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Is Garmin GPS 18 w/included GPS software good enough for my Asus Eee PC 1000?
Tanker
Great forum guys. Just got an EEE PC 1000HA with XP Home and was thinking of getting a Garmin GPS 18. I was looking at a refurb. at GPSCITY with the software included but they're OOS. Is this a good choice? Is there any other seller that might have the refurbs in stock? Also, is it better to get a Bluetooth dongle and get the BT version?
tcassidy
Others who have purchased this package say it includes eligibility to the latest Garmin maps. The GPS18 is well suited to an outdoor location however it is an older technology. Other navigation programs offer a USB GPS with their software at a competitive or better price.

There is a discussion about Bluetooth already in progress here:

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/1439-gps-receiver-should-i-use-usb-bluetooth

Terry
Tanker
Thanks. Do you know what the other, newer tech. USB units are or could you point me in their direction? I guess the BT is a matter of preference but I should decide before I buy.
tcassidy
Presently Microsoft Streets & Trips is available with a Pharos GPS500, Delorme Street Atlas can include the LT-40 and Garmin Mobile PC can be packaged with an GPS 20x. These are all based on a version of the SirfStar III chipset.

If you want to buy a USB GPS separately the GlobalSat BU-353 (SirfStar III) is highly recommended. Garmin also offers the GPS18x (probably SirfStar III) but it is a little pricey and specific to Garmin software). Both of these units are waterproof and magnetic so are suitable for a permanent location in the weather.

The newer MTK chipset which may be slightly more sensitive appears to be available only in Bluetooth units.

Any SirfStar III or MTK based GPS with a reasonable antenna size will be suitable in virually all situations. Look for one that meets your placement and price requirements.

Terry
dtong22
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Originally Posted by Tanker
Great forum guys. Just got an EEE PC 1000HA with XP Home and was thinking of getting a Garmin GPS 18. I was looking at a refurb. at GPSCITY with the software included but they're OOS. Is this a good choice? Is there any other seller that might have the refurbs in stock? Also, is it better to get a Bluetooth dongle and get the BT version?
There are quite a few misinfo' you have said above.
It is new not refurbished at Can$69 at gpscity.ca which is what I have with my Aspire One.
The map that comes with it is outdated but you are entitled to one update to CNNA2009.
The package includes the USB gps and the 2008. Make sure when you do the mail order, you also order the same time CNNA 2009 at zero cost. That way you save mailing cost.
I did not do that and had to drive 20 Km to a local Toronto dealer (radioworld.ca) to pick up the free update. You may search my earlier posts.
It is funny but you would need to install the 2008 , get it registered before you can load up 2009 map.
Unless if you are driving in NYC, you be ok with the less updated gps chipset. The map is of the top rate

Dan
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