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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Laptop GPS for Europe - which one Reply with quote

I have a laptop that I intend taking on a little tour in Europe. It has Autoroute 2002 and it occured to me that I could combine this (I think) with a GPS system to better help my chances of reaching my destination.



Trouble is it's all new to me so I'd really appreciate any help, advice, experience as to which product is the most compatible, future-proof (as far as that's possible!) and economical (cheap!).



I'll base my purchase on what I hear from this thread, so I'm really in your hands - be gentle Smile



Finally I'll be buying this before Thursday 26/06/03, which is when I depart - I'll write a full report on my experience about whatever I get for all future GPSers.



Many thanks,



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Laptop GPS for Europe - which one Reply with quote

Cameron,



As a beginner I would be inclined to get hold of the tried and tested Leadtek 9531.

This will work with Autoroute, at least it does for me, and is compatible with practically all PDA satnav systems, if you evolve in that direction.

You will need a standard connection lead with, preferably, a USB connection which will power up the GPS from the laptop battery and give you easy connection and set up.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Laptop GPS for Europe - which one Reply with quote

Thanks for the speedy reply Peter,



I also found on my Internet travels a comparison of the Leadtek 9531 and the Holux GM210 where the Holux faired marginally better.



Any thoughts.



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Laptop GPS for Europe - which one Reply with quote

The other manufacturer that comes to mind is Haicom. I've got a Haicom HI-303MMF, which is probably unnecessary for what you're planning, though I'm delighted with it. The snag is that there's no serial input in mouse mode, so you can't reconfigure the GPS unless you put it in a CompactFlash slot (or a PC Card slot using a PC Card / CompactFlash adapter).



You have two options - Haicom do a dedicated USB GPS mouse, or you can buy the PDA mouse with a USB lead. The latter would leave the option open of switching to a PDA lead in the future.







All of Leadtek, Holux and Haicom are good manufacturers. Peter is, I'm sure, correct in saying that the Leadtek GPS mice are pretty much 'standard'.



There's even some lower cost products from manufacturers such as Royaltek, which should be fine.





If you decide to go for a SiRF based GPS (most are), tracking down one that's uses the latest SiRFstar IIe/LP chipset will have some benefits - but not much. This chipset's main advantage is lower power consumption, though this article, which compares some mouse receivers (but not the Leadtek), talks about the advantages of SiRFstar IIe/LP in a mouse.







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