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||Posted - 15 mai 2008 : 01:08:15
TESTING - DELUO NAVSTICK GPS
SiRFstarIII - USB Key Format
Product page on the Deluo site : >> LINK <<
The Eee PC is so portable that it makes an ideal laptop GPS platform - see my review of the Eee PC running iGuidance. However, I found the Deluo Mouse GPS less than ideal as it couldn't be both a mouse and a GPS at the same time. Likewise, the GlobalSat USB GPS was a bit confining as the highly portable Eee PC was tethered to a long USB cable.
Enter the Deluo NavStick GPS, the ideal Eee PC companion.
Here you see the NavStick GPS attached to the right side of my Eee PC. Nothing could be simpler. Here is a shot of it while the Eee is closed and in standby mode (the NavStick remains powered in this mode)
The NavStick is a SiRF III unit. It comes with an extension USB cable so you could put it on your dasboard, or by a window, if needed. Also included, on a CD, are two utilities. The first is Deluo's GPS Toolkit:
It allows you to set the baud rate, auto configure MS Streets & Trips, and auto start S&T upon the NavStick's insertion. Very convenient.
The second is Deluo's GPS Diagnostics. Here is a picture of the screen.
This is like the software that many of us used on our Pocket PCs and it is nice to see it available for the laptop. One nice thing is that it allows you to record a track. I deleted my previous drivers for the Mouse GPS to see how the driver install went, and it worked just fine. Regarding satellite acquisition, the NavStick performed about the same as the GlobalSat USB unit, with maybe one less satellite generally acquired. Perfectly acceptable.
For me, the NavStick is the way to use my Eee PC if I am going to run a navigation program. A really clever laptop solution from Deluo.
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||Posted - 26 oct. 2008 : 19:05:29
whoa guys!!! i thought i am gonna start a thread about the amazing asus eeepc because i saw this:
and said wow i can have that.. but i love bigger screens and i saw this!:
that totally sold me to asus eeepc... good bye to my gps! thanks to miopocket i can play PC games and go to internet.. but i cant watch TV!!
and i just imagine myself driving with asus eeepc with tv tuner and gps and i am in heaven!!!
i will definitely buy asus eeepc with tv tuner and gps !! that's my ultimate gadget!! wow!
any one wants a navigon 2100 and mio 220?!!
||Posted - 18 mai 2008 : 14:47:52
Right, and no topic hijacking please, not to mention ignoring the post just above yours...if you want to discuss another GPS just start a new thread.
@ve7mdt - I fixed the link in the first message, price appears to be $70, which isn't cheap by today's standards.
||Posted - 18 mai 2008 : 12:08:42
This device is not the first USB GPS by a country mile. Progin introduced a USB GPS http://www.progin.com.tw/sug-226_en.htm approximately 3 years ago, which to me is more versatile than the Deluo because it has a hinge suited for use with PDAs. thegpsstick is another unit more in line with the Deluo but again has been around for a year or more.
||Posted - 18 mai 2008 : 02:43:32
I had the Microsoft Pharos (360) model and I think the difference is that the Pharos has a proprietary connector, and then you can buy their accessories to make it CF, BT, serial, in additional to USB (which is the Microsoft package).
This one is strictly USB, however, but w/ its own USB male connector, you don't need to have a wire or a lead. What would be nice is if it can fold at the connector, in 2 degree of freedom, so that you can use it w/ UMPC, tablet, etc, otherwise the orientation of the antenna would be less than ideal.
I hate USB protruding out on a mobile device, and I worry about knocking it against something hard and damage not just the dongle, but worse, the inner socket and / or PCB inside the laptop / tablet / UMPC and then it is very bad!
I recently bought a bluetooth dongle that doesn't come out much (Semsons sells the same thing, but mine is bought from Asia in a diff. brand). Excellent for laptops w/o bluetooth. It comes out only about 5mm or so.
Another way of dealing with diff. orientation is to use velcro to stick it to where you want it, and then use a thin retractable USB ext. cord.
Anyway, how much is this thing?
||Posted - 15 mai 2008 : 18:01:37
That's the price you pay for convenience.
||Posted - 15 mai 2008 : 13:59:02
No, the extension cable is just a standard USB extension cable. A roll-up type would have been nice!
The Deluo people got in touch and told me that the slight decrease in sensitivity is due to the form factor. The NavStick has an 18x18mm patch antenna, as opposed to the standard 25x25mm antenna found on most external units. Interesting.
||Posted - 15 mai 2008 : 12:41:55
Actually Microsoft/Pharos was the first one (a couple of years ago) to come up with this idea - but some users said the implementation was flimsy, and easy to break.
This Deluo unit looks like something I wouldn't mind paying for, though.
||Posted - 15 mai 2008 : 12:00:52
Very interesting, thanks for sharing, actually I think it's the first time someone comes up with a GPS receiver in a USB stick ?
My only concern would be bumping it into something by accident and tearing off the USB connectors, but for such situation the extension cable could be used, is it of the "rolling" type like their "mouse GPS" ?
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