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January 7, 2008

Magellan Maestro 5310 Debuts Entry Level 5-Inch Biggie

Magellan has announced their large screen line for CES, a 5 inch screen base entry unit that packs a lot into its thin unit with their AAA TourBook information, 6 million Points of Interest, and it pairs with a desktop companion that allows people to manage their maps and other information at their desktop.

Magellan is targeting babyboomers who may want (need?) a larger screen and help navigating their way across town or across country in the big ol' Winnie. The Maestro 5310 will be available in Q2 for $699.

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October 4, 2007

Via Michelin X-970 in US


Via Michelin announced that its ViaMichelin Navigation X-970 portable GPS is now available in North America. The X-970 is the first such device to be integrated with exclusive Michelin content. The unit can be hooked up to the computer and you are able to download Michelin content from the Michelin website to the device. So information about your travel plans car be sent to the unit after working them up on the website. The X-970 is a 3.5-inch widescreen unit that is also Bluetooth handsfree capable.

They also have the Via Michelin X-930 in the US; see my Via Michelin X-930 Full Review.

Via Engadget

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July 30, 2007

New Magellan Handhelds on their Way?

Rich over at GPSTracklog is reporting that Magellan may just have a new handheld on the way which would be announced at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer show that is happening August 7 & 8 near Ogden, UT. It would not be a surprise to me or nearly anyone that they would be upgrading their eXplorist line and from what Rich tells us, it sounds like they are planning a big intro.

Let's hope that they don't just match the Garmin line of excellent handhelds which have been steadily improving over the years and chewing up market share in the process. The features to beat right now are on the DeLorme PN-20 handheld with color satellite imagery capability. Cool.

More at GPS Tracklog

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April 1, 2007

Via Michelin X-930


The Via Michelin X-930 came to the US via Europe, where the Via Michelin business is a lot larger in a market that is more developed for GPS systems. The Via Michelin X-930 is a value model that has basic functions and basic features, at a very good price.


  • Read my Review of the Via Michelin X-930 (See also my announcement of the X-930 arrival for review)
  • Read PC Mag’s Review of the X-930

    More Information

  • Via Michelin’s US Website

    Related Stories

  • Via Michelin X-980 Launched in Europe
  • Via Michelin Gets FCC Approval for the X-980

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  • March 27, 2007

    Via Michelin X-930 Review


    -A Review by GPSLodge-

    I have been driving around with the Via Michelin X-930 for a several weeks now and it’s about time I got back and wrote a review up on this entry-level device. The Via Michelin X-930 is in expensive but has some impressive characteristics for that low price.

    " The Via Michelin X-930 is a decent first step in the US market, which I expect will not be their last."
    While the SiRF star III chipset is fairly common in GPS units these days, the Via Michelin goes beyond this with a very thin profile and light device (4.8 x 2.8 x 0.7 inches and weighs in at about 4.9 ounces) that has a fit and finish that is pretty good. It’s got a 3.5-inch screen in a widescreen format. The design is straight forward, refined beyond its entry-level status, and it slips easily into your pocket.

    After a couple of weeks behind the wheel, with the unit, I have to say that I never got lost, and the unit got me to where I was going with solid directions and good turn indications. The unit does not have text to speech capability, but few at this price point do.

    Update: Even more information on the Via Michelin X-930

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    February 12, 2007

    PC Mag Via Michelin X-930 Review


    Another review of the Via Michelin X-930 GPS has hit the internet, and I thought I would point it out for people to check out. The Via Michelin has gotten a lot of attention lately with it's low, low price, and its recognizable brand name. The unit comes equipped with a widescreen, pre-loaded maps of the US, and SiRF star III chipset for accuracy and strong satellite holding ability.

    Craig Ellison's review over at PC Mag is unfortunately not all that flattering: "Overall, I was sorely disappointed with the ViaMichelin X-930. Its menus were difficult to navigate and inefficiently laid out. For example, to find a list of the nearest gas stations from the map view takes a time-consuming ten screen taps. "

    I have the X-930 GPS in for review right now, and I'll be walking through its capabilities very soon. Stay tuned.

    ReadMore at PC Mag

    Available at Amazon for about $199. More information at Via Michelin

    Update: Even more information on the Via Michelin X-930

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    February 4, 2007

    Via Michelin X-930 Arrives for Review

    We are pleased to have the Via Michelin X-930 GPS in house for review, after a lot of readers asked about its performance and there seems to be a widely varying opinion of the unit out there. I thought that it would be good to get our hands on it to see for ourselves what the unit was truly like. The X-930 is Via Michelin's first step into the US market, and they entered over the holidays with a pretty good price online at J&R. With the continued low prices, we'll take a look at it with its value price in mind.

    The value end of the market is getting pretty full of brands you know and a whole bunch of brands you don't. This unit comes from Via Michelin, yes the tire company, that is also very much into travel help and travel guides. This philosophy of helping travelers is what's behind the launch of GPS systems for Via Michelin.

    Update: Even more information on the Via Michelin X-930

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    January 16, 2007

    Via Michelin X-930: $199 at Amazon


    So the Via Michelin X930 has come to the US in a big way. It showed up over the holidays at J&R music but is now shipping at Amazon. The unit is the first in what I expect to be many Via Michelin units hitting the US shores. The US market is growing fast for GPS systems, and there are still millions of people who don't have them, so it makes for a fertile market.

    The Via Michelin X930 is powered by the SiRF star III chipset, a 3.5 inch screen, and has the 48 continental US states pre-loaded. The one review up on Amazon rates it well, but a recent review of the Via Michelin X-930 from the UK is scathing. The issues were all in navigation, which may have to do with the UK implementation, or it may have to do with the underlying navigation engine. ZDNet (UK) has a better point of view in their review of the X930, giving it 4 of 5 stars. We'll see as more people in the US take a look at it.

    More at Amazon

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    January 14, 2007

    Via Michelin X930 Review


    Via Michelin is coming to the US with models in the wings showing up at the FCC, and the lower end Via Michelin X930 selling over the holidays for a low price. Don’t know how many were sold, but it sounds like this one has some troubles, at least with the European installation. The thin design is attractive, and so is the name; one recognized for quality. In a recent review that showed up at Pocket Link in the UK, things went horribly wrong for the reviewer. The unit couldn’t navigate to his home or his office…. Ouch!

    The unit seems impressive, thin, SiRF star III chipset, includes some Michelin guidebook information, etc.

    The comedy continues, with turn directions in the middle of the highway, and a confusing Points of Interest interface and you have a disaster.

    It’s worth a read. It’s easy to design a GPS, but it’s hard to design a good GPS. Proven again.

    Read Full Review at Pocket Lint

    Feb 7 Update: I have the Via Michelin X-930 in for review. I'll be posting my review in the in the next week or two.

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    December 6, 2006

    Via Michelin X930 GPS available in US


    So the Via Michelinn X-930 is coming to the US, as it is apparently done pretty well in Europe. The value play GPS system will get a passing grade on a lot of the basics, SiRF star III chipset, 3.5 inch touchscreen, NAVTEQ maps, on board battery, and a decent amount of Points of Interest (1.5 million). The unit has voice turn by turn directions, but not text to speech. Their line is considrable in Europe, where they offer a wide range of GPS options. We reported earlier this year that Via Michelin is looking at bringing in the higher end X-980T.

    It's available at J&R for under $300. I can't vouch for it, so, you'll need to check out other reviews or user comments.


    Update: Even more information on the Via Michelin X-930

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    September 21, 2006

    New GPS: Via Michelin X980T Launched in Europe

    Via-Michelin has released their new widescreen unit, the X-980T in Europe, signaling to me that they are starting the rollout of this unit, first in Europe, and now with their recent FCC approval, later in the US. It’s pretty high end with Bluetooth and widescreen, it will compete with the TomTom 910 and the Nuvi 660. One interesting feature that they are sporting that can only come with a widescreen GPS is the idea of a split screen. While navigating you can zoom to the next turn/intersection on the other part of the screen to give you an idea of what’s coming up. As most “T” branded units, this one comes with traffic alerts; most likely a paid service after a free trial program as is standard in the US.

    The price in France is set for 699 Euros, or about $850, which puts it well into the top tier of GPS units. Stay tuned for more on a US launch. Features after the jump...

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