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Thinkware X1000 Review

The Thinkware X1000 dash cam is from a brand that really knows its stuff when it comes to capturing video on the go. This model has also proved popular with buyers so far, and it’s easy to see why.

Everything is inside the box to help you get the best out of dash cam monitoring, including two cameras. The downside is that you’ll need to train it hard to enjoy the best of its potential. But if you don’t mind that, or the absence of built-in GPS or Wi-Fi for cloud backup, this is one of them. The best dash cams you can buy.

Take a peak inside the box and you’ll find everything you need. There are two cameras, one of which is the front unit and the other is the smaller model on the back. You also get the cabling needed for hard wiring installation.

Thinkware X1000 dash cam and accessories on wooden table

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While this hard wiring is doable by a novice, you may find that your time and money are better spent having someone install it for you. Of course, the big bonus with this route is that it’s always ready to go and any cabling can be moved out of harm’s way.

Helpfully, Thinkware also supplies the X1000 with a 32GB microSD card, which can be used as such. Alternatively, you can always add in a larger capacity if you wish. Popping in is fairly easy, while camera setup and running can be done using the convenience of the 3.5-inch touchscreen on the back of the casing.

There are also various sticky pads needed to attach the cameras to your favorite surfaces. In the meantime, the Quick Start Guide comes in handy when you’re navigating the installation process, though it could do with being more comprehensive. You also get a sturdy plastic mount for the main camera, which helps prevent it from moving around too much, once it’s in position.

The unit itself feels well put together, as does the rear camera. Using the Thinkware X1000 is also a doodle. Once you power it up, the touchscreen gives you access to all the basic features and functions.

It works really well, with self-explanatory icons that lead you through tasks. There’s no need to fiddle around with a companion app, which may be of particular interest to some users who want a more ‘live action’ approach with their dash cam.

In terms of performance, the Thinkware X1000 delivers everything you’d expect from a premium dash cam solution. There’s a cracking little Sony IMX335 5.14 Starvis image sensor packed inside the casing’s slate lines. Working with the lens, the footage is truly impressive.

You also have options to tweak capture settings via the touchscreen, though we found that the Thinkware X1000 worked pretty well out of the box. It even starts recording right from the off, without requiring any manual input. Remember, this is not necessarily what everyone wants.

As for the resulting footage, expect Quad HD 1440p, 2560 x1440 resolution from both cameras and they also both provide a wide 156-degree field of view.

Results were impressive both in harsh light and after dark, with plenty of crisp detail on show and a decent level of dynamic range thanks to HDR processing. Overall, we found the results to be impressive in a variety of situations.

If you take the time to get the Thinkware X1000 hardwired, you can also take advantage of the other features and functions in its arsenal. There’s a parking monitoring mode, for example, that detects any unwanted movement around your prized vehicle.

If you want more help protecting the vehicle, it may be wise to pick up an additional radar detector companion. Also, an optional GPS device is required if you want to use Thinkware’s lane departure modes.

There’s a lot to like about the Thinkware X1000. It’s great that you can be ready in no time. If you get Thinkware’s Dash Cam Accessory Pack, this model can be plugged into your car via a power socket, freeing you from having to deal with cumbersome wiring. These and the other accessories mentioned add to the overall cost, however, unless you have an existing DC-in connector that will do the same job.

The best feature of all, though, is the X1000’s ease of use. The touchscreen works well and the menus are intuitive. In this regard, the Thinkware X1000 ticks most of the right boxes, for those who need a front- and rear-facing model.

It may lack built-in GPS or Wi-Fi for cloud backup, but if those don’t matter to you and your priority is a stress-free, high-performance dash cam, the Thinkware X1000 is your go-to. Should be high on the shopping list.

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The Thinkware X1000 dash cam is mounted inside the car's windshield.

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