Becker Z101 Europe 4.3" Widescreen SatNav with TMC - £97.98 + £10 Gift Voucher @ Halfords - HotUKDeals
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I have been looking for a cheap Sat Nav with lane assist and turn previewing and came across this Becker unit online for £97.89 with a £10 gift voucher. It looks great, has quite favourable reviews (from the few ive read) has full European maps, lane assist, turn previewing (which I know Tomtom had from day one) and TMC. From what Ive read TMC is no where near as good as Traffic Master but you normally have to pay for a TMC aerial for other basic Sat Navs so its good that its in there for free. It says on the blurb that TMC auto route diversion is only available in some European Cities (not uk) The mapping is done by Navteq which is the one used by Garmin so that's reassuring (to me anyway as im replacing this unit from a Nuvi) I also think this unit is hackable as it runs WINCE5 so you should be able to run Mp3/Movie players and other CE apps.

Another freebie from out of the box is a Years free Speed camera updates! Yeah they probably won't be as good as the Pocket GPS database but it only has to save you once to stop you from getting from at least 3 points and a £60 fine.

This is the basic info from the main page:

Better than half price!

In store was prices £299.99, £149.99, £119.99

The Becker Traffic Assist Z101 Sat Nav combines leading-edge navigational capabilities with exceptionally user-friendly menu prompts, making it an excellent entry-level device. Equipped with maps for 40 European countries, points-of-interest data, SiRf InstantFix II, TMC, as well as individually selectable route options and profiles, the Becker Traffic Assist Z101 offers decisively first-class navigation.

features and benefits

* 4.3" wide touch screen display
* Pre loaded UK , Ireland and European street level mapping for 40** European countries.
* Avoid traffic jams - free traffic updates and re-routing with RDS TMC in certain European countries***
* Lane guidance - makes difficult junctions easier to navigate
* Sirf Instant Fix II for faster satellite lock on
* Active cradle mount

What is in the box

* Becker Z101 Sat Nav
* DVD with Maps
* Owners manual
* USB Cable
* Windscreen mount
* Active cradle mount
* 12/24V Car charger
* TMC antenna
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#1
Can a Moderator please add you get £10 Halfords Voucher? in the main title as it seems to have been cut off when posting.

Also even though TMC in the UK doesn't support route avoidance you still get FM broadcasts which warn you of Traffic problems (providing you can get a Signal as it depends how far away from the sub carrier broadcast you are)
#2
Good price, becker navs work really well but sometime the menu can be a little tricky, had mine for 2 yrs & paid a lot more than £97 quid
Much better than most in this price range
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Julan
Good price, becker navs work really well but sometime the menu can be a little tricky, had mine for 2 yrs & paid a lot more than £97 quid
Much better than most in this price range


Coming from a Garmin Nuvi it was pretty easy to navigate the menu's and in some cases it was easier. Ive had the chance to do a side by side comparison with a Nuvi 610 using the same maps and have found a few things out.

Signal lock almost identical to the Garmin.
Becker shows a 2mph difference in speed compared to the Garmin (which one is right?)
Free roam navigating on the becker also shows speed AND altitude (why altitude?)
Display isnt as colourful on the Becker compared to the Garmin but its a higher resolution.
Out of the box the Becker displays loads of different points of interest and at first it was quite distracting because I kept noticing things I didn't know was there (Its good though, don't get me wrong)
No automatic switching to night time view on the Becker compared to the Garmin but its only 2 presses of the screen to activate it.

One nice feature of the night time display on the Becker is having a partial horizon as its not tilted as far as the Garmin so you get a thin line of sky which has stars and the edge of the moon.

Any other questions on this unit I would be happy to answer but so far its all good :thumbsup:

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