Feeling lost? you won't be if you"ve got the ViaMichelin Navigation X-930
Portable In Vehicle GPS System. Combining ease of use and portability,
ViaMichelin's Portable GPS Navigation X-930 is the lightest weight
product in its class, and has the latest GPS receiver technology
(based on SiRFstarIII chip), plus a complete set of pre-loaded U.S.
maps and points of interest. (Canada maps may be downloaded from
included DVD) The X-930 is a full-featured GPS with optimized routing,
user address book, flexible destination selection and useful points of
This new product from ViaMichelin builds on Michelin's
over 100 years of maps and guides publishing experience and the X-930
has a slim, convenient design, while providing a full-size touch
screen for easy use and navigation. The unit also features voice and
text prompted turn-by-turn driving directions with comprehensive
street-level maps. Bypass - change your route to avoid roadworks,
traffic jams Canada maps are loadable from included DVD software
If you don't happen to own a luxury car with a built-in
navigation system, and you want to drive from point A to point B
without having to look up addresses on the internet and print your
results--or even worse, pull over and ask directions--the Via Michelin
X-930 could be what you're looking for. Its compact size, easy setup,
no-learning-curve operation, and reliability make it an ideal travel
companion for any drive you can't make on auto pilot.
The device weighs only 4.7 ounces, making it great
for travel by car, foot, or bicycle. It comes with all the mounting
hardware you need, as well.
The XP-930 puts the latest navigation technology in
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The XP-930's basic black and gray plastic exterior
suggests its straightforward mode of operation. A touchscreen
dominates the front of the device, and serves as the main user
interface. You can easily adjust the screen's brightness from the
settings menu, or switch between day and night modes. On the right are
four buttons that link you directly to central functions: Home (back
to the main menu), History (your last 10 destinations), Current
Location, and Points of Interest. Two buttons on the left control
volume for voice instructions. On the back is a slot for the stylus,
meant for the touchscreen interface. On top you'll find an on/off
switch, a lock to prevent you (or your kids) from making unwanted
changes while en route, a headphone mini jack, and an SD card slot.
The device comes with an SD card containing a map of the 48 contiguous
U.S. states (sorry Alaska and Hawaii). On the bottom you'll find a
mini USB port (as found on most digital cameras), which handles all
charging as well as connecting the device to your PC.
Getting the XP-930 up and running is pleasantly
simple. After inserting the SD card, the device guides you through the
few steps required for basic setup: choosing an interface language,
location, and 2D or 3D map display. You can then mount it in your car
with the sturdy windshield mounting system or adhesive dashboard
mount. The supplied 12 volt charger keeps the unit powered while you
are on the go. Satellite connections are made with the newer SiRF Star
III technology, which is very snappy, requiring only a few seconds for
the device to locate you and plot your course.
Apart from the four side buttons mentioned above, all interaction with
the X-930 is via the touchscreen. Most applications can be accessed by
fingertip, although, unless your fingers are very small and pointed,
you will want to use the stylus for a few interactions that require a
finer touch--such as adjusting the screen brightness. The home screen
has only three icons: "Plan Your Journey," "Navigate To," and
"Settings." Submenus are intuitive and easy to negotiate. We found it
a breeze to adjust all settings just by following the menu icons,
allowing us to leave the user guide at home.
Six different search methods at your fingertips.
Zoom in and move the map with ease.
Search states and towns for points of interest.
The heart of the X-930 is its navigation system, which allows you to
input a specific address, search for a point of interest, select a
destination from the map, or choose a travel goal based on your saved
destinations or navigation history. Once again, complex instructions
are not needed, as the unit intuitively guides you through the steps
required to tell it where you want to go.
X-930 includes optional voice instructions to guide you if you don't
want to take your hands off the wheel. We found this system worked
quite well, being warned of upcoming turns 0.1 miles in advance. Maps
can be displayed in either two or three dimensions, depending on
whether you feel more comfortable with a traditional flat map or like
to see your changing position in 3D. Either display variation makes it
quite clear where you are, where you are going, and provides a big red
arrow to tell you when a turn is coming up. If you happen to miss a
turn, the unit quickly recalibrates your position in relation to your
destination and gets you back on track.
You can also navigate
directly to a point of interest. The X-930 comes with an extensive
list of restaurants, parks, businesses, etc. Want to find the nearest
McDonalds or Starbucks to your current location? Just grab it from the
drop down list and you are on your way. We found not only major
chains, but local establishments as well. In addition you can download
more points of interest and install them on the device with the
included "Navigation" software (PC only).
The only real gripe we
had with the X-930 concerns inputting and editing. To enter the name
of a city or address requires a keyboard that appears on the
touchscreen. However, rather than a QWERTY keyboard, you'll find a
grid of letters in alphabetic order. Being used to keyboards and
thumbboards we found this system a bit slow and awkward. In addition,
if you make a typo there is no way to edit without erasing all letters
following your error. If your were, for example, to type
"Philladelphia" the device would not find the city you are looking
for, nor offer an alternative spelling. You would have to return to
the keyboard screen and delete all letters after the superfluous L.
- Easy to use, affordable GPS navigation that
- Fast satellite connections, quick correction for
- Reliable map included on SD card
points of interest
What's in the Box
- Awkward input and
editing of destination information
ViaMichelin X-930 GPS navigator, car mounting bracket, stylus, SD
card, ViaMichelin DVD-ROM, USB cable, AC power adapter, car charger,
and user's manual.
- 3.5" TFT Color LCD
- Dash and Windshield Mount
- Intergrated user address book
- Integrated GPS receiver (SIRF Star III technology): ensures GPS reception, even through heat reflective windscreens
- Powerful and quick route calculation
- Clear and precise Voice Guidance in French, English, Italian, German, Spanish
- Saves your last 10 destinations
- Speed warner: alerts you when you exceed speed limits
- Bypass: change your route to avoid roadworks, traffic jams
- Canada maps are loadable from included DVD Software Disc