CNET First Look
Kenwood DNX7100The Kenwood DNX7100 has an attractive design and an excellent as-standard navigation system.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:01 >> Hey, I'm Kevin Massy from CNET Caltech and today we're taking our first look at Kenwood DNX 7100. Now this is a double bins in dash car stereo and GPS device all rolled into one. Let's start with the GPS functionality because that is by far the best feature of this system and it really is a joy to use. You get to the home page and there are two options where too and view map. One thing I'd like to mention here is that the system defaults to the current state that you're in. So, if you're in California it will assume quite sensibly that you want to go somewhere in California. When you get to the address entry screen, you've got big bright numbers, big bright letters. This is one of the best systems we've seen selling in the aftermarket sector. This system runs on internal memory it doesn't need a separate DVD ROM and that makes it a lot quicker, so, enough of the good news, now onto the bad news. The DNX 7100 is primarily an in dash media player. It can play CDs, MP3s, WMAs, DVD video, and DivX video. Where's the bad news I hear you ask? Well, here it is. This is the main menu for selecting media sources. It's very cluttered it's very scattered there's no real cohesion to the design of or layout of the screen. These buttons along the side don't really give any clue as to where you're going or what you're doing. The whole thing just feels dislocated and hand fisted. The bottom line is that this system has a great navigation function and a less than great media playback interface. It's on sale now for a price of 12 to 1400 dollars. That includes an outstanding USB port for playing your music from flash drives. It can also be connected to add on iPod modules, but you'll need to pay extra for those. I'm Kevin Massy and today you've had a first look at a Kenwood DNX 7100. ^M00:02:14 [ Music ]