ALK Technologies CoPilot Live 7
- Attractive maps, clear audio, easy-to-use interface
- The 'Australian' voice option nearly melted our eardrums
ALK Technologies has managed to improve its flagship product in almost every area. If you already own CoPilot 6 you should definitely seek out this superior upgrade.
Price$ 229.95 (AUD)
GPS units have made the traveller's life infinitively more convenient; especially for that tragic breed of male who doggedly refuses to stop and ask for directions (i.e. - nearly all of us). For reasons which are far too complex to get into, our manhood is only threatened when another human is involved -- electronic assistance doesn't count. And yet, for some of us, purchasing a dedicated hand-holding gadget is a bit too much for our ego to bear; which is where CoPilot Live comes in.
As its name implies, CoPilot Live is a software package for Windows Mobile that turns your PDA or smartphone into a GPS navigation system. Whether you're on foot, behind the wheel of a car or frantically peddling behind handlebars, this voice-guided application will steer you smoothly in the right direction.
Having released six iterations of CoPilot Live already, ALK Technologies (AKA TravRoute) has had plenty of time to iron out the kinks; and it shows. This is a highly polished piece of software packed with a wealth of additional tweaks and enhancements.
Installing CoPilot Live onto your PDA couldn't be easier -- simply insert the included SD card, enter the licence code, and your co-pilot will be up and running within minutes. Our immediate impressions of the CoPilot interface were extremely positive. Upon first launching the program, you are presented with four self-explanatory options; Destination, Favourites, Settings and Drive. (The main menu is accessed via the map screen.) This naturally makes the software a lot more accessible to first-time users.
Choosing a destination follows the usual template of typing in a city, selecting the relevant state, and then entering the street name. You can then elect either a specific house number or the nearest cross road. The address entry screen uses an on-screen keyboard and you can switch the layout between standard, QWERTY and AZERTY (for Frenchies, apparently). Naturally, if you're stumped over the spelling of a particular street name, you can just key in the first few letters and then scroll through a list of matches until you find what you're looking for. While we cannot vouch for the touch-screen's functionality on every PDA available, its large and sensitive buttons worked perfectly on our HTC TyTN 2.
Rather than cluttering up the main screen, most data is accessed via a series of dropdown lists, with only a few information panels displayed at a time. As you would expect, this means you need to shift through more submenus than usual, but all in all, we think they got the balance just about right. While the overall interface might be a tad simplistic for some, it does make for a more intuitive and user-friendly experience.
ALK Technologies has completely revamped the appearance of its maps for this latest edition, and the results are a definite improvement. We particularly liked the ability to switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D modes when approaching junctions. An assortment of styles and themes are also available, including Day and Night modes which automatically reflect the time of day.
There are three main routing options available, comprising of Quickest, Shortest and Avoid Motorways, along with preference setups for toll roads, congestion zones and the like. Instructions are precise and reasonably loud, though the included 'Australian' voice is a horrific Cockney mangling that sounds more like an intoxicated Spice Girl. We therefore advise sticking to the UK or US options (19 additional languages are also included).
The software also comes bundled with CoPilot Central, which acts as a desktop 'hub' for managing downloads and updates. It automatically stores and transfers new content to your PDA whenever you plug the device into your PC, ensuring you are continually up to date with the latest data releases. This is quite handy, as it eliminates the need to trawl the Net for new downloads.
Join the newsletter!
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
cloudandco Smart Cane
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Micro
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- Officeworks hops on voice interface bandwagon with Google Assistant integration
- Amazon confirms early 2018 Australian launch for Alexa and Echo
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- University of Sydney Signs World-First Agreement with Dropbox
- Microsoft delves deeper into AI with new kit bag of tools
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- PC World 2017 Editors' Choice Awards Nomineees Announced
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTNetwork Architect - up to $800 per dayOther
- CCJunior Network ArchitectACT
- CCDrupal DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Solutions ArchitectVIC
- FTPenetration TesterNSW
- TPWeb Communications OfficerACT
- CCLinux Infrastructure Engineer - Telco industryVIC
- TPDigital Project Manager - SalesforceNSW
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Analyst Programmer C++NSW
- FTSalesforce DeveloperOther
- CCDataPower AdministratorACT
- FTO365 ConsultantOther
- FTDrupal DeveloperNSW
- FTAutomation TesterQLD
- FTTransition ManagerOther
- CCSolution / Enterprise ArchitectWA
- FTCyber Security Program ManagerACT
- CCAS400 Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- FTProject ManagerACT
- FTIT Project Coordinator | Gold CoastQLD
- FTETL/Data EngineerOther
- FTSenior Android DeveloperOther
- FTMid-level Drupal DeveloperQLD
- FT.Net DeveloperOther