Gadget of the Day – Harman Kardon Guide + Play

We’ve all experienced it: long car journeys with nothing but a bag of travel sweets for company and local radio babbling on about whichever oxyg

We’ve all experienced it: long car journeys with nothing but a bag of travel sweets for company and local radio babbling on about whichever oxygen thief has just been evicted from Big Brother. It’s hell.But mounting itself on your dash and eliminating car-based boredom forever could be Harman Kardon’s Guide + Play, with maps of Europe for guiding and a 4in, 480x272 touchscreen for entertaining.Full Windows Media Player compatibility should make filling its SD card with MP3s, WMAs and MPEG-4 video a breeze and it’ll ensure that important directions are loud enough to be heard over the top of your tunes. It also gets TMC to help you kick out the traffic jams that plague a road trip. Should things get a bit Michael Douglas in Falling Down, a 5-hour battery life and headphone jack mean you can even take it with you and stay entertained on that long walk home.Essentials Harman Kardon Guide + Play GPS500 Price: £345 On sale: Now Contact: Harman Kardon Related stories: New Road Angel gets direct line to traffic gods Garmin’s new Nuvis go wideNew TomToms redraw the map