Friday, July 15, 2005
Slim is In: The Holux GPSlim 236 Reviewed
Posted by Steve Sharp in "HARDWARE" @ 09:00 AM
Product Category: Hardware
Manufacturer: Holux Technology Inc.
Where to Buy: Practical Solutions
Price: $159.95 USD
System Requirements: Works with any Pocket PC running Pocket PC 2002 or 2003, and that has Bluetooth modem capability, 10 Megabytes of hard drive space on a desktop computer, and 110 kilobytes of storage space on the Pocket PC for Holux GPS Command software and the software can be installed to expansion memory.
- This GPS unit is one of the smallest that is currently on the market;
- Has built-in support of Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS);
- The fully-charged battery will last for ten hours;
- The unit utilizes the SiRF Star III chipset technology;
- The included Holux GPS Command software provides heading and velocity information;
- The unit easily and quickly pairs with the Pocket PC’s Bluetooth radio.
- There is no hard copy of the user manual included with the unit (although there is one in .pdf format on the CD);
- Although the unit supports flash upgrades, and connectivity to a desktop or laptop, but the cable must be purchased separately;
- The flashing lights of the Bluetooth and satellite lock indicators on the unit are annoying and distracting in a darkened environment (such as in a car at night).
- An external antenna is supported, but it must be purchased separately.
The Holux GPSlim 236 is an incredibly small GPS unit that is accurate, easy to use, and fits nicely into a shirt or pants pocket, or can be mounted virtually anywhere. Whether you’re a private pilot, a cyclist, a boater, or just a directionally challenged bonehead, as I am, the Holux GPSlim 236 can provide the performance and accuracy necessary to provide the real-time navigational data that you need.
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