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In a world where TomTom dominates so much it's tough to compete, but German sat-nav firm Navigon is in a better position than most. It supplies the base navigation software to all sorts of different companies - including Panasonic, and the now-defunct Sony sat-navs - which means that it should know a thing or two about the subject.
Its own devices, however, have disappointed in the past. The 5100 I reviewed last year, for example, had all the features and an impressive mapping engine, but failed to hit the mark when it came to performance. It was also far too expensive for a device with just UK and Ireland maps on it. The 2110 Max aims to remedy that, and bring some innovation to the party as well.
The price is good for a start. The 2110 Max comes with maps of UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe, includes a TMC traffic information receiver, plus speed camera data, and yet it costs just £169.99 inc VAT. That's pretty impressive, even if a one-off fee of approx £40 is needed for TMC reception in the UK. Considering that TomTom's latest Go 730 Traffic has a similar feature set and sells for around £270, and its XL Traffic Europe 22 goes for £210, the 2110 Max is not a bad deal. But is a competitive price and feature set enough when TomTom is already so far ahead?
Navigon is certainly trying hard, and has introduced some interesting features with its latest range. Top of the list is what's called Lane Assistant Pro. Navigon was one of the first sat-navs I saw that introduced lane assistance successfully last year, and here it takes things an exciting step forward. Not only does the 2110 Max tell you which lane to get in on motorways and major roads, but also on minor multi-lane roads too. It even knew about the lanes on the large roundabout just at the end of my road, and the icons it uses to illustrate which lane you should be in are incredibly detailed and clear.
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