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Ken in Regina
Pretty much the experience I recall.

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tcassidy
I did a quick test on my HP Pavilion X360 as it doesn't have a GNSS or Cell card. Unfortunately I also don't have any mapping software on it either.

Plugged in with no cable and sitting on my lap in the house, the uBlox indicated a signal within a minute and GPS Gate monitoring the Windows Location API showed a lock within 3 minutes.



Terry
tcassidy
I forgot I do have GMPC on that computer. Here is what it sees from the uBlox via GPS Gate.



Terry
Ken in Regina
I really have to try to get the software-only version working again. Garmin was really close with Mobile PC. Too bad it turned out to be just another one of their abandoned experiments.

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tcassidy
The problem is finding a sensor only program that is as satisfying as GMPC. I guess if I did more travelling these days I might find out I could be wowed.

Terry
GoneNomad
The GlobalSat GPS receivers are designed to be mounted outside, have an IP water resistance rating, and also have a magnetic base, all of which costs more than a simple USB stick.

The Win10 version may be a limited production item for them at this point, which could explain the spotty availability and the relatively high price. But the BU353-S4 was not too far from $50 when it first came out (the BU353-S3 was around $30 at that time), but is down to ~ $30 now.

I paid something like $70 for a bulkhead (through-hole) mount MR-350-S4-5Hz GlobalSat receiver (with the USB adapter cable) a while back. That was actually a relative bargain, and is another example of a niche item with a price premium.

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Originally Posted by Boyd
I have the old uBlox GPS that looks like an oversized USB flash drive, it was included with whatever version of Streets and Trips I bought ~10 years ago. That is - hands down - the worst GPS receiver I have ever owned...
The receiver bundled with S&T may have been an older receiver than the U-Blox 7, which itself is older than what's in this GlobalSat receiver: it's listed as M8M, and it receives GLONASS signals as well as GPS.



Boyd
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
Garmin was really close with Mobile PC. Too bad it turned out to be just another one of their abandoned experiments.
I really liked it. But its time is long past. I don't think it makes any sense to use a full-blown computer as a GPS device. It's massive overkill for something that can be done very well by a tablet or dedicated device. Still very happy with my Garmin DriveTrack 71 and its beautiful 7" screen, compatible with all the maps I make. Just a simple "appliance" that turns on and off with the car ignition.



http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/31309/the-drivetrack-71-garmin-s-coolest-model-you-ve-never-heard-of
Ken in Regina
No argument about the convenience of a dedicated unit. I have an older Nuvi in the van and use a Montana on my motorcycle. I just ordered a Zumo 396LMT-S yesterday for the bike. It's optimized for motorcycle use - weatherproof, TFT display for direct sunlight readability, routing for least direct route ("stay away from interstates"), guesstimates when I need gas and displays nearby stations, etc. Should be interesting.

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Boyd
Cool! Will be interested to hear your impressions.
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