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x610 screen visibility question
April 10, 2011
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weaver1308 wrote:

SO, my question is, are there any tricks that people use to make the screen more readable? I'm thinking the bright, no contrast visibility caused by the weather conditions might have contributed to the screen visibility problem but this weather pattern is supposed to stick around for a few days.

Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
--Walt

Okay, I'm the OP and since I posted this I've made a few tweaks on how I'm using the x610 in my car, all pretty simple. First, I use the power cable. Second, I turned the brightness all the way up. That's it. The screen is very easy to read now. Thanks to all for the hints/suggestions.

--Walt

April 8, 2011
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That's correct. I've noticed this and it's a good tattle-tale that you've lost your usb plugin when the backlight goes out ... lol!

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April 8, 2011
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KI4HLW wrote:

Better yet would be independent settings where the unit would detect battery power and auto increase the brightness and turn off the backlight timeout! Most laptops can do this and it is great.

Do you mean external power? Because the unit already does this.

April 8, 2011
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I would enjoy seeing a 25% increase to the brightest setting of the backlight, and have it only available when the unit is on external power, to prevent overly fast drain of the batteries. I don't know if it's possible to increase brightness thru the settings or firmware, or if it's a limit of the backlight itself. Perhaps something that our friendly insiders could get an answer for.

Better yet would be independent settings where the unit would detect battery power and auto increase the brightness and turn off the backlight timeout! Most laptops can do this and it is great.

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April 8, 2011
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phild31 wrote:

I can read the screen of my 710, on the windshield of my truck, on a bright sunny day and a bright overcast day.
Set the screen brightness to the highest setting.
Battery or power cord does not matter.

A smaller, non-touchscreen device is brighter than any touchscreen device.

Just curious, but why did you compare it with anything with the light turned off?
With the light off you have to get just the right angle to the light source (the sun) to see the screen at all.

Thanks for the info. I didn't take into account the differences in the screens. And no, I didn't have the brightness turned all the way up. I'll fiddle around with it tomorrow.

-- Walt

April 8, 2011
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The weather here today (Montana) is overcast, snowy, but very bright. I'll have to say that I was disappointed with the screen visibility with the backlight off. Even with the backlight on the screen was dim. A caveat: I did not hook up the included power cable. It was running on battery juice only. During my test drive I also had my Garmin eTrex Vista in its mount and the screen, despite its smaller size, was MUCH easier to read then the x610's.

SO, my question is, are there any tricks that people use to make the screen more readable? I'm thinking the bright, no contrast visibility caused by the weather conditions might have contributed to the screen visibility problem but this weather pattern is supposed to stick around for a few days.

I noticed EXACTLY the same thing, bright sun, snow, water puddles reflecting the sun, snow reflecting the sun. Same effect. On a cloudy day its much better. No fault of the mount, simply the effect of having lots of ambient light coming into the vehicle from the front. Your pupils dilate more to block the excess light, and the interior of the veh. appears dark.

I'm a mechanic and see the same effect while inspecting a car in the sunlight. You can't see anything under the hood with the sun out. Brin it in the shop, and you see everything just fine.

My 610 is always plugged in while driving, and on the brightest setting, whereas my Triton 500 could be set to a much lower setting in the same light conditions.

I would enjoy seeing a 25% increase to the brightest setting of the backlight, and have it only available when the unit is on external power, to prevent overly fast drain of the batteries. I don't know if it's possible to increase brightness thru the settings or firmware, or if it's a limit of the backlight itself. Perhaps something that our friendly insiders could get an answer for.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

April 7, 2011
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I can read the screen of my 710, on the windshield of my truck, on a bright sunny day and a bright overcast day.
Set the screen brightness to the highest setting.
Battery or power cord does not matter.

A smaller, non-touchscreen device is brighter than any touchscreen device.

Just curious, but why did you compare it with anything with the light turned off?
With the light off you have to get just the right angle to the light source (the sun) to see the screen at all.

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April 7, 2011
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There are differences between a touchscreen and a non touchscreen device.
The Garmin has no digitizer foil over the screen, as the eXplorist has.
So there must be a difference between those both units.
Please check: have you used the most brightest setting? When in battery mode, I lower the brightness, for power saving...

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Today I received the Magellan suction cup windshield mount in the mail. Took it out of the box, put it together (took about a minute) and decided to take it for a spin. I attached the x610 to the mount, attached the mount to the windshield, fired the GPSr up and took off after it got a lock.

The weather here today (Montana) is overcast, snowy, but very bright. I'll have to say that I was disappointed with the screen visibility with the backlight off. Even with the backlight on the screen was dim. A caveat: I did not hook up the included power cable. It was running on battery juice only. During my test drive I also had my Garmin eTrex Vista in its mount and the screen, despite its smaller size, was MUCH easier to read then the x610's.

One quick note: this is not a slam on the mount itself. It works great, although for me it's kind of a stopgap until RAM finally ships its Explorist mount. I have one on order.

SO, my question is, are there any tricks that people use to make the screen more readable? I'm thinking the bright, no contrast visibility caused by the weather conditions might have contributed to the screen visibility problem but this weather pattern is supposed to stick around for a few days.

Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
--Walt

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