"But wait! There's more! It slices! It dices..." Remember the Ginsu knife? We think we've found the electronic equivalent. The difference is that there's nothing gimmicky or cheesy about the Drew Technologies Dashdaq-XL diagnostic and display tool.
The Dashdaq-XL connects to your vehicle's electronics system via the OBDII port, and of course this means that the Dashdaq works primarily with OBDII vehicles. If you don't have an OBDII vehicle, the Dashdaq can still work with many non-OBDII vehicle sensors and EFI systems. The Dashdaq's housing is compact at 3 inches by 5 inches. It's an inch thick. The screen is approximately 2 inches by 4 inches, and the display's brightness is adjustable. The Dashdaq comes with an adjustable bracket that attaches to a smooth, nonporous surface with a suction cup. There's no need for batteries, as the Dashdaq gets its power through the OBDII port.
So what exactly is a Dashdaq? The Dashdaq is a compact many-in-one electronic tool. Many-in-one? Here's a rundown of what the Dashdaq can do:
Display gauges with parameters that you select. On our '04 Toyota 4Runner, there's a temperature gauge, but it doesn't tell you the exact temperature of your coolant. The Dashdaq can read and display your exact coolant temperature.
Display OBDII diagnostics. The Dashdaq automatically recognizes your vehicle's computer control system (ECU) and interfaces with it. The Dashdaq can read trouble codes and tell you what they mean in plain language. You can also use the Dashdaq to clear the trouble codes.
Keep tabs on fuel economy. The Dashdaq can advise you of bad driving habits that inhibit optimum fuel economy. You can opt to be alerted with an audible signal.
Display performance data, such as 0-to-60 acceleration, and quarter-mile times. The Dashdaq can also display braking data.
Log data. This includes everything that is available through the OBDII port. You can save up to 4 GB of data for post-drive analysis.
Entertain you. You can play MP3 files or even video games. Don't even think about playing video games while driving.
GPS. You can select turn-by-turn voice navigation, and choose multiple display modes. The Dashdaq is also available without the GPS function.
In addition to these functions, the display can be customized with different graphics.
That's a lot of stuff! The Dashdaq is a prime example of big things coming in small packages. Of course, you could buy a stand-alone GPS system, and you could buy an engine code reader, and you could buy separate gauges, but by the time you made all those purchases you'd have spent substantially more than the purchase price of the Dashdaq-XL. What's more, all those stand-alone components combined would take up a lot more room than the Dashdaq.
What was the Dashdaq like to use? Read on.