Feeds
90%

TomTom GO 530 Traffic

Already tip-top TomTom gets tweaked

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

For storage of music and the like the 530 comes with 1GB of on-board flash memory, though only about ⅔ of that is free after the system takes its dues. An SD card slot allows you to expand on that and though TomTom's literature is silent on the subject it appears to be SDHC compatible, a 4GB SDHC card in the 530 showing up just fine on our PC desktop.

The 530 comes loaded with UK & Eire maps as well as all the usual TomTom bells and whistles including Bluetooth, TomTom Map Share, an FM transmitter and 3.5mm audio out jack so you can pipe the 530's audio via your car stereo and, in “Traffic” guise, RDS-TMC live traffic information. It will even read out your incoming texts if paired up to your phone.

TomTom GO 530 Traffic satnav

The day/night sensor is a little over-sensitive

TomTom claim five hours of continuous use if you find yourselves without you car charger, but that is either a typo or they are assuming you will set the device to switch the screen off between directions - the best we managed was about two hours thirty. On the upside, the QuickGPSfix system never took more than a few seconds to lock onto a satellite signal.

One final note. At the time of writing you can get the still perfectly usable GO 520 Traffic for around the £180 mark, a good £70 less than the best price we found the 530 for and a whole £100 less than TomTom want.

Verdict

The GO 530 is a fine update of the GO 520 rather than a new product per se, but is nevertheless an efficient, reliable and clever navigation device. Not cheap, but the quality build, USB desk stand and excellent screen mount go some way to justifying the premium price.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

90%

TomTom GO 530 Traffic

An already good TomTom product has just got slightly better, but also rather more expensive
Price: £279 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
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?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.