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  • Works very well under Windows and Linux

    posted by socaire on 12/06/2011

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month


    + Works under Windows 7 x64. I had to download the driver from the Prolific site)

    + Works under Linux. I tested on Debian Squeeze 32 bit. No need to download drivers, the ones that come with the kernel work.

    + Seems very acurate.

    + Update ever 1 second.

    + Has a LED that blinks while tracking and stays on when locked.

    + Comes with a short usb cord.

    + Good construction

    + Serial connection works with a big number of applications


    + The CD driver did not work. I had to download the driver for windows from prolific site (http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?id=31)

    + The manual is not clear, it does not say much and is not very helpful

    + It can take up to 50s to lock the first time the GPS starts.

    + The cord is helpful, it would be nice if it was longer, but that maybe is too much to ask for the price.


    I bought the GPS to be used while sailing. I tried it with the following programs, and works very well:

    + Seaclear: under Win 7 and Debian using Wine

    + OpenCPN: under Win 7 and Debian

    The GPS fits my needs and it's much cheaper that buying a stand-alone GPS unit.

    I have not tried it on the road. So I can't tell how does it work while driving.


    Very good GPS to be used with a laptop. I recommend considering this product before buying an stand alone GPS.

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