Enjoy my Dasaita VIVID 10.2″ Android Head Unit Receiver Review.
You can buy this Android head unit and other VIVID models suitable for your vehicle from Dasaita directly → https://bit.ly/vivid10 or from sellers on AliExpress → https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_ArlPnp.
In this video, I look at a fairly new Android head unit for the car from Dasaita. This video covers the right-hand drive VIVID 10 model for the Golf 7 line of vehicles from 2012 to 2019 (SKU: HA5667BH-Vivid-CP-HD). Left and drive models are also available along with a silver and black facia option.
Dasaita also creates different screen size displays of the VIVID 10 and several facias for different car makes, from BMW, Kia, and Ford, to Skoda, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, and many more. If your vehicle isn’t listed they do a few floating display sizes with 1-DIN and 2-DIN chassis behind them.
Buying a VIVID 10 for your system makes sure you get all the necessary CANBUS, harnesses, and cables suited for an easy install in your vehicle. I have been meaning to install this in my VW, but I just haven’t found the right time to do it. So without delaying my review any further I bring this video to you with the system installed in my demo pod.
Android 10 + VIVID Launcher
The system runs Android 10, with a VIVID UI launcher reinstalled. Updates of the launcher can be downloaded to keep the UI bug free and new functionality and features can also be expected also. There is the usual Android 10 suite of Google apps available to you underneath. Once connecting the head unit to a Wi-Fi connection (either through a mobile hotspot, tethered phone, or local Wi-Fi using a connected Mi-Fi device) you can head over to the Google Play store and download any available app you can imagine.
Apps look gorgeous on the 10.2″ IPS capacitive display. The display supports up to five touch points, so native Android apps have multi-touch ability that makes using navigation map tiles a breeze. Games will be supported too, but using CarPlay over its built-in Z-Link app will not carry this level of touch input, mostly because CarPlay doesn’t support that.
Wired & Wireless CarPlay / Android Auto
The Z-Link app allows both wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Carlife is also supported and there are some nice settings features to allow auto-connect when the system has booted up, along with HD enhancement mode, which sharpens the overall look of CarPlay and Android auto, so the visual stream isn’t as pixelated on such a huge display.
Connecting via a cable to an iPhone or Android launches their respective car platforms very quickly. Wireless is also just as quick to launch, with cold starts coming in at around 30 seconds. A little longer than my own Alpine system, but if you play with the boot options and go with a faster loading launcher, you might be able to shave off a few seconds.
The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms operate and look great on the VIVID 10 display. The 1280x720P display brings a rich and responsive experience that makes my poorly equipped Alpine look historically old.
Sound and Customisation
The built-in DSP with 30 Band EQ controls will certainly make the most out of any connected system, be it stock or bespoke. However, without being connected to my car I couldn’t really review this area, but the demo pod pioneer speakers sounded great with loudness, phat, and bass levels really doing their part in giving my two pod speakers an added oomph in the audio department.
Like all Android head units, they are only as good as the content you give it, and in this day and age, most of that requires an internet connection. Pair this up with a Mi-Fi dongle that would give you the best experience. Allowing you to watch YouTube and stream movies from Netflix or Amazon Prime onto the super display, and have the audio come out of your car speakers.
CarPlay has been a savior for streamlining and modernising in-car entertainment UI, but the next level really is here with a solid foundation of Android OS. With the number of applications that you can install, along with the many customisations you can do by installing new launchers, there’s plenty to like with Android head units, and the Dasaita VIVID 10 ticks many boxes as an all-in solution for various vehicle makes, who also help take out a little of the guesswork with installing such a system in today’s modern cars.
Car Systems and Install
One area these do need to improve on is how they connect and display the vehicles’ onboard settings and systems. Luckily the VIVID 10 also manages to help with this, however, displaying this data and its controls are forced to use lists and checkboxes, which limits their visual appeal. But once set up you wouldn’t be visiting this area as often as the sexy launchers you can have running on these Android head units.
Hopefully, I will have the time to get this giant 10.2 display in my Golf7, and having played around with this head unit for a number of months now, I can’t wait to see how it installs and performance once it’s properly fitted.
Look out for my video of that install in the very near future.
0:00 – Brief overview
1:49 – VIVID Luncher
10:00 – Netflix
10:59 – YouTube
12:06 – Gaming
14:04 – Car Settings
16:28 – Internet Wi-Fi
17:40 – Media playback
18:46 – Device Info
19:58 – Zlink App
21:03 – CarPlay
24:10 – Android Auto
26:30 – Networking
27:20 – Radio
28:09 – Cost