iBOX F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12 - very unusual combo device! It has a slightly "street magic" as a sign of management, and "interference library", and "monocle in his eye". Let's see, what it all means, and how it works!
Design and equipment
Combo device, including DVR, radar detector and the GPS-siren, usually a rather large "bricks", not too convenient for placement on the windshield, and carrying the driver in the bag, leaving a parked car. More recently observed accurate trend away from the elongated housings in length - combo device are similar to conventional flat DVRs.
This happens due to the substitution of horn antennas, which is characteristic elongated shape, the so-called "patch antennas", representing a virtually vertically disposed flat square. generally not applied in pure form "patch antenna" - is used on one plate formed a complex phased and coordinated "patches", which together are similar in properties and directional amplification is still considered a classic horn antenna. A typical example of combo gadget, Get rid of the "brick" form and a decent size, It is iBOX F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12. Such form factor is increasingly used by manufacturers, yet still atypical for "combos". F5 SLIM SIGNATURE, It is a combo gadget, looks, like a regular DVR - well,, can, a bit larger than usual.
videography: Super HD 2304 x 1296 (30 to / from)
Matrix: Sony IMX232
Microprocessor: Ambarella A12A35
Memory: assistance to Micro SD 64 GB
Detecting radar: K, Ka, X, laser, GPS / GLONASS
manufacturer Warranty: 3 of the year
Controls in the form of a keyboard joystick brought to the side of the screen, which is very comfortable and visually, as opposed to "blind" buttons. To the left of the monitor, in the bottom corner, It is a large manual button protection from overwriting the current file. The top of the device, case, It posted a button «PWR».
Приятно, that a variety of devices are increasingly penetrating new features of the "world phones" - call it so. For example, Some time ago, we were curious to test the gadget - a robotic car holder for your phone, which is approaching the sensor plowed his own clamp and "grab" a mobile phone. The hero of this review also has a similar functionality, called Motion Operation - proximity sensor is responsible for the sound management of! Two small "eye" on the left of the display under the speaker holes — an infrared transmitter and receiver, which work on motion tracking near them. Most often, the sound of "trap warning" must be switched off during a telephone conversation, and in the case of iBOX F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12 this is done without an unsafe nasharivaniya buttons with a margin of attention from the road, and the usual sweep of palm! Call it "full gesture control", naturally, can not - rather, "With elements such", but useful detail distinguishes gadget from classmates.
Navigating the settings and change them - just a gift for jaded absurd, illogical and crookedly Russified menu mongrel Chinese avtogadzhetov. options is controlled by the keypad 4. Keys "M" — entrance to the radar detector menu and the GPS-informer. Pressing - you enter the DVR menu. Another click - Exit the menu. button < and > responsible for moving on Fri, "OK" — item selection and choice of configurations, "M" — return to the main list.
Mounting on glass - with a small hinge, ensures minimum vibration. The device is installed in the holder on the outside the slide groove, without additional fasteners, which are usually so awkward to press the outstretched arms blindly.
The plug into the cigarette lighter socket has an additional — i.e, together with "guitar combo" will be able to work simultaneously charging for phone. The length of the same cable — 4 m; it's enough, to pave the cord gently and quietly on the perimeter of the windshield under the skin on virtually any machine.
All devices in the iBox Comes with an adapter with Memory Card into everyday USB for easy scooping the desired files on a laptop:
Working with radar
iBOX F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12 works on all applicable today in Russian radars, Therefore, to list them, we simply are not going to - there is no need. But in addition to sensitivity, the most important quality of a radar detector, running over the air — immunity. A single function or characteristic that can not be achieved, therefore, for the protection against false positives in our devices meet a set of software and hardware solutions.
The most important of them, of course — Technology X-Signature. This is what the, that radar detector is usually called "signature-based detection". Here are just a function in this development F5 SLIM SIGNATURE quite differently, if other devices-signaturnikah!
As usual work signature sensors? Signature denotes the sample, sample for comparison. The memory of the gadget is a library of standard signals, that exude a common radar systems used in our country. Upon receiving the signal and shape its frequency are compared with signatures from the library, and real radar with high efficiency differs from false signals on the same frequencies, of which there are many. The F5 SLIM SIGNATURE work "principle contrary"! The signature database - no samples of radar signals, and samples the interference signals! The memory protection signals blind zones sensors, типа Blind Spot Monitoring, Blind Spot Detection, Side Assist and other similar sensors other active safety systems, working in the riding next to cars, harmonics of different radio emitting systems at roadside gas stations and convenience stores such as barriers, weather stations, etc.. recognizing signal, the respective interference, the unit will be silent, but do not miss the low-power radar signals such as "Chris", "Cordon" and other similar, low signal even close.
Another effective barrier to noise and the way, respectively, annoying incorrect notification is filter speed. This option can be set at least some - in the range of 0 before 150 kmh. The filter allows you to completely disable all automatic notification sounds, until vehicle speed falls below the. For example, if you put a filter on 60 kmh, up to speed 59 km / h the unit will not bother you. In this case, the on-screen visual warning will still appear - you never know what! Also, the device can manually disable the reception on all bands from the list of available - for example,, X и Ka, where the radars are not found.
Mode, called "Moscow" — it is a universal mode for big cities. It radiofrequency detection from the air is turned off at one hundred percent on all bands, and the device notifies the radar only as a GPS-widget, the coordinates of the updated database. One side, is burning, as the "tripod" in the cities are not used. However, mobile systems such as "Oskon-SM" on the basis of the white Ford Transit found even on the streets of the capital. Because, as demonstrated by our practice, even in the cities it is better not to completely disable radar portion, and actively use a filter speed.
In this case, the GPS-database coordinates cameras - very detailed and updated weekly through www.ibox.su website. В ней, basically, a large part of the radar, which are determined by scanning the ether, as well as, what is more important - those, that the air does not exude. This is the notorious "Avtodor", measures the average speed in the area between the chambers, and is now massively spreading traffic control cameras and lanes of public transport. Also, of course, It can be manually entered into the database's own terms, where you are going in the future do not forget to show an exaggerated attention for one reason or another. To fix the point quite hold button when driving past a suitable location, you want to remember, and the next time, approaching him, you get a premature warning.
Amateur photographers and even more pros are well aware accessory such as a polarizing filter, well-known as the «CPL». This special glass, Screw top outer lens, you need to shoot through the windows and shooting water, where multipath frame beam spoils.
Such accessory is very useful for the DVR - for sure, Each motorist had seen on their own video frames unpleasant glare and reflections dash.
One of branded chips iBOX F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12 - 36-mm lens thread to install filtering "polyarika". its purpose — eliminate glare and reflections from his own windshield, that "fog" image and dramatically reduce the contrast.
CPL-filter sold as an additional devaysa. After installing it in the thread on the lens F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12 inner swivel ring with polarization filter glass must twist, find a location, where glare removed virtually completely.
In the first photo - image with no filter. One can see, in the windshield clear pereotrazhayutsya ventilation grille, part of the dashboard and the black-and-white spotted dog toy with bobble head, lying on the dashboard.
2-th frame. On him we have set a polarizing filter and rotate it - found status, which highlights almost completely disappeared, and grew total contrast!
For video recording with a resolution of 2 304 x 1 296 and frequency 30 FPS meet Sony IMX232 matrix, lens with glass lens and microprocessor Ambarella A12A35. Automatic exposure control under the WDR function (The default is always on) It allows you to automatically lighten dark areas and mute overexposed.
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Model amused reasonable control, logical menu and good equipment. To date, such class devices, как iBOX F5 SLIM SIGNATURE A12, They are the small-sized segment "combo", and for this reason more promising.