If you want to watch movies, television, or downloaded videos off of the net in your car because your tablet or cellphone's battery life can't last for more than a day, then getting an overhead monitor might be the most practical solution for you.
Either that or you can get a plastic mount for your phone or tablet on your dashboard and then extend their battery life with a cigarette lighter plug charger or a power bank.
There's just something about having a bigger screen you don't have to place in front of your face that makes watching all your favorite films and shows so amazing. It's essentially fun for the entire family!
Shopping for the Right Overhead Monitor
- Loads of Options Everywhere: Whether you're shopping online or offline at an electronics or car accessories store, there should be a deluge of car monitor options available that's the perfect fit for your make and model of vehicle. Having a monitor instead of a miniature screen makes your film viewing, show viewing, or Internet browsing a lot more cinematic, immersive, and engaging when all is said and done. You can play DVDs, BDs, or flash drives in some of these monitors as well.
- Don't Be Fooled by Marketing: Don't be fooled by fancy terms like "Color System" or "Active Matrix System". That's just marketing talk for specs that are present in all monitors. Instead, do your research on the basic specs, features, and benefits by reading reviews and knowing the real terminologies like resolution and latency. Speaking of which, if you're watching HD programs like Game of Thrones and 60 frames per second (FPS) films like The Hobbit, you should have a high resolution 1024 x 768 LCD-TFT monitor.
- Learn More about Resolution: Monitor resolution is what ensures the clarity of your video in high-definition. Old CRTs can project clear pictures at lower resolution but the more HD the monitor, the more pixels and resolution is needed in order to give you high-fidelity picture quality that's seemingly happening right in front of you by its smoothness movement and sharpness of imagery. In such a monitor, low-resolution videos will come out blurred or otherwise pixelated.
- PAL versus NTSC: Get a monitor that displays both NTSC and PAL. NTSC is the display system is found in Canada and the United States of America with 30 FPS and 525 lines. Meanwhile, PAL is the display system found in Europe and Asia that delivers 25 FPS and 625 lines. For the majority of viewers, the display differences between the two formats are almost undistinguishable. However, toe ensure fidelity in the display quality of DVDs from different regions (that you should have all-region players for), pick both display types.