GPS with real-time traffic for $99.99 (after rebate)

The Navigon 5100 GPS provides a lifetime of subscription-free traffic updates.

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Get subscription-free traffic updates from this $100 GPS. Navigon

The Navigon 5100 GPS features real-time traffic updates, and you don't have to pay a subscription charge for it: The service is included free for the life of the GPS. The last time I featured this model, it was $130. Now, eCost has the Navigon 5100 (refurbished) for $99.99 (plus shipping, and after a $10 mail-in rebate, which just about even each other out). That is one seriously suh-weet deal on a GPS.

In addition to the traffic service, which will advise you of trouble spots and suggest alternate routes, the Navigon offers text-to-speech capabilities (it pronounces actual street names) and a lane-assistant function that recommends the best lane to be in for your route.

Meanwhile, its Reality View presents a photo-realistic image of complex highway interchanges, with actual road signage and exit-ramp guidance.

CNET dinged the Navigon 5100 for its smallish screen (3.5 inches) and unusual dashboard mount. My complaint is with the 90-day warranty, but that's pretty typical for a refurbished unit. And, let's face it, $100 for a GPS with lifetime traffic is unheard of. Get one while you can.