Thinkware U1000 review – goodhousekeeping.com

Overall score: 82/100

Tested September 2019

The Thinkware U100 dash cam records clear video of the road ahead while warning you about any upcoming speed cameras.

It doesn’t have a display as they can be distracting when driving. Instead, to ensure you’ve positioned it correctly, you’ll need to connect it to wi-fi and link it up with an app on your smartphone. It will also alert you if you drift out of your lane or drive too close to the car in front, but only if you’ve aligned it correctly when setting it up.

£399.00

Available from: amazon.co.uk

GHI Expert Verdict

We thought that this was a good performing dashboard camera, which recorded video in high 4K quality. It was a little time consuming and fiddly to set-up as you have to make the coloured lines on the screen match up with the centre of your screen and the end of your bonnet. Once it’s up and running you can leave it be, though. It records sharp and clear video, whether you’re driving at night or during the day.

Key Specifications

  • Automatic shut off: Yes
  • GPS function: Yes
  • Maximum SD card capacity: 128 GB
  • Recording resolution: 4k
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 11.15 x 3.2cm
  • Weight: 112 kg

Ratings

  • Ease of use: 4.7/5
  • Design: 3.5/5
  • Instructions: 3/5
  • Performance: 4/5

We Liked

  • Comes with a 32GB MicroSD Card, so you can use it straight out of the box
  • There is a parking mode that will record videos if an impact is detected when the vehicle is stationary, but you do need the optional radar sensor which costs £69.99
  • Built-in wi-fi makes it quick to transfer videos from the dash cam to your smartphone
  • It has GPS so you can see the accurate location of where any incidents occurred
  • Also available with a rear camera for £529
  • There’s an optional polarising filter in the box

We Didn’t Like

  • The dash cam is bulkier and not as discreet as some of the others we’ve tested
  • The instructions in the box aren’t as concise as we’d like
  • If you choose to opt for the dash cam with a cable that fits into your 12V charger rather than the wiring kit, the 12V plug and cable are moulded together – so, unlike a USB cable with a removable plug, you can’t use it when charging other devices in your car

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

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