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Mio - Knight Rider Portable GPS

Model: KR KITT 300SKU: 8943806

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Kinda cool, but beware of Mio's customer service

    Posted
    Lugosi

    I've had the unit for about a week now, and for the most part it's a good unit. I love the fact that you can get a route mapped out using only a street name, an intersection, or even just a zip code (in the latter case it will route you to the center of the zip code's geographic area). You can also pick from several different color schemes for the display. Displays are crisp and offer a choice between 2D and 3D. One complaint about the 2D: Some major roads disappear from the display too early as you zoom out. The main reason most people will purchase this unit is because of the KITT voice. William Daniels recorded a number of phrases for the unit. You can even pick from among 300 or so first names with which "KITT" can greet you. However, if you do choose the Kitt voice, you won't get actual street names when it routes you. Instead you can expect things like "Turn left in 350 feet." That can get a little confusing in densely built subdivions and you end up having to watch the 3D map much more closely for guidance. Not good if you're also driving. Given the price of the unit compared to other units with similar features, it's apparent that you're paying a major premium for that voice. Too bad it also limits the unit's abilities. There are a quite a few other voices available from the Mio website. Those are synthesized and will give you street names as part of the turn-by-turn directions. On the other hand, that also largely defeats the purpose of having a Knight Rider GPS. Aside from the whole KITT voice thing, what prompted me to buy this unit was the available traffic module available on Mio's website. It plugs into the USB port on the bottom that normally takes the AC adapter cord. Then the power cord plugs into the other end of that. A separate thin wire then plugs into the module, and you have to run that across the dash and along the windshield. The traffic service is provided by an outfit called TMC, and they are next to worthless. They supposedly cover the DC area, but as it turns out, their coverage of Northern Virginia is very limited. You start losing the traffic updates about five or six miles outside of the Capital Beltway. Given this area's sprawl, that's a severe limitation. Also, looking at the display, it's impossible to immediately tell which direction is backed up on an interstate. You have to zoom down to a level where you're looking at less than a two mile section of highway before you can differentiate between the east bound and west bound lanes. There are little tiny arrows that are supposed to do that for you, but they sometimes conflict with one another. Very confusing. I don't know about the other traffic services out there, but the one provided by TMC is next to worthless. Even worse, when I called Mio to return the module, I was told that once it is activated, it can NOT be returned. I tried to point out that I had ordered the item in good faith expecting a quality product, but they wouldn't take it back Also, some other reviews I had read complained about the out of date maps. One review, however, said that Mio will provide a free 2009 map update when it becomes available. When I tried to sign up for it on their website, I discovered that the offer had expired on January 20, 2009. It let me sign up for the offer, but the next day I got an email telling me I wasn't eligible because I had purchased the unit on January 26.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still Feeling It Out

    Posted
    SergeantJT

    I just picked up this GPS this weekend but so far it does the trick. Great 3D maps. Controls can be a little complicated but that will get better with operating time. Many pre-set names so K.I.T.T. talks directly to you at start-up. How cool is that. I recommend this unit for general get around town directions, only holds 12 routes in its memory so may not have enough memory for some users. I always wanted to take a ride in K.I.T.T. now I own one..... minus the turbo booster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun GPS

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I received this for Christmas and was very excited that I would now have K.I.T.T. as my co-pilot. Being that I grew up with this show and my first vehicle was a K.I.T.T. big wheel. Very nice sized touch screen. Love the fact you can have it call you out by name. My children are very excited now about going on a road trip as long as K.I.T.T. tells us the way!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT GPS!

    Posted
    RickNY

    This is a great GPS. It has been accurate and reliable. I love hearing KITT's voice and the Knight Rider lights. It's just fun to use and drive with. Unlike the other boring GPS systems. I think it's definitely worth buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWSOME!

    Posted
    Ssoprano67

    I revieved this as a Birthday Present and I LOVE IT, very easy to use and the quality of the voice of K.I.T.T a/k/a William Danials is awsome, Now I can't wait to drive so i can use this thing!!!...AWSOME!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    not a good gps system

    Posted
    ohiodave66

    I had to retun the unit the battery only had a charge of 1 hour when it stated it was 2.5 hours and the car charger was broken before i even used it. I did like hearing the original KITT voice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend