Road Dragon 7" Car DVD/GPS Review

Published by administrator on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 11:45

Road Dragon 7" Car DVD/GPS Review

I purchased this unit from Australia on a Thursday evening and it arrived Monday morning about 8:30am! Not bad! Kudos to ChinaVasion and UPS.

I had to purchase a SUBARU to ISO Harness from SuperCheap ($AUD14.95), and this plugged directly into the ISO connector on the back of the unit. The entire unit was installed in about 30 minutes. Had a few issues with the Subaru faceplate - but that's another story.

The user-interface isn't too bad - but lacks "polish". It's kind of seperated into the multimedia functions (Radio, TV, DVD, etc...) and the GPS functions - but the GPS side of the menu has it's own functions for playing Movies, Music and photos. Seems like two different systems were cobbled together?

Radio = works fine. Up to 6 presets can be used per FM/AM channel.

DVD player = works fine.

Multimedia (mp3, avi, etc... on SD or USB) = works fine - but the user interface is pretty poor. It doesn't display full directory paths or filenames - it shows the old DOS 8.3 format - i.e "Wild Ones" display as "WILDON~1" - very annoying. Also, all of my iPhone M4V files (MP4) would not play. They may need to be re-encoded. AVI's seemed to play OK.

iPhone = only supports playing music from the iPhone's music library which is a bit of a bummer. Also, once connected to the iphone cable, you can't navigate the songs on your iPhone/iPad - you must use the 7" onscreen display - which only really has the standard NEXT, PREV, FFW, RWD, PAUSE/PLAY functions. Pretty poor. Because it also only plays music, it means that all of my VIDEOS on the iPhone can't be played and the audio piped through the unit.

GPS = Haven't located the correct software for this yet - but will post again once I have a review.

TV Tuner = Don't even bother. The hardware seemed to to scan all the Australian DVTB channels correctly, but when I tried to watch them (even with the aerial stuck outside on the rooftop!) - the signal strength was no way strong enough. The video/audio kept breaking up and freezing - totally unwatchable. That's a fail.

In general, I am pretty happy with the unit. My main uses is really for iPhone connection, music from SD card and GPS (still to be tested). Oh, and the some movies for the kids. My only concern is the poor user-interface on some features. More thought should have gone into "how" people will actually use it.

I give it a 7/10 so far.

Good luck and enjoy!


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Meet the all new Road Dragon, a superior 2-DIN car DVD player with all the features you'd expect from a high-end device, including: A 7 inch touchscreen, advanced GPS solutions, free DVB-T digital TV reception, and multimedia mastery to make sure your ride is safe and pleasant.

Cutting-edge Navigation: The Road Dragon effortlessly runs today's hottest GPS maps so you'll always experience peace of mind when you're behind the wheel. Turn by turn voice instructions, lane assist, and points of interest are just some of the cutting edge GPS features this amazing car DVD player supports.

State-of-the-Art Communication: Bluetooth pair your cellphone to the Road Dragon when you first get in the car and you'll enjoy both hands on the steering wheel peace of mind while being accessible to family, friends, as well as your boss! Talk to your callers through the powerful built-in MIC while listening to them through your car speakers!

Advanced Entertainment: Prepare to be entertained with a region-free DVD player that plays DVD's from any country, as well as all CD and VCD formats. The Road Dragon will also play music from your iPod or MP4 player, as well as run audio and video files stored on SD cards or USB flash drives. What's more, it comes with a powerful DVB-T receiver and intelligent antenna for crystal clear over the air free digital TV on its 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution touchscreen! The Road Dragon comes with everything you'll ever need from a car GPS + media system to keep you and your passengers entertained and on schedule while driving around town or across the country.

With an affordable wholesale price, this is the perfect item to D.I.Y. into your own car or buy for your small business. Then when you see how good it is you can re-order more for the resale market. Also included our famous 12 month product warranty, only from the leader in direct wholesale electronics, Chinavasion.

At a Glance...

  • Improved software and hardware
  • 3D dynamic revolving interface
  • 7.0 inch LCD True Touchscreen
  • GPS and free magnet antenna
  • DVB-T and free magnet antenna
  • Picture in picture functionality
  • Steering wheel control
  • Free 2GB SD card
  • Dual Zone functionality
  • Amazing Wholesale Price


Manufacturer Specifications

  • Primary Function: 2-DIN 7 Inch Touchscreen Car DVD Player System with GPS Navigator and DVB-T
  • Main System Information
    - Chip Type: SIRF IV
    - Frequency: 500MHZ+250MHZ DSP
    - DDR SDRAM: 64 MB
    - Internal Flash Memory: 64 MB
    - External Memory (SD card support): up to 32GB (free 2GB SD card included), USB Drive up to 32GB
    - COM Port: 2
    - Operating System: Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 (compatible with all GPS software packages)
  • GPS Information:
    - Receiver Module: SIRF IV
    - Frequency: 1.575 GHZ
    - C/A Code: 1.023 MHZ
    - Signal Channels: 64
    - Tracking Sensitivity: -161 dBm
    - Position Sensitivity: 10m, 2D RMS; 5m, 2D RMS , WAAS enable
    - Speed Rate: 0.1m/s
    - Data Update Rate: 1HZ
    - Recapture Time: Average 0.1s
    - Hot Startup Time: Average 1s
    - Warm Startup Time: Average 32s
    - Cold Startup Time: Average 38s
    - Maximum Position Altitude: 18000M
    - Maximum Speed Rate: 515m/s
    - Built-in Antenna Type: External power source porcelain antenna
    - Built-in Antenna Voltage: 3.3V±5%
    - Built-in Antenna Current: 15mA
    - Built-in Antenna Gain: 27dB
    - Interface: Touch Screen
    - GUI Interface: YES - 3D type
    - Maps: via SD card
    - Voice: YES
    - GPS menu languages: English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Mandarin Putonghua Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese, German, Croatian, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Romanian, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Slovak, Slovene, Serbian, Flemish, Bulgarian, Ukranian, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Kalba, Hungarian, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Czech, Greek, Russian, Thai, Malay (Actual voice and display language depends on the GPS software being used)
  • Discs: DVD, CD, VCD, Super VCD, CD-R/RW, CD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW
  • Media Formats Supported:
    - Video: DIVX, MP4, AVI
    - Audio: MP3, WMA
    - Picture: JPEG
  • External Memory
    - SD Card: YES (max 32GB)
  • Operation: Touch Screen or Remote Control
  • Display Information
    - Screen: 7 Inch TFT LCD
    - Resolution: 800 x 480
    - Video Systems: PAL, NTSC
  • Audio Information
    - Max Audio Output: 45W x 4
  • DVB-T Information
    - DVB-T receiving standard: MPEG-2
  • AM/FM Radio Tuner Information
    - AM Frequency Range: 522~1710KHz (Worldwide)
    - FM Tuning Range: 87.5~108.0MHz (Worldwide)
  • Bluetooth Information
    - Pair with mobile phone - then use touchscreen interface
    - Dial, Answer, Stop Call
    - Volume Control
    - Touchscreen Keypad
  • Media Inputs:
    - GPS card slot (behind screen)
    - SD/MMC card slot (behind screen)
    - DVD/CD disc slot (behind screen)
    - GPS Antenna port (rear)
    - DVB-T Antenna port (rear)
    - Mini USB input (front)
  • Front Panel Controls
    - Power ON/OFF
    - Decrease / Increase Volume
    - MIC
    - Reset
    - Mute/Select
    - Disk Insert/Eject
  • Primary AV Cables / Wires
    - IPOD input
    - DVB-T input
    - USB input
    - GPS antenna input
    - Radio antenna input
    - RCA Audio OUT x2 (front L and R)
    - RCA Audio OUT x2 (rear L and R)
    - Aux-L IN
    - Aux-R IN
    - Subwoofer
    - Video IN
    - Video OUT x2
    - Rearview CCD Camera IN
    - Left Front Speaker x2
    - Right Front Speaker x2
    - Left Rear Speaker x2
    - Right Rear Speaker x2
  • Dimensions W: 170 mm H: 104 mm D: 161 mm (with front panel: 184 mm)
  • DVD OSD language: English, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Menu language: English, Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese
  • Certification: CE, FCC, RoHS

Product Notes

  • This product supports the DVB-T digital TV standard, which is not used worldwide. Please check to see if DVB-T will work in your region: [ T]
  • This DVB-T product receives MPEG-2 encoded signals. Please check whether your region's Digital TV broadcasts are MPEG-2 type or MPEG-4 before purchasing this product.
  • Connect your iPod to listen to your entire music collection on your car stereo system The USB port is a great way to hook up your portable media player with your car entertainment center.
  • Special GPS Note: This model is compatible with most brands of GPS software - however hardware specific software such as Garmin may not run on this unit. As the wholesaler, Chinavasion provides the GPS-enabled hardware only, not the software. Chinavasion provides no warranty or customer support regarding GPS software. Chinavasion cannot provide downloads / links / advice regarding GPS software. Any software installation you undertake should be performed or supervised by a professional.
  • The installation of this Car DVD Player should only be performed or supervised by a professional. If you need further information you can refer to this - Information On Installing A Car DVD Player
  • This Car DVD Player features Rearview Camera Input so you can connect it with one of our Rear View Cameras for maximum driving convenience

Package Contents

  • Car DVD with GPS, DVB-T
  • GPS antenna with magnetic base (3 meter length cable)
  • DVB-T antenna with magnetic base (3 meter length cable)
  • Free 2GB SD card
  • Mini USB to USB Cable
  • Remote Control
  • iPod Cable
  • Mounting Hardware
  • User Manual - English

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does this product support the Greek language?
    The main menu system does not have Greek language. However if your GPS software comes in Greek then the GPS "Voice" and "Text" will be in Greek.
  • Is the magnetic base of the GPS antenna strong enough to be placed on the roof of my car?
    Yes, the base of the GPS antenna has a built-in ultra powerful magnet, so it will stay stuck to your car no matter what driving speed or weather condition.

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