Pioneer AVIC-U310BT: the one you can afford

Pioneer AVIC-U310BT is the final addition to Pioneer’s AVIC line up. Out of the ones we talked about today (Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT, Pioneer AVIC-X910BT, and Pioneer AVIC-X710BT) Pioneer AVIC-U310BT is the most affordable one with a suggested retail price of $600.

Just like the other ones U310BT is also a 2-DIN GPS navigation system that features bluetooth hands free option, iPod and iPhone controls, and a smaller (but sufficient) 4.3″ WQVGA touch screen. It carries the same maps from TeleAtlas covering US and Canada, but instead of 12 million, it only has 500 thousand points of interest. However Pioneer AVIC-U310BT does feature an SD card slot located within the detachable front panel of the unit that lets you bring in more POIs and even a map of Mexico.

It does not do CDs or DVDs but can still play your audio from MP3, WMA, or AAC formats. Another neat feature is hidden behind the device; a USB port that can connect various audio players.

You’ll have to wait for July to put a Pioneer AVIC-U310BT on your dash.

UPDATE: We said no CD or DVDs but that slot at the top of the device awfully resembles an optical media drive to us. What do you think?

One Response to “Pioneer AVIC-U310BT: the one you can afford”

  1. Dave Says:

    It does play CD’s. You need an extra cable CD-IU50 ($50) for iphone/ipod controls. The included POI’s are horrible. You do have an option through the AVIC FEEDS software to create/download custom POI’s but they don’t show up in the “regular POI” section on the device and you can’t search for a custom POI near the location. They only appear a list. The device is otherwise great, but the POI’s are horrible in my opinion and Pioneer charging 150.00 (in Canada) is a total rip off and they should be ashamed for this, considering there is no other way to get the POI’s to work properly without this ridiculous upgrade charge. Get real pioneer.

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