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Blaupunkt TravelPilot 700

Closer look at the Blaupunkt TravelPilot 700 design
Lets take a closer look at the design of the TravelPilot 700. This is a bit subjective, but personally I think this model has a very attractive design. Unlike some GPS units I've handled in the past, the Blaupunkt TravelPilot 700 doesn't look like a brick. It has a good-looking, compact, and streamlined design that suits the high price of the unit.

The front of the unit has a black glossy design with three buttons which are illuminated blue when the device is powered on. Left and right are the volume buttons, and in the middle is Blaupunkt's trademark: a large blue dot. The Blaupunkt Travelpilot 700 measures 123mm x 90mm x 17.5mm and weighs 243g.

The left side of the device has an input for the included TMC (Traffic Monitoring Control) antenna.

The bottom of the unit has lots of inputs. From left to right: microphone, headphone output, one of the two cut-outs for the car mounting system, a serial port for connecting the device to vehicle electronics or sound docking station, a USB port and AV in/out port for backup camera and other audio/video devices.

The right side has a socket for the power supply and a memory card slot that supports SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards of up to 8GB.

The top of the device houses the DVB-T antenna and a light sensor for automatic display brightness.

The back of the TravelPilot 700 has a leatherish black plastic design which looks pretty stylish. On the photo you can see the integrated 2 megapixel digicam, the battery compartment, two speakers, the somewhat hidden stylus, and two grommets that hide sockets for an external GPS antenna and an external DVB-T antenna.

Here's a closer look at the 2 megapixel digicam with autofocus. This camera is used for the video navigation feature of the device, but you can also use it to take photos or record videos. Additionally, the camera can be used to recognize traffic signs to get up-to-date information about the speed limit on the roads you're driving on. However, this function can only be activated if you're not using the video navigation mode. Apparently, the device doesn't have enough processing power to use both features at once.

A little black stylus slides out of the back of the unit.

The Blaupunkt TravelPilot 700 uses a 2200mAh li-ion battery. I didn't test it as the device is usually plugged into your car, but according to Blaupunkt the unit offers up to five hours of battery life.

And here's a look at the antenna which is used by the devices' integrated DVB-T digital TV tuner:

Added: January 25th 2009
Score: 8.75/10
Related Link: Blaupunkt
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