Flip Down Monitor

A flip down monitor is basically a regular monitor that can fold up into a ceiling. Flip down monitors are usually used in cars, where the combination of a low ceiling and small screen size makes them ideal for passengers. Flip down monitors are rarely seen in households, which have the exact opposite conditions. The high ceilings of most houses means that flip down monitors are inconvenient to reach, and because households generally use bigger screens, the added weight can cause problem for both the support structure and the user. However, they do receive some usage in homes, usually under a high cabinet in kitchens.

Flip down monitors are best known for various car campaigns aimed at convincing consumers that they are good for children in car trips. They are usually put into SUV’s and minivans, though it is not unheard of for a sedan to come with flip down monitors. They are placed just behind the front seats, so that they can flip down right in front of the headrests. It is possible to install flip down monitors into a car, but the process isn’t a job that can be done by the average consumer. It involves sealing them onto the ceiling (usually with screws), installing a power cables and video cables, and installing a car-powered video player. In order for the process to be done cleanly, it requires the help of a professional, which adds to the price significantly.

In households, on the other hand, installing small flip down monitors can be done by anybody will a good toolset and a drill, provided they have access to the entire structure the monitor will be placed on. Taking from the earlier example of a kitchen cabinet, the screws for the flip down monitor simply have to be drilled into the cabinet, and then the monitor can be screwed right in. Also, many flip down monitors can work with clasps, which can eliminate the need for keyboards entirely.

Another option is to install an existing flat panel TV onto a flip down mount. If your TV doesn’t have a stand, or your TV stand is detachable, this should also be a fairly easy process, and not any harder than installing a standard flip down monitor. The bonus to this method is, of course, saving money. However, if your TV is too big, it might be too much strain to the object you attach it to. Also, heavy TV’s don’t respond well to being moved every day, so you’ll likely want to keep your TV smaller than 20 inches if you’re considering the option.

Buying a flip down monitor for a household is fairly easy. They’ll likely be easy to find at a local store that specializes in selling TV’s, and if not, that store will probably be able to point you in the right direction. Online is another good place to find them, with the unfortunate downside of not being able to see the monitors before you buy them. You can usually find a small flip down monitor for about $200, and the bigger models can cost up $600 or so.

For car models, the price is roughly double if you include the installation fees. With cars, there is little reason to get a screen bigger than about 12 inches, because the viewer is sitting so close to the TV. Getting them separately isn’t a huge job; it’s about as expensive and time-consuming as getting new speakers installed. There might be some trouble finding a mechanic to do the job, as not many focus in the area, but any company that installs car stereo’s might be able to install a TV as well.

This Flip Down Monitor Review is Written/Updated on Jan 8th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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