4th Clarion MAP680

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19 Nov 2008 17:45 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

4th Clarion MAP680
RRP 229.99
Best of the web 179.49 Caraudiogiant.co.uk
Screen size 4.3in
Overall

Performance

It's the super-quick menus and maps that put the Clarion in fourth place. The Maps are simple in design, making them easier to follow because of it. The system also zooms in on the action when any change of direction is required and the spoken instructions are clear and timely.

Ease of operation

The menu layout isn't quite and clear as TomTom's or Garmin's, but it's still better than most. Punching in a destination is quick and easy, although the cradle is bulky.

Buying

We couldn't find many shops selling the MAP680, but Caraudiogiant.co.uk has slashed the price by 45, bringing it down to under 180. For that amount of money, we reckon European maps should be standard.

Quality

Plastic case doesn't exude quality, but the 4.3in screen is super-bright and still visible in bright sunshine. The cradle isn't the sturdiest, though, despite its hefty size.

Special features

If you need navigation for Europe then look elsewhere. The Clarion does include TMC, an MP3 player, Bluetooth and the option of picking the most economical route to your destination, though.