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on September 21, 2013
Bought this because I am of the senior group, own a Subaru car and as we all know Subaru is a good car with about the worst dash board and gauges of any car made. Anyway I can not really read the speedometer and have tried all the smart phone apps and could never read any of them in daylight on the windshield. So bought this thinking I could connect with my iPad for a HUGE GPS. Well......first the bluetooth will not pair with Apple products so if you have an iPad or iPhone this will not work. Tried it with IOS 6.1, 6.13, and the new 7 and still nothing. It does pair very well with Android. Second the speed alerts are really of no use. Dont even know why they put them on this device. You have to preselect preset limits which do not change until you manually change them. So lets say you set the alarm at 45 MPH and you enter a 35 MPH zone....it does you no good because unless you reset the limit to 35......your alarm will not go off until you are 10 MPH over the limit and have a ticket.
Now for the good. This unit does what it says it does and does it well. I live in sunny Nevada and have sun all day every day. I can read this on the windshield even without the black reflective film. It will wash out for a few seconds if the background changes to something like very light concrete. It has a slight lag, it is GPS based, and does not really show any speed until you reach about 6 MPH but then you are not using it at that speed anyway. The higher the speed the more steady the reading becomes. I have become very attached to this unit and now hardly have to ever check my horrible Subaru dashboard for anything except how much gas I have left. You would have to pry this out of my hands. Yes it would be nice if this was battery operated as that would get rid of the cord but a small price to pay.
The seller shipped fast and does respond to emails and are pleasant to deal with. I contacted them about the Apple problem and they said it was the first they had heard about it but did confirm that they tried a unit with their iPhones and found the same problem. They did say weeks ago they would change their description of the item on Amazon to show that it did not work with Apple but to date they have not done so.
So the end is if you need a HUD speed display and dont need bluetooth or speed alerts this unit will work very well for you.
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on November 26, 2012
My previous car had the factory HUD installed and after driving it for 11 years you get very used to not having to take your eyes off the road to see the current speed. After some research, I decided to give this unit a try. Glad I did. It's fantastic for the price.

It's bright enough that it doesn't completely wash out in bright sunlight - even without the film applied to the windshield. (I'm currently NOT using the included windshield film, which is a bit too dark for my taste, but I have done a preliminary test with a clear "screen protector" film for smartphones, blackberry, etc. which seems better to me and can be repositioned.)

After using the this HUD for the last 1500 miles, it's earned a permanent home in my new car. It locks on to the GPS signals quickly and is very accurate, with no apparent delay. (speed always matched my dashboard speedometer, my GPS NAV and radar detector w/GPS - crazy - I have 4 speedometers in my car now and this is the one I use the most since purchase.)

I'm not interested in the bluetooth (it wouldn't connect to my iPod 4th gen) or the speed alarms - but it's worth the price paid for the HUD SPEEDO alone.

The anti-skid mat included works great, too. Power cord is well made. The unit itself is very light weight and very portable, and can easily be moved from car to car.

(You may see a slight double-image without the included film (or clear screen-protector of your own) but it's not significant enough to bother me.)
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on September 22, 2013
This unit allows me to document my speed on video without having to spend many hundreds of dollars for the purchase and special installation of trucker's cameras. I am quite satisfied with its performance. I do not change the speed of my car quickly, so unlike other reviewers, I find it keeps up with the needle on my speedometer satisfactorily.

This unit closely matches my speedometer reading. It's readout reflection is clearly visible on my windshield in direct Oregon sunlight without the need for the reflector film. It seems to know ambient light and has been just right, not too dim and not too bright. While I'm focused on the road I'm getting used to seeing it's double in my peripheral vision, which in my experience of the past week is a useful technique though not everyone's brains will adapt perhaps. I positioned mine all the way forward under my windshield so its readout coincides with the silhouette of my hood, so no one can claim interference with my field of view.

Though my unit came with everything needed to keep it in position on my dash, I wanted to make my unit less noticeable to passers by. So heating my box cutter with my propane torch I cut a depression along my marker line, all doors open. My needle nose pliers removed the unwanted foam. My razor blade paint scraper made the base of the cavity uniform. The new elevation of said depression has nothing to do with the reflection coinciding with the silhouette of my hood. Whether that can be accomplished really depends on the design of the car. Luckily it still stays at just the right angle so I see nothing of the actual emitter and other motorists can't tell there is anything on my dash unless they are sitting up high enough to see the initial light. Considering the tightness of the negative allowance between my cavity and this unit, I do indeed like how strong they made its shell.

CONCLUSION: In my estimate, if you speed, and your dash holds this unit at too steep an angle, and the oncoming officer is up high in an SUV, you will self incriminate for the offense without the patrol officer having to go to any extra trouble. This unit helps me go 1 or 2 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. I'm not trying to make everyone like me anyway. Truly great unit.
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on July 4, 2016
Our new 2016 Rav4 hybrid was a real delight with all of it's new technology! Except for the current speed -- which can only be read by glancing down to a semi-buried 1940's style speedometer (eyes momentarily off the road). We resolved this at first by putting our clunky old Garmin back up on the dash -- just to read our current speed! Then I saw the HUD unit on Amazon -- and sent for it.

Installation involved taking it out of the package and placing it on our dash and plugging it in. Pretty easy for even non-techies! It immediately showed our current speed and even better -- a red flag when we went over the posted speed!

Why didn't Toyota do that? All of our military aircraft have HUD displays for a good reason -- keeps your eyes on the "road" ahead.
Otherwise -- we are pleased with our Rav4 and it's many great new features and technology!
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on September 3, 2012
I bought this before taking a cross country trip in my new Mustang. In my old one I had some custom guages set up and one of them was a digital speedo. The new one also has custom guages but no speedo. I found myself looking over at the guages by force of habit to get my exact speed and it wasn't there heh! I installed this HUD just forward of the Boss 302 pod that sits on the dash in what would otherwise be wasted space between it and the windshield anyhow. It fit perfectly. I mounted it down with the included velcro and a little additional piece I had and got it all centered. You can't even see the velcro and the power wire is run up along the dash so all you see is about two inches of it. A very clean looking install. I have the reflector mounted in the center of the windshield and it works well. In my opinion you need it. Air bubbles are a bit of a pain, but what can you do? I'll probably try to get some more of them out.

Now all I have to do is glance to my right and I see a very bright green speed readout on the window. Its perfectly visible even in direct sun light shining into your face. I drove over 3,000 miles last week and never had a problem with reception or accuracy.

While it does have several front panel controls for adjustments, I just set them up the way I wanted prior to mounting the unit as I don't have access to them any longer. I figured I'll never need to change it from MPH, I don't want to adjust it's accuracy to match anything else, (they were all spot on anyhow), I didn't want an audible alarm to go off when I get to a certain speed and that the visual alarm indictor set to 100 MPH was sufficient. When I get to tripple digits it can let me know I'm going fast. That's not as hard as you might think with this car lol.

To sum it up: The product arrived on time, is well constructed and performed flawlessly. It has no problems working in the heat or direct sun light. I've wired it into my ignition and it will be a permanent part of my car's instumentation. If this is what you're looking for, you won't be disapointed.
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on December 9, 2010
For what it's worth, my expectations were low but took a $130 gamble and was pleasantly surprised. For the money, it's not going to turn your car into KIT from Knight Rider or compare to the OEM HUDs on luxury cars, but for my needs it functions perfectly. I don't need any bells and whistles, just want an easy alternative to the broken speedometer on my classic car. I like the simplicity of the display and found the brightness satisfactory in daylight. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase.
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on September 20, 2014
This 5-star rating takes into account the inherent limitations of any GPS-based speedometer: start-up/acquisition delay, no real reading in tunnels or under dense overhead obstructions, and short delay when automobile speed changes. Hard-wiring a wired OBD-2 connection in my Forester costs $240 at the dealer and I don't want to void my warranty with do-it-yourself. SO the GPS is the way to go for me. The bottom line, with the above caveats in mind, is that this GPS-based unit provides a DEAD-ON ACCURATE speed display reading identical to my car's analog speedometer. I can't ask for more than that. Oh, the screen that came with the unit will make the digital reflected display a bit easier to read, but I've decided that I don't need it, and read the speed off the glass ... it is very bright and can be read in all lighting conditions that I have encountered. I'm keeping it.
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on August 27, 2013
Who knew you could get a new car feature for an old car. This little gadget works great. Other than having the power cord draped over the dash, the unit itself is not in my way of viewing the road. I can move it easily between my two vehicles after buying an extra windshield film. I found I had to use the film, otherwise I could not see the display in the sunlight. It plugs into the cigarette lighter for its power, and since that outlet is always power-on, I have to remember to unplug it, so that is a feature I dislike. Some day I'll figure out how to wire it to the fuse panel switched-on power and a plug so I can still move it between vehicles.

I found it interesting going thru 3 of those speed displays on a 3-mile stretch of highway, that this always read 1 mile an hour faster. I thought the police and a GPS would come out the same, but it never did. It's a great little unit; takes a minute or so after moving to register the speed, but I really like it especially in the truck while pulling a trailer. My speed was always in view without having to take my eyes off the road.
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on August 17, 2013
I initially bought this product to put in my Mustang. But in reality, I'm in my work vehicle every day, so it ended up there. I didn't use the "reflective film" that is included, though I did dabble with it and thought it would be more intrusive to my vision than a hula girl on my dashboard. Without the film (that uses static electricity to stick), you can still see it just fine. On sunny days, it is a bit harder to see in your peripheral vision, but so is the one in front of my steering wheel because I'm not looking at it. It includes velcro stickers to seat the device where you want it, and also a rubber sticky pad to rest it on, if you want to move it around.

It is accurate, although a second or two behind your acceleration and braking (because it is GPS based). Driving past a radar trailer that displays your speed, it will be dead-on, where your speedometer isn't going to be. My F-150's speedometer will show me doing 35, when I'm really doing only 30.

The bells and whistles thrown in, like setting the unit to alert you when you're speeding... well, no one's going to use that, but I guess the developer felt the need to throw in something where you had some buttons to push. Once you plug it into a lighter outlet, the unit is installed and working. Done.

Another strange quirk is that you can bluetooth it to something. What this does is use the HUD as a GPS device. Wouldn't make much sense to pair it with your (activated) smart phone, but might be noteworthy to pair it to something like a tablet that you didn't purchase a 4G plan with.
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on December 22, 2012
I just got this today and have been using it all day and all night. It is super easy to use right out of the box and it does not take long for the GPS to get a signal and start displaying the speed. The speed is totally accurate and matches the Rav4 speedometer exactly. I have not had it up against an actual GPS but I'll bet that the readouts from one will be the same as it is GPS-based after all.

One downside is that at night, despite the unit being self-dimming, it is still really bright, to the point where it is just too bright. I solved it by taking a cutout piece of a tinted piece of plastic notebook cover I got from a dollar store, cut it out to fit into the display and it dims the display enough at night so that I can see it easily but it is not too distracting from being so bright.

Otherwise, I can imagine that during the day it being plenty bright enough to see, even in bright/direct sunlight. I put up a piece of mirrored tint on the windshield for the image to project on to and I'll see how it works in the daylight with polarized sunglasses on and report back.
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