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Since this is out:http://secure.simmarket.com/vr-insight-v737-overhead.phtmlI'll gladly see comments of anyone who was tempted to purchase this.

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Waiting on mine to arrive. You can find most of the documentation on Vrinsight's website. Manual/Drawings/Software/Etc.

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Waiting on mine to arrive. You can find most of the documentation on Vrinsight's website. Manual/Drawings/Software/Etc.
Please share with us the things which are not included in documentation - issues, compatibility problems, build quality...

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I agree it looks fantastic. I would have been very tempted to save my hard earned dosh and buy it for my next sim build, until I saw the dimensions.... it's barely a foot square! Sorry guys, everyone to their own, but I wouldn't pay that kind of money on something that was so less than a true rendition of the real thing.

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I agree it looks fantastic. I would have been very tempted to save my hard earned dosh and buy it for my next sim build, until I saw the dimensions.... it's barely a foot square! Sorry guys, everyone to their own, but I wouldn't pay that kind of money on something that was so less than a true rendition of the real thing.
+100VR insight seems to have a lot of products that look nice but just seem to miss the mark by a fraction. Their yoke is another example, they got everything right except the lack of programmable switches.I saw this overhead and thought this was going to be must have, until like you, I saw the dimensions. What were they thinking? At least make a full size version as an option. The extra sheet metal and aluminum could not add that much to the price of the product; shipping yes but, not the overhead.Makes me wonder what the size of the switches are? Notice they did not put anything next to it for scale?Bummer!

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[media]You guys are missing the point of it being compact. Not everone has the infrastructure needed for a full size overhead. It easily attaches to a monitor stand and gets the job done, all in one just plug and go.

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Ohsirus, I hear what you're saying sure, it could be smaller, but crikey, 12" square!!! Like Blaze said about the yoke. I too wanted one, but the lack of switches stopped me! I wonder how many other simmers feel exactly the same way as Blaze and me??!! If I were manufacturing anything to such a high standard and supplying such a niche market, I would have done some pretty thorough market research beforehand. Maybe they did, but I doubt it. If so, could we really believe that no one said, 'hey, great bit of kit but it's the size of a toy' or 'love the yoke, but simmers like more switches on their yokes.' I think so... so I'm a lost customer, Blaze is a lost customer... how many others?

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Howard, have to take into consideration also that not everyone is going for the full-scale cockpit. I was initially leary on the price, but I ordered it while on sale so it wasn't too bad. VRi generally does fill that niche of trying to compress alot into one small piece as their MCPs do. It's small size goes nice with my current layout and since it has a vesa mount going to connect up a swivel arm to move it out of the way when not needed.Projectver1.jpg

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Looks like that is some great kit Vincent. Post some pics when you have aminute...

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I hear what your saying Vincent, for those where space is a premium it does become a viable option. At these dimensions it could get set to the side and used more like an a flight engineer's station than an overhead?The bottom line is it's just too small for me. The fact that it's not "full scale" isn't the deal breaker either since I don't fly using a shared cockpit or a First Officer. I could certainly accept a 3/4 scale or some other variation. There is a thing as being "too compact" I'm a big guy and at only roughly a square foot in dimensions one of my concerns would be being able to manipulate the switches without inadvertently tripping something unintended. It will be interesting to see if you have any issues with this during your use?Your pit layout does look nice and we share some common gear, good luck and do post a picture when your finished.

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Well my Vri Overhead came today, tested her out. Did three Cold and Darks and various tests and have to say she works great. Connected right up to Ifly737 (Currently the only profile) and worked as promised.It's heavy as most Vri gear is, solid design, darker than I imagined.Has two USB ports on the rear and spots for a vesa mount. Have not Q/A'd all the lights although the Engine Start switches say "Off" vice "Auto". One other thing of note is the 4 landing lights are ganged together in the software although there are 4 separate switches. The switches are small and I have big hands, nothing too bad, but would be nice to have some rubber tips on them for a better grip.I know one of the gripes is the size, but if you're like me and not going for the full scale setup its a nice alternative. Hopefully soon there will be more profiles released soon. There is a keymapper to map the switches, but have not delved into yet, nor have I tested the virtual serial port program to see if FSUIPC can recognize it.All in all I like it, really adds to the immersion and doesn't require a second mortgage or sacrificing more space than you'd like. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.dba8406f.jpg2a55c6de.jpg27454020.jpg47238908.jpg267d6ed3.jpg6bb4fc06.jpg2691fdfd.jpg74adb8fc.jpg

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Amazing! It could fit on my desk, I want one! Perhaps after it's compatible with the NGX I'll order mine.Such a neat idea to have a mini overhead. To the folks saying it's too small for that price: :Doh: Are you kidding me? And most of the naysayers are the same ones that insist on expensive yolks and quadrants! The point is to have an overhead that's not actually an overhead, but an accessible recreation of one for the non-cockpit builders. If you want a full sized overhead for this price, good luck suckers! Just%20Kidding.gif

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Thanks ohsirus for the mini review!Do You need both USB connections to have the unit operable?

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Well my Vri Overhead came today, tested her out. Did three Cold and Darks and various tests and have to say she works great. Connected right up to Ifly737 (Currently the only profile) and worked as promised.It's heavy as most Vri gear is, solid design, darker than I imagined.Has two USB ports on the rear and spots for a vesa mount. Have not Q/A'd all the lights although the Engine Start switches say "Off" vice "Auto". One other thing of note is the 4 landing lights are ganged together in the software although there are 4 separate switches. The switches are small and I have big hands, nothing too bad, but would be nice to have some rubber tips on them for a better grip.I know one of the gripes is the size, but if you're like me and not going for the full scale setup its a nice alternative. Hopefully soon there will be more profiles released soon. There is a keymapper to map the switches, but have not delved into yet, nor have I tested the virtual serial port program to see if FSUIPC can recognize it.All in all I like it, really adds to the immersion and doesn't require a second mortgage or sacrificing more space than you'd like. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Nice one Vincent. It sound slike you're a happy man, let us know how you get on.
Amazing! It could fit on my desk, I want one! Perhaps after it's compatible with the NGX I'll order mine.Such a neat idea to have a mini overhead. To the folks saying it's too small for that price: :Doh: Are you kidding me? And most of the naysayers are the same ones that insist on expensive yolks and quadrants! The point is to have an overhead that's not actually an overhead, but an accessible recreation of one for the non-cockpit builders. If you want a full sized overhead for this price, good luck suckers! Just%20Kidding.gif
Hi Zach, sure, but in fairness it wasn't the size of the panel not being fullsize that was the issue, but more that the panel was just a little too small for some of us. Anyway, we are all different, thank god, and I'm looking forward to Vincents' review!

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Thanks ohsirus for the mini review!Do You need both USB connections to have the unit operable?
The Rear USB are ports for accessories, It came with a LED strip. Sucks that now my FS2crew FO can no longer operate the overhead as he has no physical hands :sad:

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Now this gets interesting... what about an overhead panel displayed on a touch screen? Has anyone had any success with this. That will mean your friendly FO, whenever he arrives with the accompanying FS2Crew (SDK!) will still be able to operate the panel....

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Prosim737 overhead is designed for touchscreens, dont think the others do. Prosim lets you just touch the name/position of what u want to do, no right clicks etc. Not sure what SDK you mean, but I imagine PMDGs will also have the same FS2crew issue if you have actual hardware switches that determine ingame states.

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Hi,Probably a daft question but can you minimise the overhead panel software ?, I really don't want this visible during flying.Thanks in advanceAndi :Shocked:

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Hi,Probably a daft question but can you minimise the overhead panel software ?, I really don't want this visible during flying.Thanks in advanceAndi :Shocked:
The Overhead panel doesnt need to be displayed, just showing the relation of both.

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By any chance is the panel back lit or are there provisions for back lighting?ThanksKevin

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By any chance is the panel back lit or are there provisions for back lighting?ThanksKevin
No backlighting , and no provisions as far as I can tell.

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