First Impressions Cont’d
The GPS antenna flips out from the back of the unit and folds flat when you want to pack it away. An optional external antenna is also available if you want to mount the unit in a place where line of sight is not a possibility.
Maps are stored on a 2GB SD Card that comes installed into the NAV300. The brand is Kingston, but the performance of the card is pretty slow. With the map files being fairly large, responsiveness could be increased with an upgrade to a faster card. This is also where you plug in your MP3 or Movie loaded SD Card. The NAV300 supports the playback of the following files through this slot:
Music Player: MP3, WAV
Movie Player: MPEG4, AVI, Xvid
Picture Viewer: GIF, JPG, PNG
The unit does not support larger capacity SDHC cards. We tried putting an SDHC card in and it wouldn’t even recognize the files on the card. Bummer.
The left side of the unit gives us access to a headphone jack for rocking out to your tunes. Definitley a better choice than using the built in speakers. To the right is the mic input for the hands-free microphone while the button beside it is the power button. It’s recessed so that it isn’t easily pushed while stowed, draining out your battery.
The right side of the unit gives us our power connector for the included vehicle charging kit or optional home charger. The port labelled TMC is for plugging in the real-time traffic RDS antenna. Further right, you’ll see the master volume dial.
Setting it Up
The included suction cup mount makes it easy to attach it to any glass surface and can be tilted up and down or left and right and locked into place with the locking dials. The mount can also be attached to the dash with the included dashboard mount plate that sticks with an adhesive pad.
The included hands-free microphone mounts easily to the sun visor. The rest of the cabling tucked away unicely into the trim by the windshield pillar and along the space between the dash and the windshield.
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