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    Question Which GPS to buy to use with my laptop? Bluetooth?

    I just plan on using this with my laptop sitting in the passenger's seat, nothing fancy. I need a GPS reciever and software. I'd like to see good street level detail as well as get directions, spoken if possible (not absolutely necssary).

    The laptop is an 850mhz Dell with serial and USB ports. I also have built-in Bluetooth, and I'd like to use that if it's not prohibitivly expensive.

    Ideal solution: Directions, street level detail (names, option for addresses, etc), connected via Bluetooth, has the option to run on rechargeable batteries, or via some kind of power cable (mouse port, cig lighter, 5V DC from power supply, or even AC power)

    Also, my maximum budget for software and hardware is about $180

    Some ideas, any opinions on either of these?
    http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...518&pfp=BROWSE
    http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...436&pfp=BROWSE
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    I really would recomend a Deluo setup. I have the GPS unit from them and the new Routis 2k4. It is very good for that usage. It also speaks to you. It has a decent POI but double-time makes up for it in the nav functionality that it may be lacking.

    Call 1-800-MY-DELUO and ask for Paul from sales. Paul will answer any questions you have and is very willing to work with you on how the setup works. He spent a lot of time with me without rushing me or anything.

    Call him and tell him Mike H. with the Red-Rx7 sent you. Let me know how it goes!
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    About how much is a Deluo setup?
    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
    Completion: [*********-] 90%
    Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
    LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

    - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
    - 128MB RAM
    - 40x4 Backlit Character LCD
    - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
    - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bombboyer/ Redesigned, new pics!

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    How about navigator from www.directions.ltd.uk
    and a Road Angel from PCmediastore.com

    gives great mapping with voice instructions and alerts to speed cameras

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by bombboyer
    I just plan on using this with my laptop sitting in the passenger's seat, nothing fancy. I need a GPS reciever and software. I'd like to see good street level detail as well as get directions, spoken if possible (not absolutely necssary).

    The laptop is an 850mhz Dell with serial and USB ports.
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    -Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by psyclobe
    Copilot live 7

    -Jason
    At $399, thats out of my price range. Any other recommendations?
    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
    Completion: [*********-] 90%
    Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
    LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

    - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
    - 128MB RAM
    - 40x4 Backlit Character LCD
    - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
    - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bombboyer/ Redesigned, new pics!

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    Did you call Paul?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-Rx7
    Did you call Paul?
    I'm not quite ready to give Deluo a call before I've done some more research.
    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
    Completion: [*********-] 90%
    Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
    LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

    - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
    - 128MB RAM
    - 40x4 Backlit Character LCD
    - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
    - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bombboyer/ Redesigned, new pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by david brown
    How about navigator from www.directions.ltd.uk
    and a Road Angel from PCmediastore.com

    gives great mapping with voice instructions and alerts to speed cameras

    David
    Navigator doesn't have the mapping for USA...yet. As soon as it does we'll let you know.

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    I'm been using a Delorme GPS and their Street Atlas software for almost 5 years now. all in all, I cant complain one bit about em. dont buy them from compusa.com though. you can get BOTH the software and the GPS unit off ebay for less than $120 including shipping.

    A Note about the software versions: the last 3 versions have all undergone major changes. 8.0 utilized the classic streetatlas interface and maps that all the ones before it had used. 2003 was basicly a complete rewrite of the program; had a brand new user interface (which I like), and the maps changed a bit. I personally liked 2003, but there were alot of people that complained about it. I dont have 2004, but from people i've talked to, It kept the interface from 2003, and added the old map design from 8.0 back in.

    If you get 2004, and cant stand the software, I can prolly dig up my old cd's for ya =)

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