JVC has joined the sat-nav circus with the eAvinu KV-PX9 and given its competitors a big lump of video and music to chew on.
As well as guiding you home – it can map the whole of Europe in 2D aerial or 3D windscreen view – the new navigator also boasts 64MB RAM and 20GB storage, half of which is set aside for music, photos and movies.
You may be wondering whether being able to watch JPEG snaps and Windows Media videos when you’re on the road is such a good idea. Well, if you’d prefer to avoid such visual distractions, you can always switch to the eAvinu’s digital audio player and listen to MP3s and WMAs instead.
The entertainment platter isn’t just a gimmick to cover up a sketchy sat-nav, however - the eAvinu ticks all our navigation boxes. There’s a 3.5in screen, built-in GPS, full UK and European mapping and over one million POI (bars, restaurants, public toilets) to tempt you off the beaten track.
It’s a bit of an elephant, too - by which we mean it has a good memory. Depending on the quality of your digital files, it can hold either 2,000 songs, 55 hours of video or 6,500 picture files uploaded via USB and SD card.
The eAvinu KV-PX9 is due out in April. When we’re informed on the price, we’ll give you a shout.
JVC's site is over here.