Steve, thanks for the review. I've been using Qstarz BT Q818x almost on a daily bases for a number of months. I'm very happy with it, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one, if I needed one more GPS receiver.
It is worth mentioning that this unit can be used as a USB GPS receiver
, or as a Bluetooth GPS receiver
. Which ever suits you at the moment. Often times, people are unsure if they should buy a USB
or a Bluetooth
GPS unit. Well, if you buy Qstarz BT-Q818X, you have the luxury of testing both scenarios. Bluetooth does have its advantages, and so does USB.
Qstarz BT-Q818X can be set to refresh GPS position 1, 2, 3, 4, and up to 5 times per second. Some GPS software may not take advantage of this higher refresh rate, but some software does.
The battery life is fantastic. I remember when I first charged mine, it lasted over a week on that one charge. It can automatically go to sleep if it senses there is no Bluetooth connection, and it automatically wakes up on Bluetooth, too.
If used via USB, it requires no battery power as it takes the power it needs from the USB port. It even charges the internal battery while connected via USB.