CES2008: Azentek Launches New Car PCs

Here at CES 2008, we met up with Azentek who showed us two of their four new car pcs that will be available soon. We looked at the double-din Atlas CPC-1200 and the single-din Calypso CPC-1.

Both are feature packed: Intel Core Duo 1.66ghz processor, 120gb Hybrid SATA drive, 1gb DDR2, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, DVD and CDRW drive, internal GPS receiver with external antenna, bluetooth, 7" (CPC-1100) and 6.5" (CPC-1200) touch screen display, internal 802.11b/g wireless, Sirius/XM and HD radio ready, integrated TV and FM tuners, Dolby Digital 5.1 RCA output, composite video input, Dolby DIgital 7.1 optical output, front inputs (1 USB, 1 SD Card, 1 3.5mm A/V), rear inputs (1 A/V, 2 USB, 1 RS-232, 1 mic), and finally vehicle integration through CANbus.

I found these (to my surprise) to run very smooth. The touch screen worked very well, and they have a custom interface for while on the road. Otherwise, you can access Vista like any normal computer. The MSRP comes in at $2,799 for either, but if you are a computer lover, it may very well be justified with this sleek and powerful Car PC.

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Some of you guys need to realize that CarPCs have been around for years. I suggest you check out www.mp3car.com and see some of the things people do. While you're at it, check out RoadRunner software as well. It's a front end for the CarPC to use it like a normal aftermarket headunit. Having a PC in the car is more than browsing the internet while you're driving.

Some people (like me) actually want one because it's cheaper to build than to buy an aftermarket headunit. On top of that, you can make it do so much more for a much lower price. Base price for a pretty decent CarPC would be about $300-$400 depending on what you want. Add a decent GPS receiver for less than $75, add a bigger hard drive (say, 500GB) for another $100, you're still at less than $600. As a comparison, there's an Eclipse headunit I was looking at that has a 30GB hard drive and integrated GPS. You know what the cost is? Over $1800 MSRP. So The Walker, by your assessment of this, people shouldn't be allowed to even have a radio in their car since it's just a distraction right?

Yeah, just what the world needs.. MORE reasons for people to become distracted whilst driving!!

If carphones are illegal to use while driving why the hell should a pc be any different, if it was in the back for the passengers with NO front seat access, maybe.. but it'll be stuck into the dash.

Goddamned idiots.

Well I don't think people are going to use it while driving, rather than open up some media content or look stuff up or something while waiting for someone or something. I don't know but overall it's not that useless.

Swordnyx said,
Well I don't think people are going to use it while driving, rather than open up some media content or look stuff up or something while waiting for someone or something. I don't know but overall it's not that useless.

What could possibly have motivated you to post that, faced with the realities of what ALREADY happens????? OF COURSE THEY ARE!!!!!

Drivers have already been told not to use their phones, but they still do it.. so how will a bloody computer staring you in the face be any different.