The design of the Roav is extremely nice and understated. It is constructed from aluminium and plastic which gives it a premium appearance and finish that fits well into any car. The main design feature of the dash cam that I liked was its wedge design which, compared to many other dash cams, allows it to be in my car without it being distracting or an eyesore.
The front of the Roav houses the camera itself, which is adjustable and can be angled so it can point at the road depending on the angle of your windscreen. The sides are pretty bare, with an emergency record button and speaker on the left-hand side, the button will ensure that the current moment being recorded is not overwritten in the future. The right-hand side is where the micro USB cable plugs in, which will automatically turn on and off the dash cam with when the engine is and isn’t running.
The bottom/back of the Roav dash cam is where the screen and buttons are, there are four navigation buttons below the screen which have different functions depending on what part of the dash cam interface you are on, but their functions are labelled on the display. On my dash cam, I set the screen to automatically turn off after 30 seconds so it isn’t distracting but if you want to leave it on you can.
The dash cam is mounted with a sticky mount to your windscreen, as the design prevents a suction cup mounting option. But the Roav can click in and out of the mount for easy release and mounting to the mount. Once you’ve got it mounted the included cable gives you plenty of length to run the USB cable around the car.
The Roav dash cam has a few great features, one of them is that it has built-in Wi-Fi. This means that you can configure settings and also allows you to watch back footage captured on the dash cam from the Roav app on your phone. This is great for ease of use because it means that you don’t have to take out the microSD card or need a computer to watch back the videos.
One of the more interesting features is that the Roav also has a G sensor that can detect impacts when parked, so if someone bumps your car then the dash cam will turn on and start recording automatically. This is also the same for driving, if the sensor detects a certain amount of force (sensitivity can be adjusted in the settings) then it will save the clip and prevent it from being overwritten.
The dash cam will also loop record so you won’t have to worry about deleting footage to make place for new footage, it’ll automatically delete the oldest clips when the card is full unless you’ve told it to save them permanently.
I’m very pleased with the camera quality on the Anker Roav, the Sony sensor used is sharp and shows plenty of detail within the footage. The dash cam handles the different types of weather and times of day well, although at night your headlights are going to be doing most of the work for the camera. The dash cam shoots in 720p and 1080p but I have chosen to go with the higher resolution but you’ll want to make sure that you get a large enough SD card (the Roav supports up to 128gb), as a 3-minute clip is 300mb at 1080p.
Overall, the Anker Roav dash cam is a great choice if you’re looking for a dash cam. It provides a high-quality image matched with a well-made product. It does miss some features such as GPS tagging but there is a more expensive Pro model also available. But regardless, this is a great choice for a dash cam that doesn’t stand out.