June 7, 2006

GPS Review: FineDrive 400 GPS

The Fine Drive 400 was announced late last year, and since then has gotten quite a few negative comments on our site about its function and its reliability in rainy weather. Given that our readers had such mixed reaction to the unit (scroll to the bottom of the annoucement link above), it seems to me that it's an unknown and not something you would want to buy before you try. Well the folks over at CNet have the same low opinion of the FineDrive 400 as many of our readers, as they gave it a 3.7 out of 10.

Update: Thinking of buying this unit? Make sure you read the comments below this post and over at this post where it was announced. A lot of readers have a lot to say about this unit!

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CNet says:

"The good: The map display on the FineDigital FineDrive 400 is fairly flexible, offering a 3D view and customizable icons. The unit includes an MP3 player.

The bad: The MP3 player on the FineDigital FineDrive 400 cannot be used with the navigation; the points-of-interest database is weak on shopping information; cold start-up time is lengthy; the unit sometimes shows a substantial difference between perceived and actual location.

The bottom line: The FineDigital FineDrive 400 is inferior to lower-priced navigation units. Its innaccurate handling of route guidance will end up annoying users. "


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Posted by Scott Martin at June 7, 2006 12:32 AM

Recent Comments

And I agree with the others; the POI is terrible. I too would like to know, if I can get the voice fixed, how to update it to currect roads and POI.

Posted by: Stephanie at February 22, 2010 12:18 AM

My unit "was" working fine. It would disconenct or freeze on occasion. It takes round-about routes frequently, but they all do. Now; my "lady" stopped talking to me. First she seemed to have laryngitis and now; no voice at all. I bought this unit from Staples. I tried to go to the website; however the link is "broken." I have tried the volume control; mute on and off... any ideas? Thank you!

Posted by: Stephanie at February 22, 2010 12:15 AM

My finedrive 400 was working fine. We went down to flordia and on the way back the gps just stop working suck on ok. So if anyone can help me that would be great.

Posted by: cynthia holland at February 5, 2009 4:00 PM

My finedrive 400 was working fine. It work good all the way down to flordia, when we headed home it just suck on ok and would not move any more.

Posted by: cynthia holland at February 5, 2009 3:52 PM

I have had my Fine drive 400 for almost two years.
My unit works great. Finds all the eating establishments and POI's I have inquired about.
I use a 110/12v adapter to load favorites ahead of time and plan trips. The direction voice is loud, 4" screen is easy to read and the road options work well in avoiding routes less desirable. I have rented many cars with various other units and still prefer the Fine Drive 400.

Posted by: denzel at May 22, 2008 11:19 PM

We have own our finedrive 400 for 18 months have had no problems other win in Arizona some of the maping is out of date. It sure is nice to no what lane we need to be in for a freeway exit when we are driving down the road in our motorhome towing a vehicle its GREAT!
John & debby

Posted by: John at April 10, 2008 10:06 PM

POS nothing but problems lately, anyone have drivers? please e-mail to ms7074@comcast.net Re: gps

Posted by: Marty at January 27, 2008 8:28 PM

My finedrive is a disaster, poor guidance and locks up the screen, it is now frozen and will not go to info screen, I don't kno where toogo for help, can anyone help me out?

Posted by: pete Bucci at January 1, 2008 12:46 PM

I was given the fine drive 400 last christmas.I did have some trouble with the signal,but it always would locate me and get me to my destination.Well just this past month (the warrenty for one year is soon to be expired)my GPS is shutting down and the scrren is turning black. I have tried to get in touch with the company by phone and Email. I have recieved no response. I hope to hear from them soon,I really am lost with out my system. Would I buy this unit again NO!

Posted by: Cheryl at November 15, 2007 5:36 AM

I bougth a Fine Drive 350 GPS for 162.00 and have had the 350 for about four weeks. I found the operating manual hard to follow and the manual didn't explaine how use the unit to a novice at GPS.
I called the Fine Drive support several times only to get a voice message saying the mail box was full try again. I sent four E-Mail's to their support four times and still no reply.
The Fine Drive company must not have good managemen.
I will never buy another Fine Drive product ever!
Ed Goodwin

Posted by: Ed Goodwin at August 27, 2007 4:51 PM

I just recently bought the unit on PriceGrabber.com, (for $129) and am very happy with the unit so far (even though I have nothing to compare it to) I have one or two beefs with it, though... you can't use the MP3 player and the Navigation at the same time.... but the main problem is, the SD card that is in the Unit is formatted to the RAW file system, not FAT or FAT32. Therefore, it won't accept any other SD card unless it is RAW formatted, which I have no idea how to do.... and does not recognize other SD cards that are inserted that are FAT or FAT32 formatted., so, the MP3 portion is useless unless I can get past this snag. If anyone can tell me how to take care of this problem, please Email me!

Posted by: Gerry Ellis at August 2, 2007 6:21 PM

I purchased a FineDrive 400 in Dec 2006 for $199.00 on sale at Staples. I found it to be easy to use and accurate within seconds on voice commands and displayed information. I really don't know what problems anyone could be having with this unit. I think it's great and did not see the value in spending an extra 200 to 300 dollars for any other GPS unit.

I give it a 7 out of 10 rating. Yes, I did compare it to Garmin and other units.

Posted by: M. S. Harris at March 20, 2007 2:46 PM


Posted by: R.A.SCOTT at December 21, 2006 11:25 PM

Quite a good deal for the price. Has many of the same features as models twice the price by Garmin. Only negative, and I'm trying to figure out why, it does not recognize addresses in some cities. It will only guide you to the city but from there you are on your own. I have not actually gone to the area yet, I'm hoping maybe once I'm in the area it will find the address. It shows all the streets in the area, but only gives 1 street to allow you to put in a choice of 2 addesses on that street.

Posted by: Ernie at November 29, 2006 10:39 PM

I have this unit and it is a bit slow and has a lack of POI. can this card be up-dated or replaced with an up-dated card ? I find alot of POI that I need are not in this unit and would like to either get an up-dated card or perhaps I may have to replace it with a better brand. I am from a large company and would buy quite a few more if this unit can be up-dated. lets make this work and we could possibly order many more.


Posted by: Bob at October 2, 2006 4:03 PM

voice prompt is too slow . compare with a lady from garman a lady from finedrive is a lot lazy.
tell her to wake up and help drivers before it is too late.Which means upgrade upgrade your whole system.Your lady might be doing her daily
job with a snack and coffee cup in her hand.
Display is good enough.expecting your response in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: henry lin at October 1, 2006 8:32 AM
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