Product Type: Binatone in GPS Navigation
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Useful, if it has maps for your part of town
Binatone Carrera X350
Member Name: Russ1973
Binatone Carrera X350
Advantages: Cheap, compact, easy to use
Disadvantages: Questionable whether maps are complete
I consider myself fortunate, we won this sat nav at my partners works' christmas party last year in a free raffle for employees. If I had paid money for it I think I would have been disappointed.
At first, we were over the moon, sat nav is not something we'd consider buying, but could be a useful tool as we go away camping many times a year to new places. Personally I prefer to navigate with a map and knowing where I am, but given that we received it free we decided to give it a go.
The first time we used it, it all started brilliantly. We plugged it in in the car on the way from the party in Derby to our home in Essex. It took a good few minutes to lock onto the satellite signal and pick up on where we were, but once it did it was working fine.
Setting the route was child's play, just enter your postcode and away you go. There are other options though, you can search by name and also pick up certain points of interest nearby.
The disappointment came when we got near home...despite working brilliantly all the way there on the motorways, etc the unit declared that we were on Whitmore Way, however, the display showed us as being nowhere...no roads, nothing. Perhaps we are unlucky and the mapping for our particular estate is missing/broken, but we are not prepared to risk getting lost when towing a caravan if it happens again in other areas. Have you ever tried turning around with a caravan on the back of your car? ;)
I can't comment on the speaker quality, my partner didn't want it on, she preferred to just follow directions on the screen. But the brief period before I turned the voice off, it sounded quite loud and clear.
The package we got also came with different fascias you could interchange, including zebra stripes and bright pink! Therefore I think this particular model is aimed at the female market.
All in all, a nice little unit that showed promise, it just let us down on maps for our area.
Summary: A nice little unit that showed promise, but didn't deliver for us.
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