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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 5
Works very well under Windows and Linux – GPS USB Receiver Dongle for Laptop Reviews

posted by socaire on 12/06/2011 Certified Owner

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

Pros:
+ 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
Cons:
+ 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.
Other:
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.
Bottomline:
Very good GPS to be used with a laptop. I recommend considering this product before buying an stand alone GPS.

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