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Transcend DrivePro 200 Review

Transcend DrivePro 200 Review

First impressions:

The packaging of the Transcend DrivePro 200 looks quite impressive! The material is great and feels well constructed, with lots of useful information on the packaging that explains the unit and its features. Certainly, this is something that most other entry-level dashcam manufacturers can learn from.

The unit itself looks classy and feels good in the hands, with a solid and heavy base that is usually more typical for higher-end dashcams from Korea. The unit measures 6.7(L) x 7.2(W) x 3.4(H) centimeters or 2.63(L) x 2.83(W) x 1.33(H) inches. It’s definitely not a big and bulky unit, but unlike the higher-end dashcams, it does stand out especially with the arm mount of the unit.


The Transcend DrivePro 200 definitely feels and looks better than its Skyview G1, G1W, G6 and Koonlung C74 competitors. 

Video quality and other features:

 

The Transcend DrivePro 200 has a 3.0 megapixel CMOS image sensor with F/2.0 aperture, offering sharp video quality with clear color gradients. It has Full HD video resolution at 1080p at 30fps. I was quite impressed with the video clarity of the unit, especially with how the colors are portrayed. Transcend definitely has stepped up their game in terms of video and picture quality.

For these simpler dashcams that lack features such as parking mode or Wifi/smartphone app integration, their image quality is often excellent as they have a lot more internal room to pack in mechanical parts. Indeed, the Transcend DrivePro 200 has crystal clear imaging, providing license plate legibility from about 2-3 vehicle lengths away.

One great feature of the Transcend DrivePro 200 is the option to select an adhesive tape mount or a suction cup mount. Although I personally prefer the adhesive tape mount as it provides more stable imaging in videos, the suction cup allows for easy transfer of the dashcam between different vehicles or mount positions in the car. This is particularly useful when you want to mount a dashcam in a rental vehicle such as when on vacation or trips, etc.

Again, the Transcend DrivePro 200 does NOT have parking-mode recording, which is common for dashcams at this price, so nothing really surprising here. The cigarette female adapter should have more than enough wire length to extend from wherever you mount the camera, even if using a socket from the second row of a vehicle.

Wifi and App:

One of the more important and definitely the most surprising feature of the Transcend DrivePro 200 is the Wifi/smartphone app integration. This feature is usually only found on the higher-end premium dashcams in the market; it really is great to see Transcend incorporate this function into an entry-level dashcam. 

The actual functionality of the Wifi and smartphone app is slightly disappointing and, as expected, not on par with those of BlackSys’, BlackVue’s and Thinkware’s systems. The layout and user interface is decent but limited in the availability of options to change settings and can become slow and laggy. There is also a noticeable delay in the live-streaming function of about 1.5-2 seconds on the phone, but this is not necessarily a big deal. Downloading videos onto your phone takes longer than it does for the aforementioned brands and may require several attempts as almost half the videos I tried to download stopped midway through.

Verdict:

Like a breath of fresh air, the Transcend DrivePro 200 offers a great insight to the capabilities of entry-level dashcams with features found on higher-end dashcams. With a premium build quality and excellent video resolution, the Transcend DrivePro 200 is a very strong and capable competitor in the entry-level dashcam market. Although there are drawbacks in its Wifi and smartphone app integration, these functions still provide the ability to change settings and download videos straight from your smartphone. If parking-mode recording is unimportant for a customer, this unit is a great dashcam for vehicle protection and security.