enzym SG 350 review


Today we’re going to talk about the new GPS navigation system Enzym SG 350 which we mentioned earlier this month. We’ve spent enough time with the device and can now share our experience with you.

software
The user interface on Enzym SG-350 was very intuitive. There was never a moment we had to refer back to the manual during our review.

When you power on the device you are greeted by three levitating robots while system boots. After that screen you’re quickly taken to the application menu where navigation is the first option. Then you come to the navigation main menu where you can choose to drive to home, office, or a new location. You can exit out of this menu just to view the current map, or you can change device settings or view your trip computer which we’ll talk about in a minute.

If you choose to view the map without navigation you can still pan around the map and drive to a location which is a nice feature if you don’t know a street name or any kind of address but you knew which direction you wanted to go to. We used this feature when we just wanted to head towards the beach for example.

There are three map viewing options: 2D, 3D, and split view. Split view is very handy and it automatically utilized when you’re approaching intersections. In left side of the device you’ll be able to view the current map, and on the right hand side you’ll see detailed view of the on-ramps, highway stacks, etc to make sure you stay on the correct lane.

If you know where you’re going or have a name in mind you hit the ‘go to’ option and enter a state name, address or intersection, point of interest, coordinates, favorites, or select a location from your history.

The address entry is quite smart. Once you enter the first character, software grays out any number or letter that can’t follow that first character which helps in three ways:

  • it is a lot easier to type since you can’t accidentally hit neighboring keys
  • typing the address takes shorter once the pattern in the name is unique
  • you know if a street name is not in the database before you have to type in the whole thing

Then there’s the trip computer which is a nice little utility that keeps track of your avg speed, max speed, total trip time, stopped time (nice!), drive time, elavation, total mileage, odometer, etc. We didn’t really use this but could be very useful for people who are crazy about their driving habits and stats.

hardware

We were pleased with the hardware performance of Enzym SG 350. The display was nice and bright, touch screen was easy to use and the few buttons that are on the device are properly placed.

There’s a spring loaded volume control on the right side as well as a button-lock switch. On top there are two buttons, power, and mode which takes you back to the application menu where you go back to text, video, or audio playing features of the device. On the left side you’ll find the SD card slot, headphone jack, and the mini USB connection.

As far as GPS receiver sensitivity Enzym SG-350 was able to require a satellite fix in less than a minute, indoors, with the blinds shut. At other times, when waking from stand-by mode reacquiring a fix usually took less than 10 seconds which was really impressive. However we were most impressed with the processing speed of this new navigation system. They used a fast 533 processor in this device and you can tell every time you choose a menu item or do a very general POI search. It is very responsive and the search results appear instantaneously.

We should also point out that the SG 350 is preloaded with 2008 Q2 Navteq maps and uses a NavMate engine with full coverage of the USA and Canada.

Overall we were very happy with Enzym SG-350 would recommend it if you’re in the market for a mid-range GPS navigation system. It is expected to cost about $200 when it hits the shelves soon.

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