So you decided not to spring for the in-dash DVD player and flip-down screens in your latest car. No problem: your passengers can still watch movies on the road, using your iDevice as the source.
Launching at CES 2012, the Philips PV7002i and PV9002i come with a pair of LCD screens designed to be mounted on the back of the front seats’ headrests. Meanwhile, your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad sits up front in a specially designed cup-holder dock, which also charges the device.
The PV7002i will come with two 7-inch screens, two sets of mounting straps, the aforementioned dock and the single cable that connects them all. The screens have built-in stereo speakers.
The PV9002i is identical, but with 9-inch screens. The kits will be priced at US$170 and US$200, respectively, and are due to ship in the US in April.
Much as we love the idea behind this, we’re not ready to turn cartwheels just yet. For one thing, what’s the screen resolution on these LCDs? We’ve seen some in-car DVD kits with pretty horrendous displays. We don’t expect Retina quality, here, but these better not be 480×234, either.
Also, does each screen have a headphone jack? It’s not mentioned anywhere in the admittedly abbreviated specs, but we wouldn’t buy this kit without that feature. For parents seeking a bit of peace and quiet during road trips (plus freedom to listen to the radio), a headphone option is essential.
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