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Pharos IGPS-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Pharos IGPS-500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and reliability. The size and usability also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos IGPS-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Pharos IGPS-500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Pharos IGPS-500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on People really like the reliability. The performance also gets good feedback.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pharos PB010 IGPS-500Pharos PB010 IGPS-500

Aug, 2018

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No Vista x64 Support


I didnt have any issues with the connectors being flimsy at all, like other reviewers have mentioned. Also, the device has an embedded BLUE LED inside of it, for people such as myself who like to have all their colored lights match.

It is easily recognized by Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008, just as expected. First tried using it on my laptop indoors, but no signal. Walked outside the door, and it connected instantly. The device is accurate enough to pick up my basic movements of...

The GPS device itself as a Serial based device and comes with a Series to USB converter. The Serial-USB adpater has absolutely NO driver support under Windows Vista x64. Tried countless drives for several similar products, but still no-go. Using...

Jun, 2008

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Just what I needed


FAST!!!! SHIPPING From Newegg!! I needed the item the next day so I paid for next day shipping. Newegg shipped it the same day as I ordered and it was here UPS before 10am.

Small Receiver. Easy to set up on XP with Microsoft Streets & Trips

USB Cable not really long enough to run through dash and hide

Jun, 2008

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Small, Fast, Amazing


very fast sat acquisition. takes only a few seconds to power-up and show location. design allows for many uses with optional accessories. sd-card or CF adapter for PDA, bluetooth, even rs232 for older laptops.

suction cup is on cable rather than on the unit itself, so the unit flops around while driving.

Jun, 2008

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Solid Product


Quickly is recognized by Microsoft Mappoint. Sturdy product.

No problems

Jun, 2008

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Good GPS Reciever


Good overall GPS Receiver. I use it wilt MS Streets and Trips. The driver installed OK in XP and had no problems.

Slow to start up.

Jun, 2008

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Pharos PB010 USB iGPS-500 GPS Receiver - Retail


This thing is litterally the size of a quarter, and can probably easily get lost if you disconnect it from the USB cable. Unlink others, i have not had any problems with the connections being loose, I just put it on my rear window dashboard area and...

The device does exactly what you can expect it to do. I have it working with MS Streets and Maps 2007, And its perfect.

The cord that came with it was a little short, so you may need to buy an extension if you plan to permantly place it somewhere on your car, instead of just throwing it up on the dashboard.

May, 2008

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Fragile Connection


Go with the Bluetooth version and avoid the weak connector.

Compact and low cost

Flimsy plastic USB connector (x12-42936) wiggles too much and stressed the connections. The device cuts out at the slightest movement and makes it quite annoying to use. I will have to re-solder the connections inside the connector to correct it or...

Feb, 2008

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Used in both Microsoft Streets and Trips and Roadnav... worked like a charm.

Locks on to satellites fast (<1 min), provides good accuracy. I always show as being directly on streets in Microsoft Streets and Trips. Works great

Bluetooth would be nice

Jan, 2008

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Some one mentioned 'off route', that is a software issue not this receiver

Just so people know, this is the same manufacture of the MS S & T GPS receiver


Dec, 2007

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Never get lost again


now that i know how well it works i would have even paid $100 for it............

It took about 5 minuets to set this up to run with MS street and trip ( i am using 2006). it has more features than i Knew, like Altitude( beside Latitude and longitude) gives you the speed that you are traveling( it matched the digital...

the only thing that i wish it had is to reconfigure the route if you miss an exit, it just says "off route" beside that its flawless

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

Introducing the Pharos iGPS-500, a powerful GPS receiver designed to work with the groundbreaking new class of Microsoft Ultra Mobile PCs. As business becomes ever more global, the iGPS-500 will provide mobile professionals with advanced location and navigation capabilities as a part of a comprehensive desktop experience on a lightweight mobile PC. Ultra-Mobile PCs make it easier to connect, communicate, accomplish and be entertained. UMPC combines the full functionality of the PC with the power of the Windows XP Tablet edition and other innovative technologies from Microsoft, such as Touch Pack software. With full Windows functionality and software technology to enhance on-the-go use on smaller devices, the UMPCs' highly mobile and affordable hardware design results in a smart mobile lifestyle companion, for home, work - and everywhere in between. Ultra-Mobile PCs run full versions of the Windows XP operating system so existing applications built for Windows will run right away. UMPC hardware has all the latest technologies such as USB 2.0, 802.11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. Some even come with SDIO and CF slots as well, giving consumers a wide arrange of connection options. Pharos' iGPS-500's unique modular design allows users to add GPS positioning and navigation capability via the USB, Compact Flash, SDIO port or Bluetooth wireless connection, making UMPC an excellent companion for business travelers and everyone on the go.

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Compatibility

Interface:3.0 V TTL

GPS System

Product Type:GPS receiver module
Receiver:12 channel


Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pharos