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Your take on the infotainment system

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Seems like this is a real hit or miss with people. I personally like it since it makes the dash's shape look less bulky and the center "stack" less cluttered (on the CLA it is already cluttered enough without a screen in it). But many also consider it tacky and cheap, especially since it looks "stuck on." I'm actually most surprised by my Apple worshiper friends who I thought would like the idea of an iPad on their car. The only thing I don't like about it is that until it becomes more common, I don't like the idea of a big iPad sitting like a satnav on my dash for any would be car thief to see.

I know Mazda and Skoda along with Mercedes is going along with the "stuck on" look. Buick has a halfway big lump attaching the infotainment to the dash where it is on the Merc. Audi and Aston both have versions of a pop up that when up is similar to the Merc. Some Toyotas also have an infotainment that is somewhat similar. So it's not a purely Mercedes thing.

Anyways what are your thoughts?
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I think that the nav screen placement could be improved. I don't think the stuck on look is good from a design standpoint. Things should look integrated with eachother, as if they are all part of the whole. The screen looks like it doesn't actually belong. There is enough room with the three vents underneath for Benz to improve upon the design.

I think this set-up would be cool if it was a mount for your iPad or tablet. you could take it with you and then put it back when you get in the car. Then the design would have some type of purpose. Right now I think it is a glaring missed opportunity.
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