Medion GoPal PNA465

During navigation the Medion impressed with the quality of its audible feedback, providing road names where appropriate and generally negating the need to glance at the main display to find where to go. Other neat features included a POI fast retrieval mode, which will search for a pre-designated POI – such as a Petrol station – with just the press of a button. You can even choose a preferred station for those who use loyalty schemes – otherwise known as saps (it depends if they need high octane fuel - ed.).

The only really annoying thing about the PNA465 was the lack of an on-screen QWERTY keyboard, thus inputting postcodes requires you to switch between letter and number inputs. It's a small annoyance, but one worth noting nonetheless. In general though, what impressed was the speed and lack of ambiguity in the directions provided. The PNA465 quickly adjusted when we went off route, not confusing you by insisting that you turn around in inappropriate circumstances.

All of which makes it worth serious consideration, although it does suffer merely because this isn't the version I'd personally buy. The cheaper PNA460 comes in two varieties, with UK and Ireland only maps for £179.99 and a UK, Ireland and Europe version for £199.99. The only feature it lacks over the PNA465 is TMC, which isn't great anyway, and as such it provides even better value. The PNA470 adds Bluetooth support to the mix, and this may appeal to some but the PNA460 in either flavour looks like excellent value and compares well to the TomTom One thanks to the large screen and comparable performance.

Verdict

Medion's GoPal PNA465 is a great GPS device, bringing excellent routing performance to a smart light-weight unit; only the cheaper PNA460 represents better value due to the ineffectiveness of the TMC feature.

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