I've been using a raspberry pi as a media centre which I'm quite happy with - although do have a couple of issues (on another thread)
However I'm quite tempted to get another to use as a portable media centre.
We have a small campervan which whilst being great for versatility is limited on space. I had considered replacing the stereo with a double din unit (either a 7" raspberry pi powered solution or an android headunit) however it isn't in a very good spot to watch.
I've been looking through the loft (pile of old computer junk) and found a couple of old LCD monitors. One of which is a 12v 15" (o possibly 17"?) screen with built in speakers. It also has the added benefit of a removable panel at the back with a big space behind - probably squeeze a pi and a portable HDD in there.
My biggest concern is that it only has a VGA connection - I have seen some converters but would resolution be a problem? Some of the ones I've seen say they will only do 720p and 1280p resolutions. I doubt the monitor would support those resolutions. I'm guessing it is 1024x768. Will it work with this?
Does it sound like it would work for this purpose, I don't want to mount it in the campervan, I just want it as a portable unit which can just plug into a 12v socket - so it would only have one wire - as an optional I could connect a second wire to plug the audio into the car stereo system.
The other monitor was a little larger - I think it is a 19" 4:3 - it has a DVI connection - however it has a mains kettle lead so would have to take it apart and see what the built in transformer transforms down to. It doesn't have speakers built in though. Would this be any better due to the DVI? It also doesn't have a panel in the back with space for the pi!