Merian Scout P_Navigator (Update)

A pain is the other Freud: who have has, with how much enthusiasm the Munich iPublish team his Merian Scout Navigator has introduced in the market, which can reasonably imagine with what pain it has lowered the price once 799 euros only 399 euros.

  1. Merian Scout P_Navigator (update)
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

Or pleasure prevails more likely to be able to offer the product due to more favourable production conditions of now but still a wider mass?

Anyway – the customers can look forward to, because the device impressed at the last test due to its unique form: so far only Navi system, the Merian Scout P_Navigator has a really full electronic tourist guide on board, not only 1.5 million POIs across Europe knows, but contains include editorial texts, photos, audio plays and recommendations of the in-house magazines gourmet and Merian.

It passes a landmark, register the device with a jingle and offered to play the corresponding sound piece. In addition a clever and powerful search feature that makes it easy to find the next target.

Pièce de résistance: the capacitive touchscreen

The hardware also underlines the high quality of the device. Pièce de resistance is the capacitive touch screen that allows operation through laying on of the finger like the iPhone from Apple. All while acts through the slightly lumpy shape and the large body depth not more so really elegant, but skillfully – and the bright blue ring around the device is a show for themselves anyway.

More recently now there is a completely revised operating software for the device, which will grant the last ounce of doubt out of the way. So the meaning of the icons at the bottom of the screen so far not always on right off the bat was visible and the Navigation Department of the functions limited rather to the essence as a full-range supplier.

Newly designed icons

This cleans up the new software: the redesigned icons have got little explanation texts, for the guidance, there are additional features like a lane and many little things have been equalized in the menus.

Since the screen with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with a size of 3.7 inches to the high-resolution, these changes are particularly well.

En route, the navigator initially impressed with his speech that loud and clear sounds thanks to excellent speakers – a side-effect of design optimized for playback of audio plays. The additional information in the guidance do well also the Navigator, the map display is quite managed.

Criticism have we yet: the GPS reception of our test device was not sure the map scrolls not very liquid and the vehicle’s position was always something behind the real.

The navigation has improved while no doubt, the device feels most comfortable but its original determination: the prompts and searching for sights, hotels and restaurants.

Data sheet

Facilities
Navigation
The read setting monitor contrast / angle /
Alternative route / manual storage function /
Show current street name / next /
Display distance / time to destination /
dynamic navigation TMC / TMC Pro / GSM / /
Color display / diagonal screen size (inch) / 3.8
Map / 3D /
Crossing / auto zoom /
Representation of the arrow / map can /
Route choice short / fast /
Route exclusion toll roads / ferries /
Speed dial / configurable /
Additional cards available
Number of special target groups 45
Travel guide function / include / Yes with lyrics
Custom POIs / POI warning function can be used /
Track info text & map /
Destination input house number / intersection / postal code / /
Destination entry POI location / destination /
Destination entry milestones
Destination entry letter suppression / selection /
Destination input map / coordinates /
Destination entry last destinations (more than one)
Target store editable
Hardware
Interfaces GPS-Ant. Audio
Total storage / memory space (MB) SD internally 4000
Entertainment
Connectivity accessories
Audio sound control / DSP /
CC / CD / MP3 / /
DVD-video / DAB / DVB-T / /
Email / SMS functionality /
GSM connection possible / integrated /
Telematics features analog / digital /
Image / video Viewer / camera / /

Rating

Test results
Equipment Cap 100 good (75)
Navigation 70 70
Communication 20 0
Entertainment 10 5
Handhabungmax. 150 very good (134)
Operation 60 59
Destination entry 60 57
System speed 20 18
Voice control 10 0
Guidance up to 150 very good (130)
acoustic guidance 50 47
optical guidance 75 64
Positioning accuracy 25 19
Route calculation MAX 100 very good (86)
Overland 30 30
City 30 27
dynamically 40 29
JUDGMENT Max 500 425 very good
Price / performance sufficient
tested in issue: NC4 / 08