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Boyo VTG43 Rear-view Mirror

Clip on/replacement mirror with 4.3" LCD screen, GPS navigation, and Bluetooth®

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by Zak Billmeier

Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

Here's a nifty way to add GPS guidance and hands-free calling to your vehicle, without having to replace your factory radio. Boyo's VTG43 rear-view mirror houses a 4.3" touchscreen, GPS navigation, and built-in Bluetooth, along with a host of other cool features. This versatile mirror clips onto or replaces your existing mirror, giving you a clear view of the road behind you and a powerful driving tool for all your road trips.

Built-in GPS navigation system
The right side of the VTG43 mirror features a 4.3" touchscreen that allows you to tap into comprehensive maps of the U.S. and Canada, along with over 11 million points of interest. Text-to-speech functionality calls out the street name for your next turn, letting you keep your eyes on the road ahead. With a few taps of your finger, you can enter your destination, zoom in on the map, change your view, and access many other functions. Plus, you can update your maps through the mirror's handy SD™ card slot.

Bluetooth operation
Pair up your compatible phone, and you'll be able to make and receive calls while keeping your hands on the wheel. You simply press the Bluetooth icon to make a call, and a large phone keypad pops up on your screen. You'll see the phone number of incoming calls on the screen when a call comes in.

Rear-view camera and more
The mirror also includes three video inputs, two of them designed for rear-view cameras. When you put your vehicle in reverse, you'll get a wide-angle rear view on the GPS side of the mirror — especially helpful if you have a larger vehicle or are towing a trailer. Connect a DVD player or other source to the other video input, and you can watch movies when you're parked. You can view eBooks and photo stored on SD cards, and you can even activate the built-in FM transmitter to send music from an SD card to your factory radio.

Bluetooth note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Important note: You'll have to wire this mirror directly to your fuse box — professional installation recommended. Most areas prohibit video device playback within a driver's line-of-sight while operating a motor vehicle; check your local regulations.

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Highlights:

  • rear-view mirror with built-in GPS navigation unit and Bluetooth receiver
  • clips over or replaces existing mirror
  • 4.3" touchscreen accesses navigation and other functions
  • front-panel controls for volume, Bluetooth, and switching sources
  • SD card slot
  • FM transmitter sends signal to your vehicle's radio
  • built-in microphone and speaker
Navigation features:
  • over 11 million points-of-interest
  • preloaded with maps of the United States and Canada
  • text-to-speech calls out street names
  • upgrade maps through SD card slot
Other features and specs:
  • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling with your compatible phone
  • three video inputs (two for rear-view camera signals, one for DVD or other video source)
  • enjoy eBooks, photos, and music stored on SD cards
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Features
Maps
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Built-in
Map Coverage
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USA, Canada, Pr
Points of Interest
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11 million
Multiple Destination Routing
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No
Screen Size
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4.3"
Widescreen
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Yes
Bluetooth Capable
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Phone
Photo Viewer
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Yes
Digital Audio Playback
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Yes
Text To Speech
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Yes
Voice Control
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No
Dynamic Content Services
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None
Removable Memory Type
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SD card
Battery Life
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N/A
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • 4.3" Rear-view mirror monitor (2GB NavMate SD-card installed)
  • 6.5' Power/AV-output cable
  • Mounting bracket
  • Metal plate
  • Felt pad
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 4 Lock washers
  • Hex-key
  • Manual CD-ROM
  • User Manual
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Limited Warranty Card
  • Product Registration Card

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Overview: The Boyo VTG43 4.2" multi-function rear-view mirror monitor features built-in navigation and Bluetooth communication. The VTG43 clips onto your vehicle's existing mirror or can be a full replacement mirror. The Boyo VTB42M provides three composite video inputs to connect your back-up camera (such as the 707VTB170, sold separately), DVD player, and game system. The Boyo VTG43 also allows playback of audio/video files via an SD-card slot.

Display
Navigation
Bluetooth
SD-Card
AV Inputs

Display

Rear-View Mirror Monitor: The Boyo VTG43 multi-function rear-view mirror monitor features a built-in 7.0" mirror and integrated 4.3" touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels; supporting 262k colors. The 4.3" touchscreen display provides a 120° horizontal viewing-angle and a 90° vertical viewing-angle, with a 400:1 contrast ratio.

Multilingual: The Boyo VTG43's display can be set to English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, or Arabic.

Mounting: The Boyo VTG43 can be clipped over your existing rear-view mirror, or it can totally replace your rear-view mirror (using the included mounting bracket).

Navigation

GPS Receiver: The Boyo VTG43 is equipped with Samsung's 2440 400MHz processor and a high-sensitivity GPS SiRF III receiver for dependable and fast navigation. The unit uses Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and display travel directions. The system's GPS antenna receives signals from a constellation of 24 satellites orbiting the earth and uses the strongest of signal, to determine your position to within meters.

Navteq Map Database: The Boyo VTG43 features Navteq's Map Database preloaded with maps of US, Canada, and Puerto Rico; offering 11 million POI's (points-of-interests). The map database was created using high-resolution aerial and land based data collection.

Note: Car navigation  maps are frequently updated. While the database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can  never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restriction or road name may change over time.

NavMate Software: NavMate navigation software provides turn-by-turn route guidance while traveling to your destination. NavMate software provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance (text-to-speech) to direct you to your selected destination. The software calculates step-by-step- directions to any destination available on the included navigation map.

Navigator Program Storage: The unit's navigation maps and software are loaded onto a 2GB SD-card (pre-inserted).

Vehicle Position: The NavMate's software's computer considers vehicle speed and heading changes, together with longitude and latitude information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on the digital map.

Destination Search: The Boyo VTG43 provides various destination search functions. You can select Home Address, Office Address, State or Province, Address or Intersection, Point of Interest, Coordinates (Longitude/Latitude), Favorites (Address Book/Trail Book/Trip Book), History, or Browse map.

Search Modes: There are various ways to select your specific destination. Several of the methods allow you to move through a list by scrolling using the arrow keys (List Mode), or by searching using an on-screen keyboard (Spell Mode). Many of the lists keep track of the last five most recently used (MRU) selections. These are placed at the top of the list in a different color and allow you to quickly select items that are used frequently.

Map Display: The Map Display shows roads, road names, and cartographic features. You can adjust the map scale, map orientation, map view, status information display, and the distance units to your own preference. You can also determine if the map is always displayed with the North direction at the top of the screen, or if the map is always adjusted so the vehicle symbol points toward the top of the screen.

Route Preferences: You can determine how the unit's built-in navigation software will calculate your route by setting the following preferences. Select between the following - Car or Walk Route, Shortest or Fastest Route, Avoid Freeways or Tolls, and Use Ferries.

Simulation: This function lets you preview the route that has been calculated for your destination.

Trip Computer: The Trip Computer gives the readings for speed (avg/max), trip related timing (total/stop/drive), elevation, odometer, and clock.

Auto Recalculation: If you leave the current route, the NavMate software will automatically recalculate the route.

Detour: You can create a Detour to avoid a current road, to avoid the next road, to avoid a specific road, or to detour around a certain distance.

Bluetooth

Built-in Bluetooth: The Boyo VTG43 offers built-in Bluetooth communication (V1.2) for hands-free operation of your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The VTG43 allows you to make and answer calls using the monitor's touchscreen.

Built-in Mic & Speaker: The Boyo VTG43 features a front-panel microphone and rear-panel speaker.

SD-Card

SD-Card Slot: The Boyo VTG43 is equipped with an SD-card slot for the unit's Navigation software & map database 2GB SD card. You can eject the navigation SD-card and insert another SD-card (up to 4GB) for playback of audio/video files.

Note: When you eject the navigation SD-card, the unit's Navigation features will not longer function until the navigation SD-card is reinserted.

Multimedia Playback: The unit's SD-card slot will support audio (MP3/WMA/WAV) files, video (AVI/MP4/MPG/WMV) files, still-image (JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG) files, and E-book (TXT) files.

AV Inputs

AV Input: The Boyo TVG43 is equipped with one AV input which consists of a composite video jack and mono-RCA audio jack, so you can connect your external ATSC tuner, DVD player, or game system.

2 Video Inputs: The Boyo VTG43 features two composite video inputs to connect your rear-view camera and other video source. This unit does not feature a reverse trigger wire for your rear-view camera.

FM Transmitter: The Boyo VTG43 multi-function rear-view mirror monitor features a built-in FM transmitter to output audio to your vehicle's stereo system over its FM radio. The FM transmitter allows you to select between 87-108MHz FM frequency bands.

 
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4 out of 5

It does what is says it is going to do

Written By LASenior, Long Island on Sunday, April 08, 2012
 
I recently bought a Chevy Equinox, that did not have the navigation unit already from the factory. I needed rear camera, navi, and bluetooth, since my previous car had a Pioneer F90bt. The camera in the Equinox is a must, since the rear is so high, so instead of getting a custom install for a indash unit I opted for the Rear view mirror nav setup. As you probably know, there are not a lot of reviews online for any of these units, and I heard the Rydeen system needs to be re paired with the bluetooth enabled phone each time the car is turned on, and the Aztech.

Overall it's a very good unit for around 300. I had a pro install the unit, since I was also doing the back up cam, and having an Onstar mirror uninstalled. I am happy with the purchase, but with a little more, this could of been a great product. I don't understand why more manufacturers don't do this for their cars/trucks









Cons:

Pros:
The Navigation is a 4.3 inch screen that worked as advertised. I found the input easy to use Found every location immediately The phone paired to the bluetooth (after 2nd attempt) People who I called told me I sounded clear The back up camera has day mode and infrared Camera comes right on when car put into reverse Has input options for additional media inputs
Cons:
I am used to the Pioneer F90bt the says the name of the streets to turn onto instead of a chime. The speaker for the bluetooth option needs to be louder, you will need to turn your radio to a minimal in order to hear. The mirror itself is cheap. not the housing, but the actual mirror...it doesn't look like it's glass at all. The back up camera should have the guide lines in it. Do i really want to play MP3's from my mirror? Wish the audio was able to come out of speaker
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4 out of 5

Nifty, New, obviously with a few glitches

Written By kash, NYC on Friday, December 24, 2010
 
The Breakdown
Its a really good idea, all those features in a one unit that doesn't get in the way. Navmate Navteq GPS, 3 video inputs, plays videos/mp3/pictures/bt hands free... is it worth the price? maybe. if you're looking for the cool factor and don't use your GPS expensively to search for everything.

The Pros/the good stuff
Its quick, the interface is much faster then a few of the other competitors. this one is def. faster gps is decent no flash though, and i haven't been able to find a way to update. The software comes on those annoying mini CD's so i haven't been able to install it at all so far, but we try and use another computer when i can and see if it works for an update.

The BT connects easily, functionality is not bad, basic answering, dialing features nothing fancy.

GPS Nav is functional, cold starts are not too bad 2min or so, warm start is not bad under a min... so far the POI's and so forth have been a little disappointing, which is why i was hoping for an update but there seems to be no support for the product.

The Rear view camera, the screen will auto switch as soon as it detects a signal on V1 input, BUT for some reason i it will switch and all i get a white screen nothing else, i tried it on another monitor and it seems to work fine, no real issues, so i'm not what is going on there and can't seem to find anyone at Boyo that can help.
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1 out of 5

Very Poor Product

Written By rb, FL on Saturday, October 09, 2010
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Not only is the GPS extremely dated in technology, you have to endure a very poorly lit screen that is not viewable during the day. It is very slow and displays a start up screen for what seems to be an eternity when it is powering on.

The installler could not get the backup camera to work even though it is a BOYO backup camera.

Finally, it is the quality one would find at a Flea market. It looks nothin like the image online and is very cheaply made.
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3 out of 5

Could be better

Written By JimC, Forest hill, md on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Good idea. But, every time the device comes on you have to acknowledge the gps
disclaimer. Aldo unit does not boot up to the map. You have to menu your way to
navigation.

Volume is too low also. AND worst problem is mirror does not have a night mode. Glare
kills ya...
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2 out of 5

Disappointing

Written By Patrick, New Bedford, MA on Sunday, September 05, 2010
 
My Toyota dealer recommended this product as an after-market option. Being that I wanted a GPS, bluetooth and backup camera, this product seemed like the perfect solution. It was a pricey option through the Toyota dealer at just under $1000, incl install by a 3rd party installer. The product is disappointing: The speaker is built in to the mirror and faces the windshield, so it is difficult to hear GPS commands or telephone connections, especially if it is raining, the wipers are on and the AC or heat are running. The mic. pickup for the bluetooth is on the right side of the mirror - not close to the driver's side - and recipients of calls state that the sound of my voice is tunnel-like and hard to hear. Having the GPS on the mirror sounded like a nifty way to quickly glance to see the map, but it's too small to be easily visible by the driver. The instructions for setting up "my favorites" in the address book or POIs leave much to be desired. I still cannot get my favorite POIs to save under "my favorites." An email to BOYO customer service for assistance did not result in any response from BOYO whatsoever! For the price, it may be better to work around the inconvenience of a portable device at nearly 10X cost that can do GPS and now many have bluetooth connections as well. The backup camera is pretty good, but takes some getting used to. My suggestion is to think twice before purchasing this product.
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4 out of 5

When Nothing Else Works...

Written By Randy, North Carolina on Saturday, May 15, 2010
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I recently purchased a pre-owned 2004 Infinity FX-35 w/o a factory GPS option. Unfortunately, I learned afterwards that there are no aftermarket stereo/GPS/Bluetooth substitutions available for an in-dash installation in this particular model. Furthermore, we didn't want a surface mount GPS with exposed wires hanging all over the dash. We contacted a Crutchfield Advisor and learned about the BOYO Mirror/GPS with blutooth. I had the unit professionally installed with a rear view camera. The unit looks and performs as well as the in-dash unit in my other vehicle. We are extremely satisfied the BOYO product over a similar unit we tried for a short period that wasn't so "SMART". This unit does everything it says it does and looks like a factory installed option.

PROS: The unit functions properly and has more features than it's competitor;Built-in microphone and GPS antenna makes for a cleaner installation.

Cons: speaker volume good but could be louder for noiser situations;Quality of rear-view mirror could be improved upon.

OVERALL: This unit is a great add-on at a very reasonable price when addind a GPS/Bluetooth w/a rear camera option. We strongly recommend the BOYO over all others.
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