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Review: Navman My Escape GPS

Written on December 6, 2011

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Navman has just released a GPS device to suit all kinds of drivers whether they’re driving a family sedan, 4WD, truck or towing a caravan or boat.

My Escape has a 5-inch touchscreen and is designed to stand up to the rigours of the open road with dustproof and vibration proof construction.

Also built into the device are maps of 4WD drive tracks for those drivers who want to head off road.  

 

Drivers of large vehicles know they can’t always follow the same route as regular vehicles so the Navman My Escape can plot their route based on the size of their ride.

With the Navman My Escape, drivers can enter their vehicle’s weight, length, width and weight before plotting their route.

The Navman My Escape can be used by drivers of various vehicle sizes

This way the path chosen by the device will take these factors into account so you won’t hit any low ceilings in a tunnel or on a bridge or directed down any narrow streets.

The Navman My Escape can also be paired with a rear reversing camera.

DESIGN

The Navman My Escape is not the lightest or thinnest GPS device on the market. That’s not to say it’s massive but it has a sturdy design to suit all types of vehicles and uses.

The 5-inch touchscreen is bright and clear and the simple menu system allows drivers to easily access the device’s features, enter addresses and search for points of interest.

Because it needs to be just as easy to use in a truck as it is in the family car the mount is larger than the ones you’ll find on regular GPS systems.

It attaches securely to the windscreen and can be easily positioned comfortably for the driver.

There’s also a USB port on the mount so it can also easily be charged while in use.

The Navman My Escape can take drivers off road with a selection of 4WD tracks and points of interest

PERFORMANCE

The Navman My Escape is packed with features which can all be accessed from the easy-to-navigate user interface.

The touchscreen, while big and easy to view, is not the most responsive we’ve used. We found we had to take our time typing in addresses so the system could keep up with us.

Being so used to typing fast on our smartphone’s screen, we had to put the brakes on when typing on the Navman.

But one thing which did help the process was the predictive input – for example is we wanted to go to Ultimo – the choice was already on the screen by the time we’d typed U and L.

It also disabled irrelevant letters on the keyboard as you type.

Another feature that allows users to avoid typing altogether is the voice input mode.

Drivers can tell the device they want to by starting with the suburb before being prompted for the street and then house number.

If your home address is programmed as “Home” you can just say “home” and you’re on your way.

It took a little while to get used to the voice inputs as there are a few seconds you need to wait after you’re prompted for the suburb or street name.

Once underway the Navman provided everything we needed including spoken street names, alerts for red light and fixed speed cameras, school zone alerts, speed limit alerts, live traffic updates and 3D junction views.

When driving at night the My Escape also switched to darker screen background to make it easier to read.

The Navman My Escape has a 5-inch touchscreen and an adjustable windscreen mount

FEATURES

If you drive a large vehicle, tow a boat or caravan or own a 4WD, then the My Escape will literally out you on the right track.

If you own a 4WD the device has a huge selection of off-road tracks with an additional 8000 points of interest like campsites, lookouts and fishing spots.

There’s also built-in travel guides from Lonely Planet so you won’t just find your way you’ll also learn a thing or two as well.

If you want to enjoy the drive there’s also the option of choosing the Scenic Route.

Drivers can also search Google or True Local using the My Escape to find more information about their surroundings.

The Navman My Escape can also double as a hands-free kit for your mobile thanks to the built-in Bluetooth.

VERDICT

If you like to hit the road in a larger vehicle then you can’t go past the Navman My Escape.

The confidence of knowing your plotted route has been set specifically for the size of your vehicle will be one less stress for the driver.

The device is a little on the pricey side at $599.

The touchscreen and voice input requires a little patience but isn’t a deal breaker with so many other useful features on board.

Navman My Escape

Price: $599

Three and a half stars (out of five)

Navman MY Escape

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