2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test

2009 BMW 750i: An Effective LCD Screen for the Information Age

August 10, 2009

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Whether you like it or not, we live in an information-driven society. The trick these days isn't obtaining information, it's managing it in a way that doesn't bury you. For this reason I give BMW credit in how they've set up the LCD screen in our long-term 750i.

The options for the display range from a single-screen dedicated to one type of information (i.e. audio system) to split-screen (showing two types of information like audio and navigation) to turning the screen off completely.

I like to set the screen up as seen above. Let's take a look at the display and consider all the pieces of information it's providing:

1. Current Sirius Satellite Station ( Classic Vinyl)

2. Current Song being Played (Molly Hatchet's Flirtin' With Disaster)

3. Current Time (9:18 a.m.)

4. Current Location (southbound PCH in Santa Monica)

5. Current Navigation Scale (1-mile)

6. Compass (North is "up" with the current navigation configuration)

7. Current Signal Strength for my Paired iPhone (full bars)

8. Current Signal Strength for Sirius Satellite Radio (the cute little dog means you're receiving)

9. Current Signal Strength for GPS (the pyramid shape with bars above it)

Of course this is just one version way to set up the screen. You can configure it in an almost infinite manner. In a world drowning in information, this is a good sign that we might someday get a handle on all of it.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 13,625 miles

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