Black and shiny with a bright, 4.3in, 480x272-pixel widescreen, the Medion is a desirable piece of kit - store it well away from thieving hands.

Attaching to your windscreen via a simple cradle, the PNA 645 comes with a 1GB MMC (multimedia card) preloaded with Navteq maps of the UK and Ireland, plus a few pockets of mainland Europe. You also get a Berlitz guide to 50 major European cities. You can buy seamless mapping of Europe on a 2GB MMC for a further £80.

The maps are accurate, detailed and easy to view, and you can navigate using arrow, 2D or 3D displays. There are 45 categories of points of interest, including petrol stations, restaurants and McDonalds, so all kinds or refuelling are covered. The Medion had no trouble guiding us through the constantly shifting one-way systems of east London, and since this is Medion's top-of-the-range model, you get a traffic-management feature with no subscription costs. Built-in static speed camera alerts will soothe the Toad of Toad Hall within.

On the move the Medion works well. Its touchscreen is simple to navigate using the provided stylus. Directions are given in plenty of time and, should you go wrong, another route is quickly calculated, with no tears or tantrums. Your relationship with the husky-voiced Medion will remain intact.

Extras include an MP3 player and a photo viewer.

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Medion GoPal PNA 465: Specs

  • Maps: Navteq, UK and Ireland, western Europe, Berlitz City Guide
  • free traffic updates, free speed-camera alerts
  • 4.3in, 480x272 screen
  • Rerouting, no toll roads, fast route, motorway route, full postcode search, car/motorbike/cycle/pedestrian modes
  • 3.5-hour battery life, USB charger, AC adaptor, in-car adaptor
  • 130x90x20mm, 200g
  • Touchscreen, stylus, car cradle, FM aerial adaptor for traffic updates, POIs, 2D/3D/arrow modes, MP3 player, photo viewer
  • Maps: Navteq, UK and Ireland, western Europe, Berlitz City Guide
  • free traffic updates, free speed-camera alerts
  • 4.3in, 480x272 screen
  • Rerouting, no toll roads, fast route, motorway route, full postcode search, car/motorbike/cycle/pedestrian modes
  • 3.5-hour battery life, USB charger, AC adaptor, in-car adaptor
  • 130x90x20mm, 200g
  • Touchscreen, stylus, car cradle, FM aerial adaptor for traffic updates, POIs, 2D/3D/arrow modes, MP3 player, photo viewer

OUR VERDICT

Sleek, slick and simple to use - but it ain't cheap.

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