Feeds
80%

Route 66 Mini Regional

Bargain

Boost IT visibility and business value

One sign of the unit's modest price is an occasional delay in the system finding itself on start-up. It's nothing extreme, but on some occasions we were good mile or two down the road before the Mini got its navigational act together.

Away from core navigational tools the Mini comes with Bluetooth for hands-free phone use, and a picture viewer.

Route 66 Mini regional sat-nav

The best way to use it is often to detach it and type with it in hand

Being a budget model you don't get a whole let of extras with the Mini. The UK-only maps are stored on a 1GB SD card, so any pan-European jaunts you may have planned will involve buying more maps and copying them onto a memory card.

Maps for other countries will set you back around €50 (£38) though you can buy regional ones for €10 (£7.60). A year's worth of UK speed camera data will set you back another €10, ditto 12 months' of global weather information or a year's worth of live traffic information. Speed limit warnings do not appear to be an option.

The Mini does, however, have the locations of what seems to be a decent number of petrol stations, hotels, eateries, banks and the like pre-loaded, and you can download some free Lonely Planet guides. You can also choose between a male or female guide voice and select from half a dozen map colour schemes.

Verdict

The odd glitch aside, Route 66's Mini offers excellent value for money. The maps and mapping may not be the best around, but the voice prompts are really rather excellent and help to make it less obvious that you're using the Pound Stretcher of satnavs.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

80%

Route 66 Mini Regional

Cheap, cheerful, effective. For the price you can't really go far wrong...
Price: £90 RRP

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company
Ten points of stuff out of a five pound bag
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE
But they'd lose a deathmatch against the coming Humvee-sized, armoured Arctic ones
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?