CNET First Look
Dash ExpressThe two-way connectivity of the Dash Express portable navigation system offers powerful search and traffic capabilities to drivers and brings the value of GPS to the next level, but the system needs some refinements before we're willing to invest in it.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior editor at CNET.com and today we're taking a First Look at the Dash Express. It was announced two years ago and we're finally seeing it come to market. What makes this portable navigation device pretty special is it has a cellular and Wi-Fi radio built-in. So you can actually conduct local searches on this device. So for example if you're in the neighborhood and you wanna look for a pizza joint. Just type in pizza and it uses Yahoo Local Search and it will bring up some businesses around you as a certain location. You can also get real-time gas prices, as well as movie time, so that's pretty convenient. It's really nice. As far as navigation, the features you get all the basics including text to speech functionality, so it actually speaks street names. Some down sides about this device, it's pretty big and that's because of the wireless radio built-in, but still pretty hunk and big. And also, I was driving around and it's actually three-blocks off or a few blocks off when you're driving around, so, you know. For navigation device you really want this to work and be accurate and you're gonna pay about $400, so that's a really disappointing thing. I think it's a great product and it's got a lot of potential, but it's a little bit half-baked I feel like right now. So, I would, maybe would wait, until the next model, but otherwise, really nice local search functionality and kind of the futures of GPS, so look out for it. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been the Dash Express. ^M00:01:24 [ Music ]