Navman EZY40 review: Navman EZY40

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Back-to-basics interface much easier to use. School warnings now time and day sensitive. Keyword destination search. Traffic light info.

The Bad Limited lane guidance. Slightly fiddly windscreen mount. Processor struggles to keep up at times.

The Bottom Line Navman's new EZY GPS range keeps up with the entry-level Joneses thanks to its reworked easier-to-use interface and, joy of joys, time-dependent school zone warnings.

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Design

With its glossy piano-black bezel and silver plastic back, the new EZY range looks much like the MY-series that debuted last year but for one critical difference: screen size. Whereas the MY50T and MY55T featured 4.7-inch screens, the EZY40 makes do with a 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen with a class standard resolution of 480x272.

Those desirous of a smaller unit or more hip-pocket friendly price tag can opt for the EZY30 that, apart from its 3.5-inch touchscreen and the resultant reduction in mass and dimensions, is identical to the EZY40.

Both units are a little fiddly to set-up initially, with the windscreen mount requiring the mini-USB charging plug to be threaded through it. Otherwise, the EZY40 is easy enough to attach to a car windscreen and it gamely adheres itself despite the best (or worst) efforts of Sydney's roads to dislodge it.

Interface

The only physical control for the EZY40 is the on/off/reset slider that's located along the top edge; gone is the MY-series' physical menu button. Another item given the old heave-ho is the slide-to-scroll interface from the S-Series Platinum and MY ranges; a wise choice given the limitations of resistive touchscreens.

In its place is a pared down menu screen consisting of two large buttons (Find and Map) and three smaller buttons (My Places, Settings and Near Me). Dive deep into the menus and there's a handy button in the top-right corner to jump straight back to the main menu.

Destination entry is supremely easy via keyword search, although we'd steer well clear of it for common street names, like George Street. A few quirks remain; for instance, the QWERTY keyboard layout isn't switched on by default and recalling recent destinations requires the user to click My Places and then a rather too small tab denoted by a clock.

The clean, minimalist map screen is retained from previous Navmans, although again here the interface has been revised with the confusing slide-away windows thrown in the bin. Tap the map and a six-icon (Main Menu, Volume, Zoom, Traffic, Route Overview and Cancel Route) menu springs forth.

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Where to Buy

Navman EZY40

Part Number: CNETNavman EZY40

Typical Price: $279.00

See manufacturer website for availability.