It’s been maybe a year or two since I reviewed a dash cam, I’m personally attempting to see if they’ve gotten any better. Anker did reach out to me and sent a review unit to test, but as always, I’ll be sure to give a 100% unbiased review. The Anker Roav retails for $129, however, at the time of this review, I have seen them on sale for $100 instead. I’ll place my Amazon affiliate links above. Click on those link and they’ll give you the most updated prices in real time. You never know when these things might go on sale.
Going over the physical features, the Roav goes with a clean and straightforward design. Starting up top, you have the insert for a Micro-SD card. Some dashcams do have compatibility issues with certain brands… however, I was able to confirm my Kingston and Sandisk 32 and 64 gigabyte models to work. The Roav is connected using a Micro-USB port instead of a Mini-USB which helps with offering more compatibility with wires laying around the house. On the left side, you have your on and off button, and a little speakerphone that is quite loud with it’s chirps… Fortunately, you’re able to turn this off in the menu.
Before discussing the 2’4” screen and it’s touch buttons, the Roav does supply a super long Micro-USB cable. I measured it at 10 feet long, which is enough for my car if I were to run the cables along the headliner, A-pillar, and under the glove box to the cigarette lighter. Most Dashcams comes with a moderately sized to huge plug, but the one Anker provides is the smallest I’ve seen. In addition, you get two USB ports, one for the camera of course, the other port you can use to charge your phone.
Getting back to camera, this was possibly the most subjective part of the review. It uses 3M double sided tape to stick to your windshield. It’s ridiculously sticky and even lightly pressing it against the glass the first time, it stays on strong, so be sure to align it the best that you can, the first time. The camera mounts along the angle of the glass… so in an event you need to go through the menu settings, your angle of viewing is severely downward. On the flip side, and this might be the very reason why you would prefer this design, at eye height when driving, I rarely if even see the dashcam itself. It doesn’t obstruct my vision at all. You can still unmount the Roav quite easily by sliding it off, change your settings, then sliding it back on. As a side note, during my week of testing, the dashcam does not fall off when turning, and in the recent 90 degree weather, the heat inside the car has not caused the dashcam to unstick from the windshield. Anker also provides a Wifi option and an app where it provides all of your menu settings and the option to review your saved footage without the need to move the dashcam itself.
My personal opinion, I do prefer a more versatile and flexible suction cup, in the event I would ever need to move the camera to another car or if I would like to re-align my camera with greater ease. If you are looking for a dashcam, comment down below, let me know if this design is for you or not.
Going over it’s unique features, there’s continuous looping of your footage. When your memory card fills up, the dashcam will delete your oldest videos, and save the newest ones. Very much standard on any dashcam.
One setting I did notice missing was the ability to change the recorded length of each video. Despite the lack of flexibility for the end-user, from the factory, the standard recording time is 3 minutes before the dash cam records a new file. In my opinion, 3-minutes is still very reasonable. There is a G-Sensor or what I would rather call a Collision sensor. When the dashcam senses a considerable collision, the Roav automatically saves the file, locks it so no one can accidentally delete it just in case, and the file will not be overwritten when the memory card fills up and continues with Loop Recording.
There is a built-in battery and with motion detection, when someone or something walks or drives by while your car is off and parked, the camera will start recording, then stop when there’s no more motion. A handy feature in the parking lot or parking garage.
Moving on, looking at the user interface, the Roav is one of the easier ones to use. There’s touch sensitive menu keys on the bottom and cycling through to toggle the different settings is simply done by pressing OK as shown on screen. The display is 2.4” inches, it’s enough to align your camera, view recorded content if you’d like, and the display does turn off after 30 seconds, a minute… or you can have the screen stay permanently on after you start driving.
But, let’s move onto the video quality. From my assessment, the 1080p display is very good for a dashcam. Some of the things you want to look for is clarity of license plates. While a vehicle is in front, the numbers and letters are very much attainable for insurance purposes. The other aspect to look for is field of view. The Roav offers 145 degrees viewing angle, which isn’t bad, as the lower end dashcam’s offer 120 degrees, and on the upper end, there’s dashcams at a similar price featuring 170 degree viewing angles instead. Anker falls right in between. On highways, you are able to see over your front fenders, for sure catching anyone possibly merging into you. At intersections, field of view is important if someone runs a stop sign or red light, you’re able to get a glimpse of them on the sides, but the other 170 degree cameras might be a better option. You can be the judge if this is enough. Other video features you want to make sure is great is night-time performance. Most dashcams do struggle here with too much glare, or too much noise in an image. Anker does as well as my $180 dashcam that I drive with on a normal basis. Blacks are blacks, colors are accurate, there is some glaring as with most dash cams, at times when you do pull right up to a license plate, but it’s not as bad as other cheaper dashcams on the market. What is recorded is better than others I’ve experienced, and having a dashcam in general is better than not having one at all.
In the end after my assessment with the Roav, for the price, it’s very reasonable for what it offers. The only area I really had to critique was the mounting of the dashcam, but again, there’s pros and cons behind that, you can be the judge. On the positive side, it comes with most standard features you see on other dash cams, and the video quality for $99, it does really well. So that’s it for this review. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, twitter, and/or Instagram. I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom and I’m here to help YOU, make that purchase decision.