In this post-TomTom world it’s no longer acceptable for sat-navs to just give you directions – they must serenade us with Jack Johnson as we drive, and display our holiday snaps. This Cyberdrive does all this and throws in one more bonus – it costs less than £200.
The NMD 35 touts its multimedia features with particular pride – it can play MP4 movies using the supplied conversion software, boom out MP3 or WAV music files, and display JPEG photos.
Apart from this entertainment gloss it’s decidedly average, with a 3.5in touch-screen, pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps for the UK and Northern Ireland and basic accessories like a windscreen dock and car charger.
You’ll need to fork out extra for a TMC module, although extra European maps are available, as is an external GPS antenna to improve reception.
We can forgive the NMD 35 for its lack of high-end extras, though, as it’s likely to have a price tag below the £200 mark when it’s launched this winter, putting it firmly in the bargain territory inhabited by companies like Mio. We can hear penny-pinchers clearing their dashboards already.