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Worked well for me on XP, but not new as described
on 29 May 2013
It is quite quick (the documentation suggests 42s average from cold start to first fix, and that's about
right). After a minute or so of operation it is really quite accurate. Despite the usual occasional
swings through tens of metres, it's usually much less variable than that, even in a poor-reception
location indoors, and the OS official converter gives a very good match to the National Grid location.
The product has a sticky residue on the back, as though it had been mounted on something and then
removed, and there is an unexpected score-line across the back too. The finish on the front isn't
perfect, but it's not really intended to be looked at. The battery seems to be new - it still has
a "pull me" bit of plastic on it - but this may be false too, as the plastic doesn't cover the
contacts, but is on the other end. Presumably the battery was in circuit all the time, though
it wasn't exhausted when I received it. Charging has worked normally since (though that doesn't
cover much time).
It's really a BT-359 from GlobalSat (see http://www.usglobalsat.com/ for user manual and
support tools), re-badged as "CoPilot". The BT-359 variants differ only cosmetically, and
this re-badged version doesn't quite match any of those used by the original manufacturer.
The bluetooth pairing code is 0000 (clever, that): it needs a secure link.
I'd give it four stars - especially considering the price - if only it was really new.
I suspect it's not really second-hand either, but part of a job lot which was mounted on
something and then unmounted before being sold.