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REVIEW: Transcend DrivePro 230
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:28:48 PM »

The era of dashboard camera continues to rise in the Philippines as more stories on the road are waiting to be told. Transcend, being one of the top brands in this field, is well aware about it.

Hitting the road with us is the Transcend DrivePro 230, a dashboard shooter that boasts a Sony image sensor for capturing high-resolution images. Let’s begin with the spec sheet rundown:

Dimensions: 2.76 x 2.48 x 1.36 inches
Weight: 81g
USB Type: microUSB
Network Interface: WiFi 802.11n
Screen size: 2.4-inch color TFT LCD
Viewing angle: 130-degree
Aperture: F/2.0
Resolution: Full HD 1080p
Frame rate: 30 fps
Video format: MOV (H.264)

In The Box

DrivePro 230’s box holds the unit itself, a free 16GB Transcend microSD card, car mount, and a car lighter adapter.

The overall design hasn’t changed that much from the DrivePro 220 and other compact dashboard cameras in the company’s lineup, which means users who have equipped their cars with previous Transcend dashcam models wouldn’t need to adjust drastically.

At the front are the speakers and a 130-degree lens powered by Sony image sensor behind it. The left side houses the microSD slot and a red button, which lets users manually record an emergency. On the other side is the micro-USB port.

The main screen is supported by four buttons beneath, with the rightmost key serving as a snapshot button just in case you want to store a still image of what’s happening in front of the DrivePro 230. These four buttons are quite hard to press and fidgeting it while driving would be difficult.


As a tradition, Transcend equips their line of products with a user-friendly interface based on consumer needs. The DrivePro 230 continues to live up this tradition.

We never had a hard time figuring out how the DrivePro 230 works. In fact, with its Wi-Fi capability, it was even easier to set up.

Controlled through the DrivePro app (which is available for free on iOS and Android) most of the time, the DrivePro 230 let us obtain footage, images, and tweak some of the dashcam settings using the app seamlessly.

In addition to these features, the DrivePro 230 also records automatically while your car is parked. It apparently starts the engine once a movement has been detected. On top of that, you may set up the dashcam to remind you when you’re driving time exceeds the preset period of time.

Lastly, this dashcam warns and sends an alarm when you’re getting too close to the car in front of you.

We have prepared sample videos below so you could see how it performed in different lighting conditions:[/color]

Thumbs-up or -down?

“Steep” may be used to describe the DrivePro 230 when we talk about its PhP 8,000 price tag.


If we’re putting an emphasis to what this dashboard camera can do, such as the on-road safety functions and its clear camera, that “steep” description would be justified by how valuable the DrivePro 230 is.