Pocket-size GPS and the $100 barrier

Tiger Direct temporarily has the Pocket Loox N100 GPS for just $99.99, plus shipping.

Fujitsu Siemens

Update 10:10 a.m. PT: It didn't take long for this to sell out. But stay tuned: I'll continue to post killer GPS deals as I find them.

It's like Black Friday, the sequel! In an apparent fit of madness, Tiger Direct is selling the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox N100 GPS for $99.99. Granted, GPS prices have plummeted in recent months, but this is the first one I've seen dip below the $100 mark. Even more shocking, the Pocket Loox sold for $499 when CNET reviewed it earlier this year . This is the kind of deal that makes The Cheapskate all giddy inside.

True to its name, the Pocket Loox is slim enough to slip into a pocket--nice if you're frequently on foot in big cities. However, the package also includes windshield and dashboard mounts for in-car navigation, though you may find the 2.8-inch touchscreen a bit small for viewing comfort. The Loox comes preloaded with maps of the U.S. and Canada, and it can even play MP3s, videos, and photos.

Surely there's a catch? According to CNET's reviewer, the Loox runs like molasses in Michigan (and it's cold here, people). Having used some dog-slow GPS receivers myself, I agree that that can really be frustrating. But if you're willing to overlook the smallish screen and sluggish operation, this is a pretty hard deal to beat.


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