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Satmap Active 10 review | Introduction

Published on: Tuesday, November 24th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Satmap Active 10 review

S atmap launched its first product, the Active 10, in the autumn of 2007. The launch in itself was a good initiative, while there are not that many suppliers for this type of GPS devices, and it is always good to have a bit of a competition. Reading on the Internet about the Satmap Active 10, particularly at the time the business was just taking off, we find many complaints, partially correct and partially caused by the greater comfort other devices offer. The latter offer the same options yet come at a lower price. Gradually through time, the tone of the comments has changed, although this did require several updates and a price cut. Nowadays, more and more enthusiastic stories can be found, since the Satmap Active 10 clearly also has its strong points.

Satmap Active 10 review

 

Satmap GPS receiver review

Satmap GPS receiver review

Satmap Active 10 sales package

The retail package really does surprise. An ingenious sliding mechanism lets you open two drawers. In one drawer, you will find the Active 10 unit itself, while in the other, hidden beneath a lid (that contains the quick-start guide, warranty card, end user license agreement and map catalogue brochure) we find a case, lanyard and mini-USB USB cable. However, the exact supplies that come with the Active 10 will depend on your region. For Great Britain, the Active 10 comes with three types of pre-loaded base maps. A whole of Great Britain map at 1:1,000,000, a large scale UK road map at a scale of 1:250k, and a vector-based detailed street map that contains minor roads, railways, waterways, rivers and coastlines in a standard map color scheme. For the Netherlands, the ANWB (Dutch equivalent of British AA) and the PLUS Europe package are included. I reviewed the device including the PLUS Europe package, which comes with a case, a quick start guide in seven languages, and three AA lithium batteries. The unit also includes a basic world map and access to the online route planner and Share Network.

Satmap Active 10 handheld GPS

Satmap Active 10 handheld GPS

Satmap GPS display

The Active 10 outdoor GPS from Satmap is rather big for a GPS handheld device. The front is mainly dominated by the touchscreen monitor. With its 5 x 7 cm surface, this is the largest display I have come across so far on this type of device. It does offer you a clear and broad view on the map page. Visibility is further enhanced by the fact the indications for the buttons disappear after having been displayed for a few seconds. They will reappear upon pressing one of the operating buttons. The multi-functions buttons encircle the monitor in a nice-looking way. In order to activate them you do have to use a little bit of force, which sometimes makes you unintentionally press a button on the other side of the screen at the same time.

 

Satmap USB car charger

Satmap USB car charger

Satmap manual

Satmap manual

GPS receiver charger

GPS receiver charger

 
 
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