Nextar bundles new GPS
Dual offers cool motorized display
Two desirable gadgets in one: We at CARgo are no different than the average consumer. If a company bundles in more, then we’re hooked. GPS maker Nextar seems to understand this algorithm and manages to combine two hot technologies in its I4-BC Navigation System with Backup Camera. This device features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, voice-guided directions with turn-byturn prompts, built-in maps of Canada and the United States, 1.6 million points of interest and an MP3 player.
The impressive draw here is the built-in backup camera that provides a clear rear view when backing up the car.
Yes, it is iPod compatible and features both a speaker and the ability to transmit music wirelessly to your car stereo, but none of these features are particularly innovative to a GPS product. Unique, though, is the backup camera. This is what I call killing two birds with one stone and I expect Nextar’s competitors to follow suit by releasing their own versions of this two-bird killer in no time.
US$260; visit www.nextar.com. Dual’s on a roll Fresh off the release of the double- DIN dynamo XDVD8190, Dual AV returns to the single-DIN well with its featurerich, price- friendly XHD7720, which utilizes HD Radio to innovative means.
Aside from having one of the coolest motorized displays ever, the ability to read all audio formats on CD and a front-panel USB slot that can interconnect with the iPod, this puppy features an innovative tagging technology whereby iPod users listening to HD Radio can press a button to tag a song they like for later automatic downloading from iTunes to the iPod.
Of course, use of this feature would seem to require the perfect storm of a connected iPod combined with being tuned into the right HD station and the consumer not being inclined to procure a desired song through less than legal means!
$180; visit www.dualav.com. Turn your drive into Apollo 11 Kenwood’s mega- tech Excelon DNX8120 Navigation Receiver is so feature-rich it lends itself to the longest run-on sentence I have ever featured in this space: the DNX8120 arrives with an indash DVD player, built-in memory including maps of Canada and the United States, more than six million points of interest, built- in Bluetooth, a wireless remote, the capability to play every audio and video format imaginable, dual-zone control, a 6.95-inch touchscreen, a 13band equalizer, text- to- speech voice prompts and two USB inputs for flash cards and MP3 players, which all fit in a dashboard opening just four inches tall ( the so- called “ doubleDIN).”
$1,600; visit www.kenwood.com.