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    Update: Despite requesting on the "RAC Shop" website that the dashcam was installed on Tuesday when I ordered it, the installation was delayed until today. Not a big problem, I barely drive during the week anyway, but it might be a problem if you were up against a deadline.
    A man from Autosounds (Newcastle based "Mobile Electronics Specialist") came out and fitted the front and rear camera in just over an hour, very nicely done and can barely see the front camera behind the rearview mirror. The rear camera is small enough that it doesn't impact rear visibility, ill keep you updated if any rattles develop from the headliner having to be removed :P
    Haven't been for a drive yet, so cant comment on the video quality but will be driving a few hundred miles this weekend so i will be able to give you a better idea on Monday.

    Just need to work out how to shut the annoying woman up who keeps reminding me "Regularly format memory card to avoid data loss" :P

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    I have been using dashcams for 6 years and have had several types. I will not drive a vehicle without a front facing cam, even a hire van etc. I has a handful of the GS8000 which I buy via eBay. They cost around £20 and take a micro SD card. Variable resolution, decent images even at night and it comes with all the cables etc, I simply plug it into my fag lighter socket rather than have them hard wired in as I'm currently driving a company Mondeo which is leased. I use one front and rear and have stickers on my car saying as much. I have captured lots of bad driving and several close calls on the cam. No GPS function but what do you expect for £20. But that £20 could protect your licence if you are in a collision.

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    Apologies for the delay in this update and the waffly nature of it.
    After 400+miles this weekend I can report that the cameras are working well and no rattles have developed (good installation job by the man from Autosounds), however I would not recommend the X550 to people.
    The cameras themselves are absolutely fine, and have good video quality (as a quick youtube search would show you).
    The problem comes with the extra functions that the camera has...all of them seem to be good ideas but badly implicated.
    1) Safety Camera Alert - Makes a bong and tells you of an upcoming speed camera and the speed limit, which is good. Also continuously, literally every 10 seconds, makes a bong and warns you of a "mobile zone" as you are driving through it. Fine if you're on country roads, but on the motorway with mile after mile of the Police speed camera zones, it drives you mad. No way to turn the latter off without turning it all off.
    2) Lane Departure Warning System - Different bong, EVERY time you change lane on the motorway. Only time it didnt bong was when, approaching a very gentle bend on the motorway I decided to not steer and slowly go into the other lane (more similar to if i wasnt paying attention and drifted between lanes)...so off that went too.
    3) Front Collision Warning System - In theory, as long as I dont get too close to the car ahead it wont go off. However it does go off when a car pulls out in front of me, or when one overtakes me and then pulls back in infront of me.
    4) Front Vehicle Departure Warning - I have eyes, I dont need a bong to tell me that the car in front of me at traffic lights or in a queue has set off. Extra annoying in a stop-start traffic jam, when you really dont want anything else getting on your nerves.

    I set off from near Carlisle, and by the time I reached Hamilton services near Glasgow I had to stop to turn all of the extras off.

    In summary then: Thinkware...yes, good quality camera and associated PC viewer/app (depending on model) is very nice to use.
    X550...no! Unless you NEED a front and rear camera system and this is on sale as the cheapest option, otherwise save your money and buy a simpler system without all the fancy functions as you'll turn them off anyway.

    I hope people find this helpful

    All of the above is my own opinion and may differ to other peoples opinion on the same items. No offence is meant.
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    Hi MontyPythonX, sorry for not replying to your update sooner, been dealing with the a laptop crash which happened on June 4th and just tonight got the new laptop and installed the old Timemachine profile and got back on-line. I think your right about all the extras, all you want is the dashcam recording 1080 dpi front and rear and provide an easy data transfer to your desktop computer. Still not sure whether to go for Thinkware or Blackvue, now the computers restored can put the thinking cap on again

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    No problem BlackAdder. I hope my review is helpful, if a bit waffly. I can confirm that the video quality and GPS location on the Thinkware are excellent, just maybe the X550 is not the specific camera to go for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackadder9570 View Post
    Thanks for the info IanL, wondering if they would provide the fitting service for another manufacturers Dashcam....money is after all money
    The fitters probably would if you have contact details, but don't try organising through Thinkware. They wouldn't be interested in fitting a competitor's product!

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