Following the herd, Packard Bell has come up with several 4.3in widescreen GPS models that offer a larger, clearer view of the way ahead.

The Compasseo 700 Series starts at £130 including VAT and will launch in the next couple of weeks.

There are three models in the 700 series – all except the entrylevel Compasseo 750 offer real-time traffic updates using the TrafficLive Plus service. Customers get a free lifetime subscription, so need never get stuck in a jam again.

Other features of the three-strong Packard Bell satellite navigation range include a media player that is able to play Mpeg4 video as well as pumping out MP3 and Windows Media Audio music tracks. A separate button on the Compasseo’s main screen provides access to stored Jpeg photos. Packard Bell says these extra features are designed to entertain passengers as you speed along the carriageway.

A claimed battery life of three hours ensures the device isn’t going to run out of juice while you stop off to see your nan, but seems less generous than some comparable satnav devices we've reviewed.

Additional maps for France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxuembourg, as well as other European destinations can be downloaded from the Packard Bell website.

Compasseo 700 Series satnav devices start at £130 including VAT for the 750 model.
See www.packardbell.co.uk

Packard Bell Compasseo 700 Series satnav

Packard Bell Compasseo 700 Series satnav devices come with real-time traffic monitoring for life