Tchibo, probably best-known as a concession in various supermarket chains, is releasing a full-featured satellite navigation system next month. Aimed at the first-time buyer, it will sell for a reasonable-sounding £179.
The unit (which annoyingly, doesn’t have a model name) features a 2.8-inch touchscreen TFT display, pre-loaded maps, 256MB memory (upgradable to 1GB) and an integrated SD/MMC card reader. It has 2D mapping, with routes automatically calculated from door to door by choice of fastest or shortest. There’s also the usual points of interest (petrol stations, hotels etc) marked along the way.
It comes with a car cradle with suction pad, 12V adaptor for car cigarette lighter , USB cable and the 4X AA batteries it needs for power. Not the best on the market, but worth a look if you’re on a budget. It’s available from October 25th for a limited time.