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Great Budget SatNav for bike
, 17 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Peaklife - 3.5 Inch Weatherproof Motorcycle/bike/car GPS Navigator (All Terrain Edition) GPS35M (Electronics)
Bought this as a budget SatNav for longer journeys on the motorcycle.
Didn't realise it was to be delivered from Hong Kong until the e-mail arrived from the seller.
However, the item was delivered in about 10 days in great packaging with tons of bubble wrap.
Loads of cables and bits and pieces in the box.
This unit is preloaded with UK and European maps so no need to worry about getting started on the road with no maps.
Maps are from IGO mapping software, but still not sure about how to update maps online, in the future, as this unit is not recognised on the IGO website for online updating. You will probably need to get a download from IGO which you then you can transfer from the computer onto the units flash memory. Cable to connect to the computer is provided with the unit. I read on one forum that TOM TOM maps will work from a SD card . SD card slot is in the back of the unit.
Two batteries supplied with it. Also it has a mounting kit for the handlebar of the bike or a suction mount option for car windscreen. Two cradles provided, one has a fixed charging part, if you want to charge the unit on the cradle.
I managed to find out the the back of one of the mounts - the socket - will fit perfect with the Ram mounts, but only RAP SB type, which will give a bit more flexibility in finding a correct mount. I bought a Ram Mount - RAP-SB-178 mount and used only the bottom part to fix it to the handlebar cover fairing on the bike and then clipped the ram ball part direct into the back of this unit mounting cradle.
The unit comes with the ability to play music and videos. Had a go at loading music on it and it works no problem, but tried video clips, but they would not play. I think the video format has to be exact to play.
No voice control or postcode input, but the unit finds the address or point of interest no problem. It has predictive text input for available addresses as you narrow the search down, which really speeds up the process of finding your destination. Loads of pre-loaded points of interest on the unit as well.
Will eventually link it up to the bike's battery via an in-line fuse as the charging mount has only two bare wires for connection into the wiring. Otherwise charging is by USB or 12v car socket. Unit works with bluetooth for listening to directions only (not to control the unit). I already had a Scala team rider pro intercom, but this would not work with this unit for some reason. Bought a cheap lookalike from a well know auction site, just search for Bluetooth BT Motorcycle Helmet Headset Intercom and you will find a 100 metre range one, for around £30, but this also will come from Hong Kong. Identical to the Scala one and fits the original scala helmet mount, but the Hong Kong one will work perfect with this SatNav and also receives music from the unit as well.
Also, as this unit works on a Windows operating system - Win CE 5.0. If want to use it for more than a Sat Nav, then with a bit of computer know how you can download some basic windows applications which will run on this unit if you choose to run the program in the search for maps file manager built into the unit. Remember to back up the units flash drive memory to your computer first which has all the maps, etc on it, just in case you freeze the unit.
I would definitely recommend this unit if you don't mind the wait for delivery from Hong Kong and want a good basic waterproof Sat Nav
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