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Year / Model Reviewed:
2002 Autopc Joyride
- DVD player can output video while playing music from CompactFlash type 1/2 media card.
-Navigation guides you by voice to your voice input of destination.
-Voice recorder picks up literally every sound within the car.
-The autopc's voice is soothing when driving on long trips.
-No aftermarket software supported. No one has anything published for this Windows CE product. WTF someone help, email me at email@example.com
The new attempt at an automotive interface style media center is known otherwise as "Joyride". The Clarion Autopc Joyride onboard style computer performs as just that, a computer. It offers a very high quality voice recorder, detailed address book in which you can have mapped through Joyroute. Joyroute is the standard navigational aid software that supports the Windows Ce 2.12 operating system. Other navigational aid software is probably available, however I have searched and found no definite answers as on which operating systems the top providers such as Magellan, Garmin, and Navtech support. It offers a 5.1 dolby digital decoder which is superb quality even though I have it linked into my Mercedes DB2 Fiber Optic Loop for a Bose OEM Application. The voice recognition is somewhat clouded, it is hard to understand and sometimes hard to hear if the air vents are turned on. Using the HVAC and speech recognition is an impossible task. The DVD video output is great along with the capability through an external RGB converter for Large Screen Navigation has proved to be quiet handy. However, Installing the GPS unit can be tricky. You must resinstall the operating system after connecting the GPS unit otherwise windows will not recognize it is there due to not having a "Plug and Play" type complaint board. Overall the unit is excellent for a savvy computer enthusiast. However, those of you who prefer for everything to "just work damnit" should avoid this style of a unit. But if you are willing to pay the retail price of $2300 along with a $1,000 installers bill then you are probably another computer pirate searching for your technology gold in yet another microsoft mine. Don't buy it there, install it yourself, and save a $hit load of money. I only spent 800 and recieved the GPS unit, the autopc unit itself with brain, nav software, map data, usb 4 way port, and rgb to component nav converter delivered to my door. However, the installtion process is still in limbo from original start date about 3 weeks ago. Good luck and thanks for reading.
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