Mio Moov 300

Entry-level GPS to get you Mooving

Mio Moov 300
  • Mio Moov 300
  • Mio Moov 300
  • Mio Moov 300
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Design, redesigned map and menu layout, text-to-speech, NavPix

Cons

  • No split-screen map, chunky window mount, delays when typing an address, no Bluetooth, no TMC antenna included

Bottom Line

As an entry-level unit the Moov 300 is a solid GPS device and an ideal choice if you happen to be on a budget. It may lack the bells and whistles of its more expensive counterparts, but it nonetheless provides a reasonable navigational experience.

Would you buy this?

The Moov 300 is Mio's entry-level GPS unit. Ideal for users on a budget, it manages to perform competently as a navigational device, without offering the extra features of the Moov 360 and Moov 370.

The unit is quite similar in design to units in Mio's previous DigiWalker line. Mio has managed to trim the Moov 300 down to a respectable size despite its 4.3in widescreen display, and it is relatively light and feels sturdy. The display has a reasonable viewing angle and is usable in direct sunlight, which is important in a country with a climate like Australia's. The window mount is a little bulky in comparison to TomTom’s EasyPort mount, although it is functional. We aren't fans of the power switch; we prefer the single button used on DigiWalker units.

The Moov series uses NAVTEQ maps, promising 100 per cent coverage of Australian roads. Mio has also redesigned the map layout and slightly altered the user interface from previous models. Most of the changes are positive. We wish that the split-screen technology introduced on the DigiWalker C520 was present, however. The map and menu interface have been fixed, making them less confusing. Menus are now clearly labelled and straightforward and the map display is no longer cluttered with icons.

Searching for an address or POI is easy, although it also reveals the Moov 300’s biggest flaw: its speed. It eventually will eventually recognise your presses on the touch screen, but there is significant keystroke delay when typing.

The unit uses a SiRF Star III receiver, and the Moov 300 usually manages to lock onto a GPS signal within a minute of being powered on.

The MioMap 2008 interface uses standard 2-D and 3-D views, in addition to a traffic overview with congestion areas highlighted on the map. The maps have a reasonable level of detail. Street names are easily readable and the current location is clearly marked. Mio’s automatic zoom feature activates every time you make a turn to give you the clearest possible route.

We were impressed with the Australian text-to-speech voice: it announces street names loudly and clearly and doesn’t have much trouble with pronunciation. There is a comprehensive package of safety alerts included: red light cameras, speed cameras, school zones, speed zones, accident black spots and railway crossings.

Mio has partnered with SUNA to bring live traffic updates to the Moov range, but the required TMC antenna is an optional extra on the Moov 300. However, the NavPix feature is included. This lets you navigate using the coordinates attached to a geotagged image. There is no camera to take new NavPix photos, but there are a number of photos installed on the unit, including Uluru (Ayers Rock), Parliament House and the Sydney Opera House.

Two features absent on the Moov 300 but present on the Moov 360 and Moov 370 are 3-D landmarks and live POI search. The absence of these features isn't a deal-breaker, however. On the other hand, the omission of Bluetooth may turn some users away. However it’s best to keep in mind that this is a budget unit and comes at a reasonable price.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?