Thinkware X1000 Review
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|Pros||Great daytime performance, large LCD screen, straightforward interface||Great video quality, second cab-facing camera||Great features, 4K resolution, menu is easy to operate||Low profile, 180-degree field of view, exterior and interior cameras||Budget-friendly, parking mode, auto-on, small profile|
|Cons||Grainy nighttime videos, large footprint||Pricey, relatively bulky||Large size, only one camera, buttons are confusing||Video quality suffers in the dark, no screen, low-quality interior video||Grainy night vision, small screen|
|Bottom Line||This large-screened dash cam has great daytime video quality but not so much at night||Currently the best rideshare model due to its great video quality and second camera||This 4K dash cam does a great job capturing clear footage, day and night||A dash cam that offers great video quality, a low profile, and will record both inside and outside your vehicle||An affordable device that offers a small footprint, minimal convenience features, and sub-par night vision|
|Rating Categories||Thinkware X1000||Vantrue N2 Pro Uber...||Miofive 4K||Garmin Tandem||Vantrue N1 Pro|
|Video Quality (40%)|
|Video Capture (25%)|
|Visual Footprint (10%)|
|Specs||Thinkware X1000||Vantrue N2 Pro Uber...||Miofive 4K||Garmin Tandem||Vantrue N1 Pro|
|Forward Camera Field of View||156º||170º||140º||180º||160º|
|Forward Camera Resolution||1440p||1440p||2160p||1440p||1080p|
|Event Detection G Sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Camera Dimensions L x W x H||4-1/8" x 2-7/16" x 1-1/8"||3-4/5" x 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"||4-1/2" x 1-5/8" x 1-3/16"||2-1/5" x 1-3/5" x 4/5"||2-1/2" x 2" x 1-3/8"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Thinkware X1000 did an exceptional job keeping its daytime video quality up with the 4K resolution competitors. It boasts a massive LCD screen that is straightforward and easy to see. Overall, we were impressed with the Thinkware, but we wish it performed better after the sun went down.
The Thinkware has a dual camera system, rear and front, with a 156-degree field of view. The system records at a native 2964p and scales it down to a 1440p resolution. That said, the videos had no graininess whatsoever during the day. We could clearly read license plates and road signs.
The nighttime video quality is a different story. The videos are grainy and contain a substantial glare. This was made worse by any oncoming headlights. Because of this, we were unable to make out any license plates when the sun went down.
The camera starts recording as soon as the car is turned on, so it'll never skip a beat. It records in one-minute clip lengths and loops over the oldest footage when full. It includes a sensitive G-Sensor that will initiate a hard brake or quick stop. The device doesn't include WiFi connection, so connecting to a PC by cord or MicroSD reader is required for pulling videos. Additionally, the system has a parking mode, though the device needs to be hardwired to support this.
The X1000 has a large 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen. The screen is well-lit, easy to see, and has a clear image. The interface is clean and easy to understand, with well-labeled buttons. Getting to the main menu is a breeze, and once there, there are options for volume control, brightness, microphone settings, parking mode, and files. The files include the footage gallery and memory settings. Overall, this was one of the best interface designs in the lineup.
Having such a large screen comes with its downsides, especially when it comes to its visual footprint. The Thinkware takes up a decent amount of space as it is roughly four inches long and over two inches wide. It resembles a small digital camera from the early 2000s and can be slightly distracting when driving. It is attached to the windshield by an adhesive mount, which is pretty standard for most dash cams. It doesn't have an internal battery, so it'll need to stay plugged in. An additional hardwiring kit is available to rid the hanging cord, and it also enables the parking mode.
Should you buy the Thinkware X1000?
Overall, the Thinkware X1000 is a decent camera. It shines in its daytime video performance with no glare or graininess. Its performance was similar to that of the 4K resolution models. However, the same can't be said for its nighttime performance. If you primarily drive during the day, this camera is a great option. However, we would suggest a different model if you're more active at night.
What other dash cams should you consider?
The Miofive 4K had a similar daytime performance to the Thinkware. However, the Miofive did a bit better at night. It was able to capture license plates and road signs, regardless of the time of day. If you're looking for a dash cam that is small and gets the job done, check out the Garmin Mini 2. It's not the most advanced, but its minimalist design allows it to blend into its surroundings so you can focus on the road.
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