Have you been wanting a GPS navigation system for your car, but can’t justify the high cost of equipment? Consider a laptop GPS system. These little receivers plug into your laptop for easy on the go directions. In this article, we’ll focus on Windows compatible devices and software, but other OS will be noted where available. But a best windows laptop for kali linux is a great match. GPS subscription service may be required, and prices will vary by model and service. While each of these GPS receivers have their own drivers, they all work extremely well with Microsoft Streets and Trips. This seems to be a bit more reliable and user friendly than the native drivers, but it will cost you and additional $39.99, and favors XP. Prices courtesy of Amazon.com
GPS USB Navigation Receiver By Ambicom – $46.99
This USB receiver is a fairly compact unit. It’s water resistant for the adventurous sort, and has a battery back-up. Vista users should proceed with caution, however as the driver seems to have software conflicts with the newest operating system.
USGlobalSat Serial GPS Receiver – $48.45
This laptop GPS uses a serial port rather than USB, and it’s been on the market a couple of years. However, it has the added benefit of a series of cable kits – available separately – for your PDA, PS2, or smartphone for ultimate portability.
Rikaline GPS-6010 USB GPS receiver – $39.99
This is the cheapest model on the list. Particularly handy here is the fact that this receiver is waterproof up to a one meter depth. This one won’t get killed in a summer storm. It also wins my personal approval award for being Windows, Mac, and Linux compatible. The low price point and high compatibility make this a versatile choice for laptop GPS navigation
USGlobalSat BU-353 WaterProof WAAS Enabled USB GPS Receiver – $79.99
This receiver is somewhat more expensive than some of your other laptop navigation options, but it does plug and play very well. It also seems to have a better time with Vista than others, making it a good choice for those users. Another good choice for those seeking a waterproof model as well.
DeLorme Earthmate GPS LT-40 2009 – $69.99
Now here is a model to put one in a quandary. The receiver supports Vista and XP, as well as PDAs. It also boast support for “touchscreen phones” however. No word on if this includes iPhone Voice guided navigation and optional 3-D mode are nice touches. Also self corrects routes as you travel.