We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
GPS & satnav Reviews
15,670 Reviews PC Advisor Gold Award

V7 PMD 1400

£115 inc VAT

Manufacturer: V7

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

If we needed proof that Packard Bell's Compasseo 500 couldn't cut the mustard, V7's PMD 1400 has proved its ultimate source of shame. With a similarly cheap tag, this is the perfect example of what we might call a bargain.

If we needed proof that Packard Bell's Compasseo 500 couldn't cut the mustard, V7's PMD 1400 has proved its ultimate source of shame. With a similarly cheap tag, this is the perfect example of what we might call a bargain.

Indeed, the V7 laughs at the Compasseo's paltry MP3 player and photo viewer, adding Mpeg4 video and games to its multimedia portfolio. It might not have the Bluetooth, traffic updates or speed camera warnings you'd expect from more expensive models, but this device doesn't skimp on software. Indeed, it squeezes MyGuide maps covering Western Europe on to its 1GB SD card, plus a selection of help guides. We can't fault the 1400's robust casing. Both models feature 3.5in touchscreens - this one works. Chunky fingers can use the stylus, but will appreciate the ability to increase button size.

We were touched by V7's regard for our safety, cautiously locking the screen on the move to prevent distraction. With controls for adjusting the backlight, plus the ability to zoom and tilt the screen, it won't leave you in the dark. And if you're worried about power - note the inclusion of a mains charger - you can switch off the backlight.

Backing up and customisation options are major attractions, while the ability to alter speed tolerance and lose the monotone guidance are welcome. Change the sensitivity of route recalculation and choose between fastest, shortest and most economical routes, using a variety of vehicle and pedestrian modes.

You can choose how much detail is displayed, preview a route and search by postcode - even by coordinates. Plus you can stop mid-route to plan a detour, or to avoid using certain roads. POIs (points of interest) on the map are impressive - if you're still avoiding Tesco petrol, for example, search for Esso instead.

V7 PMD 1400 Expert Verdict »
Samsung 400Mhz processor
SiRF StarIII
MyGuide Western Europe maps
64MB SDRAM
3.5in TFT LCD
SD/MMC
MP3 player
photo and video viewer
four games
2-hour life
car/mains charger
mount
stylus
2-year warranty
110x75x20mm
145g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 10 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

If you've no need for fancy speed camera warnings, and are happy to settle for old-fashioned radio traffic updates, this inexpensive satnav is top of our list.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Acer v200 Travel Companion satellite navigation device

    Acer v200 Travel Companion satellite navigation device

    When a product does exactly what it says on the tin, and actually does it well, it's a feat worthy of celebration. But today's consumer is always looking for that little bit more.

  • Packard Bell Compasseo 500

    Packard Bell Compasseo 500

    When a navigation device that's available for just £110 landed on PC Advisor's review desk, we weren't expecting a lot. And not a lot is exactly what we got.

  • Tom Tom ONE Europe

    Tom Tom ONE Europe

    With tiny dimensions and the smallest windscreen mount we've seen, the Tom Tom is perfect for modest navigators' pockets. But it could do with either losing a few pounds (Sterling) or beefing up its features to justify its hefty price tag.

  • Mio H610 GPS unit with audio and video

    Mio H610 GPS unit with audio and video

    As well as packing in an impressive selection of features (you can also store contacts and play games on it), it has a built-in speaker and, even at high volume, the output was good. Mio’s supplied earphones, on the other hand, make bassier tracks sounded tinny.

  • Garmin Nuvi 680 GPS/satnav

    Garmin Nuvi 680 GPS/satnav

    Our review of the Garmin Nuvi 680 finds it to be a highly capable, but quite costly, GPS device. Still, it's worth a look.


IDG UK Sites

Amazon Kindle Voyage release date, price and specs UK: a high-end eReader with Amazon’s best-ever...

IDG UK Sites

Why local multiplayer gaming is rapidly vanishing: we look at the demise of split-screen and LAN...

IDG UK Sites

How to successfully bridge the gap between clients and creatives

IDG UK Sites

How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8: including how to install iOS 8 if you don't have room