Navigon 40 Easy review: Navigon 40 Easy

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Typical Price: £140.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Lets you find the cheapest car parks; Takes you from the car park to your door; Easy access to your favourite POI categories.

The Bad Frustrating user interface; No voice recognition.

The Bottom Line The Navigon 40 Easy is a feature-rich, but relatively affordable sat-nav that's let down only by its frustrating user interface.

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7.5 Overall

The Navigon 40 Easy is Navigon's 'Goldilocks' sat-nav, sitting above the Navigon 20 but below the 70 in the company's pure sat-nav model range. It's available in three guises; Easy, Plus and Premium. This Easy edition lacks the motion sensor, text-to-speech and spoken TMC of the Plus model and does without the Bluetooth hands-free, voice commands, 3D graphics and Live services in the Premium model.

The Navigon 40 Easy has the same user interface, mapping data as the smaller Navigon 20 Plus, so make sure you read that review for the full lowdown on those features. It's available to buy now for around £140.

Big screen

The primary reason for buying the Navigon 40 Easy over the Navigon 20 is its larger screen. The unit comes with a healthy-sized 4.3-inch touchscreen display that runs in a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Naturally, this makes the unit slightly easier to read than the Navigon 20 and also a tiny bit easier to use if you've enormous sausage fingers.

The Navigon 40 Easy lacks the motion sensing gubbins seen on the Plus model, so you'll have to exert yourself physically and tap the screen to bring up the menu instead of waving a casual hand at it. 

Sadly, Navigon hasn't taken advantage of the extra screen real estate on offer to tweak the fiddly postcode entry system. Like the Navigon 20, you'll still need to flick back and forth between numeric and alphanumeric entry screens a total of six times to enter a seven-digit postcode. That's fairly disgraceful given the fact the screen is big enough to accommodate the full alphabet and numbers 0-9 simultaneously.

Hot spots

Most sat-nav-using motorists will admit points of interest are an occasionally useful feature, but accessing them usually involves scrolling through dozens of useless options, by which time you'll probably have found the POI you're looking for anyway. Navigon has attempted to take the pain out of POIs, however, by introducing its MyBest POI feature.

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