Motorrad Navigator II GPS Navigation System

Owners of BMW motorcycles have a new technology available to them to provide up to the minute directions and navigation throughout all of Europe. BMW's latest GPS unit for their motorcycles is a huge step up from their previous model. This model features an upgraded memory chip, up to 2 GB from 512 MB. The model also comes with a road map covering all of Eastern Europe installed right out of the box. This is a great feature because prior to this model you would have to take the unit to your pc and download the appropriate maps onto the unit. With this model you simply have to mount the unit to your motorcycle and attach the battery cable and you are ready to take off on the road.

Riders will find the new touch screen a vast improvement over the previous model and it has been retuned for easier use with gloved hands. The unit has been rated for use in snow and in rain, and against extreme heat and cold. The units increased memory and processors allow for virtual instantaneous updates of information and position. As with the previous model it still provides the rider with elapsed time, estimated time to destination, current speed, average speed and top speed. This models positioning is extremely accurate as it pulls information from twelve different satellites when coordinating your position. Most GPS units only use the information of four satellites and this gives the BMW model a greater advantage at calculating your exact position on the globe.

As for drivers or riders of non-BMW bikes, this unit can be used with any vehicle or motorcycle and will require minimal mounting and wiring. For an automobile it comes equipped with a cigarette lighter plug and can be mounted fairly easily to most vehicles. Pedestrians can also use this unit with its battery powered option. This product is available at all BMW dealerships and online at the BMW website.

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Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS Navigator Review – Pros and Cons

The Garmin Nuvi 255W is currently one of the best-selling GPS navigators in the market thanks to its competitive pricing and ease of use. Here is a quick review of this GPS device.

Cons: For the sake of a fair assessment, we will list down a few of the flaws that we have noticed on the Garmin Nuvi 255W. The truth is, we had trouble finding any major defects on this device. Most of the flaws listed here are pretty minor ones.

For instance, this model does not come with a lifetime of map updates (not many models do). This model ships with a vehicle power charger, but not a regular power socket charger. It also does not come with a USB cable.

Feature wise, this model does not have many road preference adjustments and so not as customizable as we would like it to be. Some customers have reported that it was not easy typing on the touch screen. Then again, this is after all an entry-level model.

Pros: The price of the Garmin Nuvi 255W is very competitive, especially for a huge 4.3-inch display. It currently costs around $ 160 each. For that price, you even get a text-to-speech feature that reads out street names.

The menu layout was very easy to use and intuitive. Even the most non-tech-savvy person will have no problems using this device. It was also very quick and responsive, giving prompt directions and recalculating routes quickly. You can also use the Garmin Nuvi 255W to access MSN Direct services to receive live traffic updates, check the weather or current gas prices. Although the Garmin Nuvi 255W is far from being a flawless device, it is one of the best entry-level GPS navigators around.

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