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RAC Satnav 220 - RAC Satnav 220

By Sandra Vogel



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RAC Satnav 220


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The Bluetooth is reasonably well implemented, and if you need handsfree, it functions well enough. A hardware button in the column to the left of the screen jumps immediately to the phone screen so you can take and make calls.

The music player only copes with MP3 files. You can use the provided cable to connect the RAC Sat-nav 220 to your PC for file transfer, but you’ll also need to install a driver. The alternative is to pop MP3s onto an SD card using a card reader then put it into the card slot on the left edge of the hardware.

There is a real problem here in terms of storage capacity. The device comes with an SDcard which contains the maps the kit needs. Remove the card and the device can’t navigate. And the card is almost full. So it is a challenge, to say the least, to play music while driving.

I guess the idea is that you can use the music player when you are not navigating. But a dinky and sylish little iPod the RAC Sat-nav 220 isn’t. Don’t even think about hanging it round your neck. It is more useful to give to the kids to keep them quiet for a bit.

What about the AV-in system? If you have a DVD player or set top box without a TV attached, then use the provided cables to attach it to the Sat-nav 220 and use its screen for viewing. Hmmm. Not sure about that one.


The fuzzy searching alone is enough to make me want the RAC Sat-nav 220 in my car. Add in the wide screen, superbly loud and precise spoken directions, TMC information and European maps and I’m hooked. If the RAC wants to offer added, non sat-nav features, though, it needs to think carefully about what to offer and how they should be implemented.

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Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Features 9


October 7, 2011, 2:13 am

I bought the Satnav 220 about 3 years ago and have still got it although it doesn't get that much use due to the fact that I use a Mac and the CD software that came with the unit doesn't run on a Mac, so- I am not able to update my Route 66 software. Having browsed the net, it seems a great deal of others cannot update either, judging by all the frustrated posts I can see. The unit is very unreliable if you plug in the wireless lead, - it will seize up within minutes, - it just locks up and that's it!!. So, how about the facility to go hands free? - yes it works, but the sound output is so low, you cannot hear the caller at all and end up leaning forward to hear whatever they are saying, - which is probably more dangerous than using the phone in the first place. Overall the unit is really not worth the £300.00 tag and is it seems virtually impossible to update the route maps. I am going to buy a Garmin next time I think.

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