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Hitachi MMP-501

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Hitachi MMP-501. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and reliability. The price and size also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the performance and design.

usability, size, price, reliability, screen

design, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Hitachi MMP-501 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Hitachi MMP-501


A first foray into the world of GPS for Hitachi, the MMP-501 is a bulky GPS unit that offers a large 5in touch screen display, Bluetooth hands free co...

Large 5in screen, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, Music and video playback, User interface, Good volume levels, Competitive price

Chunky and heavy, Entertainment offering lacks features, Somewhat slow to pick up a GPS signal, Large and bulky window mount, Poor battery life

If you can overlook the size and the rather basic entertainment features, this GPS does the job and for what it offers, the MMP-501 comes in at a very respectable price point compared with many other units on the market.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Siddharth Raja (

Hitachi MMP-501


A portable GPS with a large 5-inch screen, music and video playback and Bluetooth connectivity.

Large screen ; Video playback ; Quick route and re-route calculation

Bulky design ; Lacks text-to-speech ; Poor battery life

Overall, the MMP-501 is a good first attempt from Hitachi at trying to enter the competitive portable GPS market but it falls short of offerings from more established manufacturers such as TomTom and Navman. Hitachi provides a 12-month warranty as well...

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (

Hitachi MMP-501


Could someone tell me where i can get a new bracket, please.

Easy to use, nice and clear

Shiny strip reflects the sun

May, 2010

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Hitachi MMP-501


Solid, practical and robust unit. Had mine for 2 years and updated it every year so far. No plans to replace it any time soon.

Solid design and construction ; Intuitive interface with LOTS of POI's ; Excellent coverage of speed/red light cameras. Especially handy when traveling to unfamiliar areas (which we often do) ; Excellent Bluetooth support. Even works with my iPhone ;...

No text-to-speech street directions (I don't really miss it) ; Large design makes it hard to place in some cars ; 2 hour battery life. Battery built in (not user replaceable AFAIK) ; Some phones' address books are not presented on the dialing screen;...

Nov, 2008

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Hitachi MMP-501


i love mine it is great

use the avi cable to connect to ipod and watch movies on it .hence love the big screen . its great easy to use system. get over 2 hrs battery life

cant think of any yah

Aug, 2008

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Hitachi MMP-501


i like it

big screen

crusty battery

Jun, 2008

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Hitachi MMP-501


If you have one of these dump it. If you are thinking about a GPS avoid this one.

Big screen

Slow to start ; Bad directions that dont take into account the traffic laws ; Outdated maps and no timeline for an update ; Power input broke within 3 months ; Window mount broke within 6 months

Mar, 2008

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Hitachi MMP-501


can i use it when i go overseas,

Oct, 2007

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Hitachi MMP-501


Most of the so called experts that review this type of equipment are paid for their egotistical bias. Navigation is the name of the game. Anything else,get in the back seat and watch the cartoons.

Very good all round Nav.System.That is why I bought the Hitachi MMP501 and it does the job very well. Excellent operational instructions and ease of implementation

The velvet type carry bag is a good idea,but incorporated with a protective case for storage and handling/carrying would be ideal

Aug, 2007

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Hitachi MMP-501


Just recently bought it - a new user to the world of gps navigation systems. I love it so far, and it has been convenient for me and a good 'talking point' for passengers in my car! There are features yet to be tested, so am looking forward to trying...

Clear and accurate directions ; Fast recalculating ; Considerably extensive list of POIs ; Mounts well ; Large, responsive and intuitive screen

No alternative options for a male voice, but that'd be just me: seeing that I think all gps are equipped with female voices ; No tolls nor signs such as Stop signs and No Right Turn signs as well as traffic (I think so far) recognised. But I'm not sure...

Jul, 2007