One of my worst purchases ever ...
Out of 5 stars:
Latest maps: 1.5
I was one of the fools who thought investing in a laptop solution made more sense than buying a dedicated unit. Just the thought of saving the laptop battery, constant switching on/off/stanby then again waiting for bootup, and then the damn satellite fix gives me the shudders. To top it all, regaining bluetooth connectivity was another pain. ( I was using a Holux GPS unit, sirfIII...much better than running around with a dongled USB unit like MS gives you)
I was/am the laughing stock round here...
I had just planned to throw this away for the same price as woot did now
Now I'll just have to throw it away.
Its sad how these software companies sell map updates as 'upgrades' or new versions instead of keeping their credibility and trying to stick with us.
Like the anti-virus scam with their yearly updates, be careful with who you go with for gps too. S&T has got me lost & way off track coz of outdated maps
and many hand gps units were bad too.
The Mio 310x has not yet got me lost, but has told me to make a right when no right existed, and still doesnt know the way to my own home, which is on an old old road.
but for the price, the Mio is the best, although I have seen other units dropping their pants down recently.
To be fair, it does navigate ok, with what it has got, but this is too risky and bulky a solution, specially with the crappy battery life on laptops. ( I used mine with a car inverter, but things always got in the way)
The voice guidance is so-so, but with the crappy speakers they put out in laptops these days you can hardly hear anything...
It may make sense for those who have no passenger, and go for long drives, with the laptop on all the time. Then again, do you really want to risk crashing it to the floor, or leaving it on the seat while u run out to pee, or looking it at 90degrees from the road ?
Think hard before you invest in this kludge...