Sat navs are plentiful and oh-so-similar that here at Stuff HQ we were beginning to get a teensy bit bored of them - until the lovely people at ViaMichelin came along and let us have a preview of their latest offering, the Navigation X-950T.
It has three main features that make it stand out from the sea of other sat navs out there.
Firstly, this lightweight, pocket-sized navigator isn’t just confined to your car’s dashboard. It’s portable and can be used to direct you while you’re travelling on foot, with its battery lasting between three and five hours depending how you use it. So you can take it out and about with you as you roam the streets in search of the nearest restaurant.
We mention restaurants, because the X-950T exclusively features the Michelin Guide and Michelin Green Guide. This not only shows you the nearest restaurants and tourist spots in the area of your choice, but gives Michelin’s recommendations and star ratings, along with detailed information like addresses, facilities and descriptions. So you can find out what kind of food they serve, what credit cards they accept and whether dogs are allowed; all before you get anywhere near the door.
Last up, there’s TMC, meaning the cost of traffic updates is included in the price of the navigator when you buy it - so you don’t have to pay for any additional subscriptions like you do with some rivals. The traffic information option provides real-time traffic updates to help you avoid bad traffic, and there’s a route recalculation feature which automatically redirects you if you’re about get stuck in a jam.
The X-950T lands in shops at the end of the month, priced £300 for country the UK & Ireland version, and £400 for the full European maps version.