Put the Auto-Vox X1 10-inch dash-cam in your car for $187

Way more than just a video recorder, the X1 is also a wide-angle rear-view mirror and a backup camera. Regular folks pay $250.

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I can think of countless reasons to install a dash cam in your vehicle, if not your entire fleet of vehicles.

Ah, but which one? I've seen them priced as low as $50, and I've seen them as high as, well, today's deal: $250. Obviously there are feature and performance differences between those two price points -- but let's come back to that in a moment.

For now, this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the Auto-Vox X1 dual-lens dash cam for $187.49 shipped. That's after applying promo code F7VYI8QG at checkout. Normally it sells for $250, and according to CamelCamelCamel, that price hasn't budged since the X1 debuted back in February.

Calling this a dash cam is actually selling it a bit short. It's that, yes, but it's also a wide-angle rearview mirror. In fact, it installs right over your existing rearview, using a simple but effective pair of heavy-duty rubber bands.

So right from the jump, you're getting a better field of view (well, rear-view) while driving. But there's also a backup camera that installs just above your license plate or, if you prefer, under your tailgate. With a little easy wiring, that camera will engage automatically when you put the car in reverse.

Other noteworthy features: The entire mirror is a touchscreen, one that's nearly 10 inches wide. There's a lane-departure warning system and a wired GPS receiver, the latter used for recording things like speed, direction and route. (That's a potential boon for any business that needs to track drivers.)

Beyond that, it does all the usual dash-cam stuff, including automatic loop recording, night vision, collision detection and so on.

From here I'll turn you over to Eileen Brown's in-depth Auto-Vox X1 review. She liked the unit a lot, save for a few minor issues.

I think if you're looking for a premium dash cam that can do more than just record front-facing video, this is worth a look -- especially considering the discount.