Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:08

Review: Navman EZY45

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navman-ezy45It is getting harder to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a high end sat-nav device, pricing and features just keep improving at the lower end of the market.  Take for example the latest Navman EZY series of devices.

Starting with the EZY15 at AU$169 RRP, and the one that iTWire took for a test run, the EZY45 at AU$199.

If you stack this device up, even against Navman's own and more expensive MY series there is not much missing from the list of options.

4.3' Resistive Panel with a 480 X 272 resolution is a good start and coupled with an improved Navman interface that makes selecting an option and data entry quick and logical your basic navigation needs are well met.  Screen response is satisfactory for most functions; though a little slow if you want to navigate a map screen by finger.

The unit itself is unremarkable, with a rather simple black finish, and micros SD port.  The non-integrated Navman mounting system is a much better solution than other brand budget lines with the mount housing the power connection, whilst still allowing for quick decoupling and removal when parked.

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The EZY series says no to multiple English voice options, but yes to just about everything else.  Spoken street names, a database of over 640,000 points of interest, school zone detection, 3D junction views and multiple route options give all you need to get places.  You will want to adjust the alerting options to tone down the barrage of speed, safety camera, railway crossings and accident black spot warnings that can become more distracting than informative at times.

The EZY45 is a well-priced workman like device that provides the navigation essentials and more that most will be looking for in a dedicated sat-nav unit.

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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