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Harman/Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and design. The screen and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Harman/Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Harman Kardon Guide Play GPS-500

 

Design Much like the company's other products, the Harman Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500 is a stylish piece of technology. It's sleek (4.6 inches wide by 3 inches high by 0.8 inch deep and weighing 7 ounces) and attractive, with a classic silver-and-black...

The Harman Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500 features a stylish design and wide screen. It offers text- and voice-guided directions as well as music and video playback.

The GPS-500 doesn't support text-to-speech functionality, and it takes the system a while to acquire a GPS fix. Directions weren't always efficient.

Style and ease of use mark this basic portable navigation and multimedia device, but the Harman Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500 doesn't offer the same smooth performance and efficiency of competing products.

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Harman/Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500

 

Sleek, Includes a portable media player

Lagged occasionally at acquiring GPS signals

Sleek GPS device includes a useful media player, but lags occasionally at acquiring GPS signals.

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Harmon Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500 - A Pnd & Pmp All-In-One

 

Key Features4-inch touchscreenPlays MP3/AAC/WAV/WMA and MP4/AVI files3 million points of interest128MB internal flash memory...

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Harmon Kardon Guide & Play GPS-500 Review

 

CNet has a review up of the Harmon Kardon Guide Play GPS-500, the GPS unit from the makers of high end audio equipment. Overall they rate this wide-ish screen product “Very Good”, which is generous for them. The unit combines navigation and...

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"Great MP3 Player"

 

I am usually not one to complain. I feel that if you can't buy something good it has something to do with your intelligence. I am going to go beyond my pride and admit that it was a bad choice. I got lured in by the bells and whistles and the whistles...

Good sound from MP3 player and it might be pretty cool when I can download some video (trying many different formats, nothing work just yet.)

Really not a good GPS. Other features are pretty good but I would trade it in on my old Garmin Nuvi 200 in a minute but, I just can't seem to find my way home to do so.

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Harman Kardon Guide Play GPS-500

 

I am usually not one to complain. I feel that if you can't buy something good it has something to do with your intelligence. I am going to go beyond my pride and admit that it was a bad choice. I got lured in by the bells and whistles and the whistles...

Good sound from MP3 player and it might be pretty cool when I can download some video (trying many different formats, nothing work just yet.)

Really not a good GPS. Other features are pretty good but I would trade it in on my old Garmin Nuvi 200 in a minute but, I just can't seem to find my way home to do so

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"i think there are better units out there for the money"

 

not worth the money there are a lot better gps units out there for a better price

Looks,size,

doesn't support text-to-speech functionality, and it takes the system a while to acquire a GPS fix. Directions weren't always efficient and came late and battery does not last long.

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"SUPERIOR PRODUCT, ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!!"

 

THIS IS THE EASIEST TO OPERATE GPS I'VE SEEN. I LIKE ALL OF THE FEATURES AND IT'S NOT TOO SENSITIVE AS I'VE SEEN WITH OTHERS. IT'S JUST AWESOME. I USED TO PRINT UP A MAP QUEST BEFORE TRAVELING, BUT NOT ANYMORE. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS IN GEORGIA AND THE...

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. VERY, VERY HELPFUL AND EASY TO USE.

AAAHHHH.......IT DOESN'T START MY CAR? LOL!

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"Multi-Media Enhanced - Fast Route Calculations - Sharp Wide Screen"

 

I found the GPS navigation in this unit to be exceptional. I'm sure that all of us know a "short-cut" around town, but this is just a GPS operating on basic principles. I could make a few erroneous turns and possibly confuse this unit, but then again I...

It's like having your MP3 player and GPS/Navigation all in one convenient package

The proprietary mount/bracket is only available from HK directly and Pricey

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Harman Kardon Guide Play GPS-500

 

THIS IS THE EASIEST TO OPERATE GPS I'VE SEEN. I LIKE ALL OF THE FEATURES AND IT'S NOT TOO SENSITIVE AS I'VE SEEN WITH OTHERS. IT'S JUST AWESOME. I USED TO PRINT UP A MAP QUEST BEFORE TRAVELING, BUT NOT ANYMORE. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS IN GEORGIA AND THE...

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. VERY, VERY HELPFUL AND EASY TO USE

AAAHHHH.......IT DOESN'T START MY CAR? LOL

Product Specifications

Harman International is a company of listeners. From the earliest days of high fidelity, Harman's guiding principle has been the same: not technology for technology's sake, but technology for the music's sake. Harman's long-standing, commitment to technical excellence, product quality and industrial design, all stem directly from company's passion for the music.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:3in
Width:4.6in

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
GPS Functions / Services:Altimeter / Distance / Speed
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

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Manufacturer:Harman International Industries
Model:GPS-500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Harman/Kardon Guide + Play
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