Driving Entertainment

In car entertainment

  • WinCE Car Stereos at Xtrons

    WinCE Car Stereos

    Windows CE (WinCE) derived from the Microsoft Windows operating system but has been engineered to include or embed itself on more space-constrained devices such as car stereo head units.

     

    The familiar user interface and recognisable features of Windows are the WinCE car stereo’s most endearing qualities, because so many people are used to operating with it.

    There’s no doubt that WinCE provide a commendable, admirable and interactive car stereo solution, with credibility in the multitasking and performance categories. However, we wanted to take a closer look at what the WinCE car stereos at Xtrons can do.

     

    New WinCE Car stereos

     

    The new WinCE car stereos at Xtrons have more features than ever, yet still maintain the swiftness and smoothness of a Microsoft product.

     

    PDAB7146B - Here are the capabilities of the WinCE, custom fit for BMW & Rover:

    WinCE Car Stereo for BMW WinCE car stereo for BMW

     

    Screen

    This head unit has a 7” HD ready digital touch screen with an impressive 800*480 screen resolution. Perfect for maximising the crispness you’ve come to expect from digital devices. With a screen-mirroring function enabling you to sync your smartphone to the unit, the touch screen comes in to its own with many accessible functions.

     

    Engine

    Fuelled by the powerful 800MHZ Cortex A7 processor, this car WinCE car stereo packs speed and performance which betters anything that came before it. By developing the efficient heat dissipation, it allows the unit to perform to new levels and exhaust the additional heat created.

     

    Built-In

    As standard, this BMW WinCE car stereo comes with a built-in DVD player providing the cinematic experience for the comfort of your very own car. It also has an SD card portal, allowing for the exchange of any other files o information. It also has USB port to be able to connect, upload or download any files. The USB port doubles as a way of connecting to the internet via a 3G or 4G Wi-Fi dongle. There’s also the option to connect via the Bluetooth 4.0 feature.

     

    External

    Both reversing cameras and journey recorders are compatible with this WinCE car stereo. Each of these additions can improve your driving experience and safety. External microphones can be added to improve safety, as it allows you to make hands-free calls.

     

    Audio

    The ability to tune in to DAB has become somewhat of a necessity and with an optional DAB+ dongle your unit cold benefit form better sound quality and signal for DAB radio channels. Dongle aside, the unit has RDS enabled giving you access to many FM and AM stations as well as live updates. Turn up your station to a mega 1.5V in various sound modes such as rock & pop!

     

    For further detailed information of the above features, and more, please read the ‘Description’ section of each product.

     

    WinCE car stereo summary:

     

    WinCE car stereos are more than capable of competing in the in-car entertainment market. By expanding their features, making themselves more accessible, they are an attractive slightly cheaper alternative to the latest Android head units.

     

    There’s a real essence of reliability and performance when it comes to anything produced by Microsoft. Their wealth of experience and digital know-how carries over into these head units and they are continuing to embrace new technologies and keep up with additions, as they come to market.

     

    Shop our WinCE range now >

  • WinCE Car Stereo Vs Android Car Stereo

    WinCE Car Stereo

    It wasn’t too long ago when WinCE and Android OS (Operating Systems) were in completely different weight categories and you wouldn’t even begin to compare them. But now the two titans of in-car entertainment systems are battling it out to become the most credible heavyweight in the market.


    History clearly shows how the previous punching power of Windows CE (Microsoft) gave it a superior advantage over any of its challengers. However, lately, Android have been bulking up. And now they’re going toe to toe with WinCE for the title of best international head unit.

    Here’s how they match up…


    WinCE Car Stereo Vs Android Car Stereo Tale of the Tape:


    01. Preferences

    WinCE is renowned for its simplicity and efficiency. Ultimately, it delivers to what the customer expects and gives them a secure understanding and stability in a product. In the opposite corner, the opposing argument is that Android offer too many functions making it a lot more complex and difficult to manage or understand; possibly leading to more errors. On the flip side of that, perhaps the OS with the most functionality will suit more people and more vehicles, allowing for greater entertainment.


    02. Features

    If it’s features and accessories you like, the range of gadgets that are compatible with Android are far superior to that of WinCE. The simplest way to make a clear comparison is to check out our features tab on any Android or WinCE car stereo on our website.


    03. Reputation

    A decade ago, the reputation of WinCE would demolish anybody who dared to challenge it. Nowadays, Android have built up a fearsome reputation and following making it more than formidable. It’s anybody’s call.


    04. Performance 

    Due to the fact that each of the competitors are constantly renewing their OS with additional software updates, they tend to match one another when it comes to the technical specifications. The guarantee with WinCE is that you are investing in a reliable and smooth operation. They pride themselves on performance. Android are now matching that performance but due to its excessive additional features, it demands more from its processors. To tackle that, they recently introduced their Octa-Core range.


    05. Price

    Depending on your stance here, you may be inclined to make a snap decision. The fact of the matter is that Android are much more expensive than WinCE. Is that due to their impressive range of features and its adaptability? Or is it an over-inflated valuation? It’s more likely due to the flexibility in licensing software and hardware compared to WinCE’s stricter policies.


    06. Recommendations

    We stock both WinCE and Android, because we can see the benefits of each. We understand our customer’s needs are varied, therefore it’s difficult to pick a clear knock-out winner. So, we’ve thrown in the towel and chosen one of each for you to take a look at. Enjoy.


    PDAB70MTV - WinCE Car Stereo for Volkswagen/SKODA/SEAT

    7"HD Digital Touch Screen WinCE car stereo for Volkswagen/SKODA/SEAT

     


    PB76IBSAP - Android Car Stereo for Seat Ibiza

    Seat Ibiza Android Car Stereo

    If you’re still undecided about which of the two contenders to back, feel free to get in touch and ask our technical team any further questions.

    For more on our WinCE car stereo range click here

    For more on our Android car stereo range, click here

  • Countries, Cars & Android Car Stereos

    Android Car Stereos from the nations around the world

    Having recently announced a deal to ship to one of the world’s biggest car loving and car manufacturing nations, we thought we’d create a blog appreciating nations and their cars.

     

    Stereotypically, the nation we’ve just secured shipping links with is renowned for its food. Pizza, pasta and tiramisu are all steeped within this nation’s rich history and culture. But, for us, it must be recognised for its production of some of the globe’s most iconic cars: Lamborghini, Ferrari & Alfa Romeo. Credit where credit is due.

    Despite now shipping to Italy, Xtrons, unfortunately, don’t stock any car stereos for Italian made motors but we do have the rest of the world mostly covered…

     

    Germany

    The Germans are as famous for engineering as they are Bratwurst, so it’s no surprise that they produce some of the planet’s most popular cars.

     

    Audi

    Audi can trace its routes back to the late 1880s and is the coming together of four car companies, represented by the four rings in its logo.

     

    Audi Android Car Stereos

    Xtrons have developed and adapted numerous Android car stereo head units to be compatible with a wide selection of Audi vehicles. From the popular Audi A3 through to the delectable Audi TT, there’s something for all Audi car lovers in our range.

    Audi A3 Android Car Stereo  PB76AA3ARP – Audi A3 Android Car Stereo

     

    Audi TT Android Car Stereo

    PB76ATTAP – Audi TT Android Car Stereo

     

    Mercedes

    With heritage stretching back to a time before the 1900s, Mercedes, or Mercedes-Benz, are a widely recognised and highly regarded car manufacturer, reflected in their motto: ‘the best or nothing’.

     

    Mercedes Android Car Stereos

    Mercedes is one of the most popular Android car stereo models at Xtrons, with around 30 units covering the Mercedes range from ML-Class through to C-Class.

    Mercedes C Class Android Car Stereo

    PB76M209AP - Mercedes C-Class Android Car Stereo

    Mercedes A Class Android Car Stereo

    PB76M245AP – Mercedes A-Class Android Car Stereo

     

    Volkswagen

    VW are the flagship brand of the Volkswagen Group. Translated from German to English as ‘people’s car’, Volkswagen have backed up their namesake by becoming the largest automaker worldwide.

     

    Volkswagen Android Car Stereos

    These car stereos are in demand. That’s why we’ve created head units for just about every model imaginable; from the Passat and Sharan right the way through to the TT and Golf.

    VW Android Car Stereo

    PB76MTWAP – VW Android Car Stereo

    VW Android Car Stereo

    PB96MTVAPL – VW Android Car Stereo

     

    BMW

    Founded in 1916 as an aircraft production company, it wasn’t until the 1920s when BMW released their first automobile. The rest is history, as they say.

     

    BMW Android Car Stereos

    BMW head units have always been in demand. As the cars are made to last, updating them with some high-tech spec has been a frequent request. Naturally, we obliged.

     

    BMW 3 Series Android Car Stereo

    PB7646BAP – BMW 3 Series Android Car Stereo

    BMW 5 Series Android Car Stereo

    PB7639BAP – BMW 5 Series / X5 Android Car Stereo

     

    America

    Naturally, a forward-thinking, financial powerhouse nation like America will always compete to be at the forefront of the automotive industry. And they have proven to do so with some of the most recognised names in the business.

     

    Ford

    We’ve all heard of Henry Ford and we all know how influential the Ford Motor Company have been since 1903. Despite it’s close shave with bankruptcy it has since returned to one of the most profitable names in automotive today.

     

    Ford Android Car Stereos

    Stylised to accompany the diverse range of Ford vehicles, our Ford car stereos cover the Mondeo, Focus, Galaxy and everything in-between.

    Ford Android Car Stereo

    PB76FSFAP-S – Ford

    Ford Android Car Stereo

    PB76FFFAP – Ford

     

    Jeep

    Despite not being as old as some of the other automotive companies in America, Jeep has a rich history. Recognisable to millions, the unmistakable image of the Jeep often translates form its use in WWII and it was at the end of the war when Jeep released the first civilian model, of the back of its popularity.

     

    Jeep Android Car Stereo

    We have recently expanded our range of Jeep car stereos, including the introduction of Android Marshmallow 6.0 Octa-Core head units fit for the entire fleet, whether it be a Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Patriot.

    Jeep Android Car Stereo

    PB65WRJAP – Jeep

     Jeep Android Car Stereo 2

    PF61WRJS – Jeep

     

    Japan

    As one of the countries with the most cars manufactured since the 1960s, Japan are well-equipped with modern-day car manufacturing techniques and technology.

     

    Honda

    Perhaps more famous for its impressiveness in the motor-cycle industry, Unbelievably, Honda are now in the top ten car manufacturers in the world.

     

    Honda Android Car Stereo

    We’re steadily picking up on the demand for Honda car stereo head units and have a couple of powerful performers in our collection.

    Honda CRV Android Car Stereo

    PCD86CVHA – Honda CRV Android Car Stereo

    Honda CRV Android Car Stereo

    PF81CVHS – Honda CRV Android Car Stereo

     

    Toyota

    One of the biggest companies in the world, employing over 330,000 people, Toyota are showing no signs of slowing down as they continue to produce some spectacle cars.

     

    Toyota Android Car Stereo

    Our Toyota Android car stereo range is very contemporary, in keeping with the brand and its innovative and iconic style.

    Toyota Rav 4 Android Car Stereo

    PCD76RVTA – RAV4 Android Car Stereo

    Toyota Android Car Stereo

    PB76HGTAP - Toyota Android Car Stereo

     

    Providing the World with In-Car Entertainment

     

    We may all originate from different continents and inherit different cultures, whilst all speaking in different languages. Yet, we can all find common ground with an appreciation of automobiles and their methods of entertainment.

     

    Xtrons ship worldwide and cater for many more nations than the ones explored in this article. To discover more about what we do, where we ship, and vehicle specific in-car entertainment products and accessories, visit www.xtrons.com.

  • 5 Affordable Car Accessories

    Improving or enhancing your car can often concur great costs. Modifications to your engine, time consuming bodywork and other alterations usually require expensive parts and labour. However, it is still possible to add that little bit extra to your car without breaking the bank.

     

    Here are 5 affordable car accessories that can improve your enjoyment of driving, increase in-car entertainment and even prevent accidents. 

     

    Best Car Accessories #1 - DAB+

     

    Indulge yourself in the world of Digital Audio Broadcasting. Open yourself up to a wealth of digital channels and become immersed in the improved audio quality. Strong anti-interference technology, detailed channel information and swift switching between statins are just 3 benefits to DAB.

    Choose from either a DAB box with aerial or a DAB USB. Both Digital Audio Broadcasters are more than affordable at just £49.99.

    Best Car Accessories - DAB + USB

    USBDAB01

    Best Car Accessories - DAB+ Box

    DAB01

     

    Best Car Accessories #2 - DVB - T Receiver

     

    Digital Video Broadcasters are a leading in-car entertainment accessory because they can provide better viewing than a normal analogue TV. They are very simple to install and pick up Freeview and other digital channels with ease. Also, the HD and SD ports to allow you to record and save your favourite shows in a wide variety of languages!

    With a few to choose from, you can pick up a DVD-T from between £69.99-£89.99.

    Best Car Accessories - DVB-T Freeview Receiver

    FV009

    Best Car Accessories - DVB-T Receiver

    FV006

     

    Best Car Accessories #3 - Parking Sensors

     

    For some, parking comes naturally; for others, it’s the stuff of nightmares! Sometimes, some of us would much rather drive an extra mile than attempt a tight spot!

    The good news is that parking sensors are extremely affordable and effective. Equipped with sensors to alert the driver of unseen obstacles whilst parking, you won’t miss a thing, especially as instructions appear on a 3.5” digital display.

    Choose from a range of colours for your sensors and invest for just £19.99.

    Best Car Accessories - Parking Sensors

    CPS006

     

    Best Car Accessories #4 - Journey Recorders / Dash Cams

     

    Dash Cams are an incredibly useful car accessory. The best of them have the ability to: continuously record a journey; record on loop; detect a sudden change in G-force with G-sensors and display it all in impressive 1080p HD video. So, if you have an accident, you have the evidence to support your claim.

    From as little as £24.99, you can capture your every move!

    Best Car Accessories - Dash Cams

    DVR007

    Best Car Accessories - Dash Cams

    DVR015

     

    Best Car Accessories #5 - Reversing Cameras

     

    If the fear of parallel parking or reversing into something, because you can’t judge space or distance, a reversing camera is a simple solution. Choosing a reversing camera can help you to avoid unnecessary damage to your vehicle and others. You don’t have to be as reliant on your wing, or rear-view, mirrors either. But it will increase your hazard perception, dramatically.

    With a vast range of styles, specifications and fittings, the choice is cosmic. Pick yours up from as little as £22.99.

    Best Car Accessories - Reversing Cameras

    CAM005

    Best Car Accessories - Reversing Camera

    CAMFAD001

     

    Improved Driving Experience

     

    Xtrons are submerged in improving your driving experience through a range of in-car entertainment products and affordable car accessories.

    The above 5 products are all additional ways to not only improve your driving experience but to improve your driving performance too, without costing a fortune. Why not impress your passengers with an all new and exciting bit of kit for your car?

    If you have any further questions about any of our products, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • 5 Reasons to Invest in a Headrest DVD Player

    A lot of you can probably remember a time when a long-distance car journey to visit a distant relative required serious planning and organising (in terms of in-car entertainment). It probably included a travel version of Battleships, felt pens and a range of sugary treats. All of which became a recipe for disagreements and arguments with your sibling whilst your parents became increasingly annoyed.

    Car Headrest dvd player

    Sure enough, mid-family meltdown, a grand and superior car would cruise by you in the outside lane demonstrating how it should be done. Parents happily humming along to the radio whilst their offspring enjoy the latest Disney experience from the backseat with a built-in Headrest DVD Player.

    Today, this is not such a distant dream. Headrest DVD Players are more accessible, adaptable and affordable than ever. Plus, they’re a lot smarter and more stylish.

     

    01. Headrest DVD Player Affordability

    Investing in a Headrest DVD Player could be one of the smartest things you do this year, if you prefer peace and quiet on a family car journey.

    Due to the development of technology, Headrest DVD Players are becoming more affordable whilst maintaining levels of quality and performance.

    You can pick up this pair of leather touch panel 7” HD Headrest DVD Players for as little as £169.99 at Xtrons. To see them in all their glory, watch the video.

    Black dual headrest dvd player

    At roughly £85 each, can you put a price on a 3-hour uninterrupted and peaceful car journey?

     

    02. Headrest DVD Player Popularity

    It’s no surprise that the popularity of Headrest DVD players is rapidly rising (no doubt coinciding with the growth and expansion of the film and entertainment industry) making the demand for on-the-go entertainment as popular as ever.

    The way we access films and music has also changed and Headrest DVD Players have evolved with alongside it. Many of our units come with USB ports for downloading, uploading and arranging files on the move. SD car ports also allow for easy access to personal files and information.

    Plus, they look incredible. Not only the resolution but the general aesthetics will make fellow car enthusiasts green with envy.

    Unsurprisingly, these are the must have accessory for most families.

     

    03. Headrest DVD Player Resolvability

    We can all relate to how transfixed we can become with a good film. Take long-haul flights for example. It’s easy to get through 3 or 4 films without even realising. It passes the time perfectly, especially if you’ve got restless little ones.

    Sometimes the only wish is that we had such ability on a long-distance car journey to help to deliver the vibrant colours, animations and sounds of a Pixar, hypnotising almost any audience, anywhere, anytime.

    What’s more is that your kids can choose their own film or music to watch, so there’s no squabbles there either!

     

    04. Headrest DVD Player Adaptability

    With a size and style to cater for just about every taste and every car manufacturer, Xtrons Headrest DVD Players can adapt to any car interior or environment.

    A range of colours including black, grey, cream and beige allow our Headrest DVD Players to blend in with your car’s interior.

    Leather covers and flaps protect your screen and hide the unit from opportunist thieves.

    black dual headrest dvd player Product shown: http://xtrons.co.uk/hd929thdblack-2-9-hd-digital-touch-screen-leather-cover-car-headrest-dvd-players.html

    Adjustable screens help you get the right angle for viewing. Whether it be 7”, 9” , 10.1” or 11.6” Xtrons will have you covered.

    headrest dvd player holder

    A range of fixtures allow you to connect the unit with minimal fuss; tailored and versatile to several different vehicles and models.

     

    05. Headrest DVD Player Specifications

    These specifications are a generalisation of what can come with one of our Headrest DVD Players, making them extremely desirable.

    • 1080p Video
    • HD Ready
    • 32-bit Gaming
    • Multi-Media Compatability
    • USB Port
    • SD Port
    • HDMI
    • Built-in Speakers
    • Digital Touchscreen
    • Multi-region DVD Drive
    • Headphone Port
    • AV-In/AV-out

    Most of our Headrest DVD Players also come with the following accessories:

    headrest dvd player accessories
    • ISO Wiring Harness
    • Remote Control
    • User Manual
    • Game Discs
    • Poles
    • Plastic Drivepipes
    • Cigarette Lighter Adapter
    • Game Pad
    • ISO Adapter Cable
    • Fixed Screw
    • Mounting Brackets

    Headrest DVD Players Summarised

    It’s a no brainer, isn’t it?

    Make felt pen fights a thing of the past. Wave goodbye to tedious, troublesome and torturous car journeys. Invest an Xtrons Headrest DVD Player.

    Available in a range of styles, with a multitude of functions, easily adaptable and affordable, there must be a unit you desire. For any further information, explore our website, or get in touch.

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