS signals are great attributes that justify the pricepoint."
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Video

Video:
"Initially I purchased the BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Kit and I was extremely disappointed by the quality of videos it produced."
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"Even freezing the videos and viewing at max zoom we were unable to get license info in most shots."
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"I know this is mostly for insurance, but I've had fun posting videos to facebook of terrible drivers I've encountered."
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"Thankfully I haven't had an accident yet, so I can't tell you how good the video looks while you're vehicle is airborne, but hopefully it does a pretty good job it a situation like that."
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"Unfortunately, the video files (recorded in .avi format) wouldnt open on my mac."
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"My main problem was the video, it would not record correctly."
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"I contacted the customer service hotline and they were pleasant to talk to and asked to send them the RAW video files for their tech team to examine."
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"I was happy to see that the camera offered better video quality then the BlackVue but that came at a price, the 64GB micro SD card can only hold 4 hours of video."
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"Pros:- Feel and looks like a quality cam- Decent video quality- Dual save mode- LDWS worked greatCons:- Users can't turn off continuous mode- Thick wires (Makes hiding wires in tight spaces a very difficult task)- Record time limited to 4 hours 64GB- Can't maximize the Mac viewer app to take advantage of full screen viewing!"
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"I drive a fair amount and with so many driving accident and noticing dash cam videos floating around on YouTube, I decided that it would be a good idea to get one."
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"The quality is great, the sound is great, and I love how I can zoom to specific parts of picture or video."
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