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Alpine PND-K3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Alpine PND-K3. The average rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the durability and reliability. The performance and price also get good feedback. Many are negative about the memory and size. There are some mixed opinions about the route planning.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Alpine PND-K3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Alpine PND-K3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Alpine PND-K3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and reliability. The price and route planning also get good opinions, but many are critical about the maps.

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

This summary is based on the products: Alpine PND-K3 4.3" Portable Navigation SystemAlpine PND-K3 - GPS receiver - automotiveAlpine PND-K3MSN Portable Navigation System with MSN Direct

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (pcmag.com)

Alpine PND-K3

 

If I asked you about Alpine Electronics, you'd likely automatically think high-end, in-dash car audio or maybe even in-dash GPS, but how about a portable navigation device? Probably not. Alpine's new mid-market PND-K3 ($349.95 street) shares a number...

Easy to use. Text-to-speech conversion. Excellent Bluetooth phone interface. Six-million-entry POI database. Maps include U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and U.S.V.I

No live traffic updates and no option to add the feature. Doesn't display current speed on map view. Calculated some questionable routes on my tests

Alpine's PND-K3 portable navigation device packs a lot of features for its price, but on our tests, some unexpected routes surprised us.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

Alpine PND-K3 - GPS receiver review: Alpine PND-K3 - GPS receiver

 

We've reviewed a couple of in-car GPS devices from Alpine Electronics, including the Alpine Blackbird and the Alpine Blackbird II , and we haven't come away particularly impressed. While offering a decent feature set, the performance was subpar and...

The Alpine PND-K3 offers a nice user interface and has text-to-speech functionality and advanced lane guidance. The in-car GPS also features integrated Bluetooth.

The K3 is expensive, and battery life is poor. We didn't always find route recalculations to be the most efficient.

With the new interface and additional navigation features, the Alpine PND-K3 is an improvement over the company's previous in-car GPS, but the expensive price tag is a turn-off, especially when you can get more for less.

Oct, 2008
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Expert review by: Maximum CPU (maximumcpu.net)

Alpine PND-K3msn GPS

 

Feature Rich, Easy to use interface and firmware updating, Strong car mount

Pricey, Doesn’t know when to give up on predetermined route, Low speaker volume for bluetooth and music playback

Overall I was very pleased with this GPS, it’s packed with features, is extremely easy to use, and most importantly it’s reliable. I would have no problem relying on this device in situations where I’m either lost or unfamiliar with the area. I know...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Garret (maximumcpu.net)

Read Alpine PND-K3msn GPS

 

GPS devices are becoming increasingly more common by the day whether you're using it for turn by turn directions in your car or for outdoor navigation. Today we'll be taking a look at the PND-K3 with a MSN Direct subscription from Alpine USA. The...

Feature Rich ; Easy to use interface and firmware updating ; Strong car mount

Pricey ; Doesn't know when to give up on predetermined route ; Low speaker volume for bluetooth and music playback

Overall I was very pleased with this GPS, it’s packed with features, is extremely easy to use, and most importantly it’s reliable. I would have no problem relying on this device in situations where I’m either lost or unfamiliar with the area. I know...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Scott Martin (gpslodge.com)

Alpine PND-K3 Review

 

Not well known for their GPS products, Alpine is known for their quality car electronics. Their PND-K3 GPS is a widescreen (4.3-inch) gps that comes with US and Canada NAVTEQ maps preloaded, Bluetooth handsfree calling, with text to speech...

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: Dempro (cnet.com)

"I got an Alpine PND-K3 for free and I feel ripped off.."

 

APLINE - PROVIDE UPDATES!!!

It's great if you live somewhere devoid of any new construction in the last 5 years...

My office has been here for 3 years, and it's not in the GPS, either are half the clients I go visit.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Nate (newegg.com)

Great GPS

 

Totally happy with this product.

This thing works very well. Easy to read and gives plenty of advance warning of upcoming turns. Has never given bad directions. Bluetooth hands free sound quality is great and simple to use with my cell

The only bad thing about this is the battery is useless. Keep it plugged in and it's great

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

No map updates

 

Last Alpine product I will ever buy.

Nice graphics. MSN direct

Unit freezes, Routes are not the best choice a lot of times ; Maps are terribly outdated and it appears that Alpine has no intentions to ever release an update, do I paid for a GPS that will never be updated. Time for a new one

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Alpine PND-K3 4.3" GPS with MSN Direct

 

I have reason to believe that a firmware update would probably solve all my problems. Since I've recieve the unit (which was roughly two months ago) I've plugged the unit into the computer twice to check for possible undates. None have been found.

For it's actual price, this GPS unit is definitely feature rich. I have it run through my car stereo by utilizing the head phone jack. I love that my MP3's can play during travel and then the unit seemlessly lowers the volume and initiates verbal...

The dock sometimes has considerable trouble linking to MSN direct. I don't use the feature often, so the problem isn't dramatic. Also, once in a while the unit freezes. The freeze is usually associated with some type of change occuring with the MP3...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Very Nice

 

Very responsive touch. Excellent menu system. The MSN data connection is great. I would give this unit 5 stars except that the MSN service is being shutdown, which is the best reason to get this unit

Sometimes the unit will delay for a few seconds while driving

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

The slim, lightweight PND-K3 combines remarkable ease-of-use with natural voice text-to-speech technology and superior vehicle-positioning technology. The PND-K3's slim form factor and easy-to-detach cradle system make it very convenient to store or set up the PND-K3 on the windshield or dashboard. And, despite the slim form factor, sound quality and volume level are not sacrificed. The PND-K3's built-in loud speaker allows turn-by-turn instructions, music or incoming Bluetooth phone calls to be heard loud and clear. The ability to lock in and maintain a moving car's location on the map is a big challenge for many portable navigation devices. The PND-K3's advanced vehicle-positioning system continues positioning the car's location even in areas where it's difficult to receive GPS signals, such as in tunnels or between tall city buildings. This is achieved through the simultaneous use of satellite-linked global positioning data as well as sophisticated gyro and accelerometer technology, which measures both the car's direction and speed. This highly advanced "dead reckoning" approach ensures continuous, accurate vehicle positioning for high-quality navigation performance.

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.9in
Weight:6.3oz
Width:4.8in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / USA

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
Receiver:20 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:MSN Direct
Type:GPS receiver

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Manufacturer:Alpine Electronics
Model:PND-K3/PND-K3msn
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Alpine