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I bought this Sat Nav for my wife last year shortly after she passed her test. Halfords had it in a sale reduced from £199 to £99. I`m not sure if £199 really was the true original price but it seemed a bargain anyway and so it as proven to be. The unit comes with the cradle to fix it to your windscreen when driving, along with the charger that plugs into the cars cigarette lighter socket. It also comes with a USB cable for connection to your P.C, an S.D memory card and instrucion Booklet - unfortunately the instruction booklet is actually on the C.D that comes with it. If like me you prefer to read an items instruction manual as a physical book rather than on a computer screen that is a slight disadvantage particularly if you want to print the instructions out instead - all 66 pages of them.
However the basic set up of the unit is pretty simple and the instructions are only really needed for some of the more involved options of the unit. It allows you to set up destinations through the touch screen either through typing the address of the place or the post code. If you know the post code it guides you virtually to the door. You are also able to save your destinations you type in into your favourites folder so they are then easily retrieved for next time at the touch of a button on screen. The screen itself is large nice and clear and actually changes brightness automatically depending on the conditions ie bright sunny day or driving at night. The display also shows in 2D or 3D. The voice which is female also gives nice clear instructions telling where to turn from up to about 0.5 miles away then again within about 300 - 200 yards and then again when you are on top of your turn. It also lets you know when you are coming up to speed cameras and warns you to watch your speed. You can also search for points of interest near to where you are this could be for example to find the nearest petrol station, hotel, airport,doctors,shopping centre or restaraunt, it even as a variety of tourist locations saved in its memory. As far as the destinations go it allows your to arrange your route by a variety of different means. It will calculate your route depending on whatever setting you stipulate for example you can use fastest route or most direct or their is even an option to avoid all motorways. My wife uses this since as a new driver and still lacking a bit of confidence she wanted to avoid travelling on M roads, slower maybe but a useful option to have nevertheless. Before you head off on your journey you can also check to look at a turn by turn list of the route that as been plotted out for you so you know in advance whats coming. If when driving you do take a wrong turn the unit will either ask you to do a U-turn where possible or calculate an alternative route for you.
Connecting to the internet allows you to download new maps and updates either as new roads are built or also allowing you to download maps for other countries so you can use your Navigon if you are planning to drive over on the continent a great idea, the disadvantage being that you do have to pay for these downloads roughly about £15 when i last looked although i have not needed this facility so it may have changed by now.
Purchased this Navigon 2100 UK & ROI Sat Nav from Halfords a little over 2 weeks ago for £89.99.
Having never had a Sat Nav before, my wife and I were very pleased with the ease to set up this model. Within 2 minutes of leaving the store we had the Sat Nav set up and showing us the way home.
The box contained the Sat Nav Unit, Holder, Charger, Memory Stick and CD. The Navigon did not come with instructions, these are contained on the CD.
The screen is very clear and it is easy to glance at. There is only one navigation voice available, it would have been nice to have a few more or be able to download some which doesn't seem possible.
Whilst driving the unit tells you the speed limit of the road you are travelling along, this will come in particulally handy when travelling on unfamiliar roads. It also has speed camera alerts which again is very handy indeed.
The box also bragged lane assistance, we have not experieced this feature yet as we live in the country, however the principle is a great idea and will become a great help on our random road trips. Lane assistance shows you which lane you need to be in when there are a number of lanes. This can often prove difficult without a Sat Nav when in unfamilar areas and takes the risk out of having to switch between lanes.
The screen is relatively small but is large enough to see the map clearly but not too big that it obstructs your view.
It has a 7 digit full postcode search so can navigate you as close to your destination as you can get. You can also add "via" points so it is possible to call at different places on a journey. It also has 2D and 3D views, day/night viewing as well as a lot of information regarding your journey displayed on screen including speed, estimated time of arrival (which alters with your speed), duration of journey, distance remaining, total distance etc. All these can be turned on and off display in the settings. The Sat Nav also has over 2 million points of interest pre-loaded and these are displayed (if you want) whilst the unit is navigating. This can be helpful with places such as petrol stations, hospitals etc.
The unit also recalculates your route if you go a different way/wrong way. Sometimes it tells you to turnaround at first but if you continue it will find a new route that doesn't involve turning around.
Overall we are extremely pleased with the Navigon 2100 and feel we made a good decision in purchasing this product. It would of been nice to have some voices to choose from for the navigation but this is not really that important and doesn't prevent you from getting to where you want to go.