Best budget sat navs

We round up the best budget GPS units from Garmin, TomTom, Navman, Mio and Navigon

Once costing in excess of $1000, you can now pick up a budget GPS unit for under $200.

Spending less doesn't mean your navigation experience will be an inferior one — aside from giving you turn-by-turn directions, even the cheapest GPS units will allow you to locate points of interest (POIs), save your favourite locations and explore new places. The main differences between a budget GPS unit and a high-end one are generally unnecessary add-ons like Bluetooth hands-free capabilities, live traffic, MP3 playback and FM transmitters.

We've included five of our favourite budget GPS units from Garmin, TomTom, Navman, Mio and Navigon. All of these models include the latest Australian maps, will speak the names of streets (thanks to speech-to-text technology) and are equipped with safety camera warnings, including speed and red light cameras, and school zones.

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Mio Moov A350

The Mio Moov A350 represents great value for money. While its performance isn't spectacular, it does a very good job for the asking price. If you're on a budget and need a cheap GPS unit that does the basics, look no further.

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  • 18th Sept., 2009
  • Chris Jager
  • Mio
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  • Good value for money, solid feature set, sturdy mount accessory
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  • No headphone jack, cheap design, lacks live traffic update support

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