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Alpine Blackbird

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the voice guidance and build quality are on the whole positive. The design and value for money also get good views. The route planning and memory get less positive reviews, and there are some mixed opinions about the screen.

usability, value for money, design, build quality, voice guidance

performance, memory, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Alpine Blackbird is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 29 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Alpine Blackbird

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Alpine Blackbird from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, performance, design, screen, build quality

route planning

44% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Alpine PMDB100 Blackbird Factory Renewed Portable Navigation System

Expert review by:

Alpine Blackbird

 

The Alpine Blackbird features preloaded maps on its hard drive and includes a music player, an FM modulator, and a traffic receiver.

The Alpine Blackbird lacks text-to-speech functionality and requires a separate flash memory card to play music. The screen can be difficult to read in direct sunlight, and the internal battery has a woefully short life between charges.

The Alpine Blackbird is a feature-rich vehicle GPS system and entertainment device all rolled into one sharp-looking package, but it hits a couple of roadblocks with its short battery life and sluggish route calculation.

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Review: Alpine Blackbird

 

Interesting review over at GPS Magazine covering the Alpine Blackbird. Fits my maybe continual bantering that it's easy to make a GPS, and it's hard to make a good GPS. Well, apparently the folks at Alpine are having a tough time making a good GPS. ...

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Expert review by:

Alpine Blackbird Review

 

You might be surprised to learn that Alpine is the #1 rated OEM GPS supplier in North America (I know I was). Many of you have asked me to review the Blackbird, so this week I took a look at Alpine' s flagship GPS, the Blackbird. When the Blackbird was...

Just A Sliver Above Atrocious

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"REPAIR NIGHTMARE"

 

Touch Screen has failed twice and was replaced both times by dealer who sold it to me. Screen lacks daylight readability and battery life is extremely short compared to other units on the market. Unit has constant problems turning on. Would Not...

Alpine has a great name, this GPS looks great but I have had multiple problems since I have purchased it as a backup GPS.

Touch Screen has failed twice and was replaced both times by dealer who sold it to me. Screen lacks daylight readability and battery life is extremely short compared to other units on the market. Unit has major problems

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Alpine Blackbird

 

Touch Screen has failed twice and was replaced both times by dealer who sold it to me. Screen lacks daylight readability and battery life is extremely short compared to other units on the market. Unit has constant problems turning on. Would Not...

Alpine has a great name, this GPS looks great but I have had multiple problems since I have purchased it as a backup GPS

Touch Screen has failed twice and was replaced both times by dealer who sold it to me. Screen lacks daylight readability and battery life is extremely short compared to other units on the market. Unit has major problems

Consumer review by:

Alpine Blackbird

 

I bought my blackbird in Nov 06 and months later problems surfaced. The touch screen wouldn't work where you access the menue, it would freeze up and require resets alot. I shipped it back to Alpine for them to warranty service it and they sent me out...

Nice design, excellent screen visual

Not built well

Consumer review by:

Alpine Blackbird

 

I have been using this unit for a year and a half - and while I have had some bugs - most of which have cleared up with the software upgrade of a year ago I am overall very pleased with this unit. I am not an idle traveler. I use rental cars 30 weeks a...

Clearer direction than Never Lost - lot's of data

Screen reflection can be an issue

Consumer review by:

Alpine Blackbird

 

Well I purchased this GPS expecting a good system. Well the unit stopped working 2 days after i got it, and well Alpine does not allow the retailer to return defective units and it must be returned from the customer directly to Alpine, so that was one...

Has alot of places in its library

loads Slow, The touch screen doesnt work well after about the first month, Window mount poorly made, Power supply doesnt last very long when not plugged in, Slow operation/ alot of lag

Consumer review by:

Alpine Blackbird

 

The arrogant Alpine dealer (M&C Audio Systems Portsmouth NH) that sold me this said it was the best available .. a bald faced lie. There are much better units at better prices.

I am still looking for a Pro

Over priced, non functioning out of box, no support

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"very nice, but could be better."

 

I was in a local audio show looking for something to replace my stock deck in a new car I got and saw this. I bought it instead of a replacement deck.

easy to use GPS

lockups, slow interface response for MP3 player

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Product Specifications

Introducing the Alpine Blackbird! The newest portable navigation device (PND) available, the Alpine Blackbird (PMD-B100) is small, portable, and offers more than just standard navigation. Easily move your Blackbird from car-to-car! Its sleek black aluminum design is small enough to fit in your jacket pocket! With map coverage across United States and Canada, you can go where you want, and Blackbird will guide your way. View 6 million Point of Interests locations on an anti-glare 3.6" LCD touch screen. Alpine's exclusive Graphical User Interface (GUI for Drivers) screen graphics deliver easy-to-understand, at a glance on-screen driving directions, as well as simple and easy to use menus and controls. Now that you're on the go with Blackbird, why not take some time to play? Blackbird can function as a navigation system and music player simultaneously, using its built-in SD/MMC card slot. A built-in USB 2.0 connection makes loading your favorite MP3 files and map software updates a breeze! Listen to your Blackbird from your car's radio or through headphones. Blackbird's unique NaviMix function automatically lowers the volume of the music playback during voice-delivered driving instructions. Universal cigarette lighter power adapter, carrying case and wiping cloth, PC mini-USB cable, replaceable lithium battery included. Blackbird has an optional Second Car Kit, making sharing between family vehicles easy and simple.

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.6"
Diagonal Size (metric):9.1 cm
Resolution:320 x 240

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.1in
Height:2.9in
Weight:8oz
Width:5.7in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Alaska / Canada / Hawaii / USA

GPS System

Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB
Receiver:16 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

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Manufacturer:Alpine Electronics
Model:PMD-B100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Alpine Blackbird
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