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Alpine Blackbird

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Alpine Blackbird. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and maps are on the whole positive. The reliability and design are also mentioned favorably, but views about the size and screen are different. Many are critical about the memory and performance.

usability, design, reliability, maps, durability

performance, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Alpine Blackbird is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 18 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The reliability and usability also get good comments.

performance, usability, reliability, price, design

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

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (cnet.com)

Alpine Blackbird review: Alpine Blackbird

 

Review summary Best known for its car stereo products, Alpine Electronics' Blackbird represents the company's entry into the portable vehicle navigation arena, and it's not a bad first try. The Blackbird ($750) offers all the standard navigation tools...

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.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Scott Martin (gpslodge.com)

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. ...

Nov, 2006
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Expert review by: Fletch (gpsmagazine.com)

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

Nov, 2006

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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