Thinkware X800 Review
Thinkware is a premium dash cam manufacturer with several models to choose from and the X800 is their latest mid-range option with plenty to offer. We’ve been testing it over several weeks and below is our full review of the Thinkware X800.
As dash cams are becoming increasingly more common in the UK, the demand has never been so high. This means that there are hundreds of dash cams to consider, which can make the decision of which to buy more difficult.
We’ve compiled a list of the best-rated dash cams already but if you are looking for other mid-range options to consider, the Thinkware X800 has plenty to offer. From 1440p QHD Crystal Clear footage to superior night vision, it trumps a lot of its competition and we have certainly been impressed during our testing of this particular model.
We installed the Thinkware X800 in a Volkswagen Tiguan and we’ve been using it for the last couple of months to thoroughly test and assess it.
Keep reading for our full product review and thoughts on the dash cam below.Buy On Amazon
What Makes It Standout?
Compared to the Thinkware U1000 we also reviewed, the X800 does lack some features but it’s still packed with all the important stuff. This includes the 1440p QHD video quality, Sony STARVIS sensor and of course, the new and improved “super” night vision 2.0, which we felt makes a huge difference to the video quality in dark conditions.
However, other intuitive features that the Thinkware X800 offers include:
- 1440P QHD front camera and a 1080P Full HD rear camera
- Interactive 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD
- Instant video playback (as shown below)
- Parking surveillance mode
- Road safety warnings
- Time lapse parking mode
- 150-degree wide viewing angle
- Option to install a GPS antenna
- Vehicle location that doubles up as a car tracker
- Multiple recording modes (continuous, incident, manual and fail-safe modes)
- Intuitive energy-saving mode
How Easy Is It To Install?
Whether you wish to hardwire the dash cam to your fuse box or use the optional plug and play 12V lead, the installation is very straightforward. Whilst fitting the X800, we opted for the plug and play lead, which we plugged into the 12V socket and ran behind the glove box and then up the A-pillar.
Once the lead was passed up to the dash cam’s location, we then used the supplied mount to stick the dash cam to the windscreen (it uses a 3M adhesive strip). Once it was in position, we could then plug in the lead and begin to use the dash cam.
The entire installation took approximately 10 minutes from start to finish and below are photos of the lead going behind the glove box and the dash cam mounted to the windscreen.
In terms of using the Thinkware X800, it is relatively straightforward to set up and use and we had no problems whatsoever. However, we did miss the fact that this particular model doesn’t have WiFi, which meant that we couldn’t access the footage like we could on the brand’s X1000 model we tested. Instead, to access the footage without viewing it on the dash cam itself, we needed to remove the SD card and transfer it across to our computer.
With that being said, accessing saved footage on the dash cam is very simple and it can be accessed with just a few button clicks. As there are multiple recording modes (continuous, incident, manual and fail-safe modes), you can view the footage in the subsequent folders.
Thankfully, the touchscreen display is very responsive and the user interface makes it easy to navigate through the menus to get to where you need to be.
As you can see in the image, all of the footage is saved in a time and date format and you can customise the length of each recording to best suit your requirements.
To give you an idea of how easy it is to access the saved video footage, below is a video we took from our testing that shows the installation as well as accessing the footage.
Video Footage Quality
As the X800 model records at 1440p, the video quality has a higher resolution than full HD and it really does make a difference. However, it only records at 30 frames per second, which when compared to similar priced alternatives is a slight drawback. Considering the price tag of this model, a higher frames per second (i.e. 60 FPS) would’ve been beneficial but apart from this, the quality of the video footage is still much better than most of the alternatives.
To give you an idea of the footage quality you can expect from this dash cam, we posted a recording whilst testing it on our Instagram page as shown below:
Thinkware X800 Pros & Cons
Thinkware X800 FAQ's
Depending on how confident you are, you have the option of two installation methods. The first is to hardwire the dash cam to the fuse box or the second option is to use the 12V adapter that the brand offers separately. However, if you want to use all of the functionality (i.e. parking surveillance), you’ll want to hardwire the dash cam so that it captures any motion whilst the car is switched off.
The recommended SD card for the Thinkware X800 is either a 32 or 64GB SD. However, it’s important to note that you can only use Thinkware branded SD cards in the dash cam.
Unfortunately, you can’t download the footage straight from the dash cam to your phone. With the X800 model, you can either watch footage directly from the dash cam itself or take the SD card out and watch it on your computer.
Written By Dan Morgan
Dan has been a car enthusiast ever since he can remember and has an extensive range of cars that include classic cars that he has restored himself from a barn find condition to modern performance cars. Whether you need advice on how to install car parts or recommendations on what products to buy, Dan’s first-hand experience will certainly help.