Summary: I bought this to leave permanently on my laptop (I velcroed it on to the lid with a short USB cable). It works with MS Streets and Trips, Delorme Street Atlas, Google Earth (with Earth Bridge installed), and Pocket Stars. Pretty much everything I asked it to do. Small, accurate and works fine with Windows7.
Summary: i bought this item in the hopes of using it with microsoft streets and trips 2010. im very happy that it works just as i expected. great value for the money. small compact design and its cool how it lights up at night! the entire device glows blue!
Summary: The GPS-500 Sirf III is an excellent gps receiver for use with MS Streets and Trips. They work great if not tampered with. The last two I bought were pried open and had to be returned. Sellers, the SIRF III Chip inside is not useable elsewhere, so stop prying the units apart then selling on Ebay. I took back my negative rating of one seller for a refund, but will not do it again. In summary, an excellent and durable product.
Excellent reciever for MS MapPoint and laptop GPS Navigation.
9 September 2011
Summary: I bought this as a receiver for my laptop running MS Windows 7 along with MS MapPoint for GPS trip planning and navigation on the road. I prefer it over the factory model in my car/Acura which costs a fortune to keep upgraded and is very outdated even when you do update. I love this MS Pharos Unit with the adapter. It is completely 'Plug & Play'. The only think I would change would be to make it all one piece.
Summary: I bought this GPS unit and had problems getting the bluetooth to work. I downloaded the software upgrade from Pharos along with a few updated maps and it then worked flawlessly. Quick start-up and great software. I am using it with a Dell Axim X51V and have had it for about one month with no problems. I would recommend this unit to anyone who has a compatiable PDA.
Replacement for GPS-360 & much better than the GPS-168
5 March 2011
Summary: When traveling for work I use MS Streets & Trips on the laptop. Nothing like a large screen to look at when you're driving in a new town and don't have to carry a separate nav device like my TomTom GO 4CQ01. My 12+ yr old GPS-360 finally went bad when in DC and I had to purchase a GPS-168 because that's all BestBuy had. Of course I needed to also pick up an USB extension as well to make it useful in a car.
Summary: I use this with Windows Streets & Trips 2010 and love it!! It always hooks up with the GPS satalites (except in long tunnels but always reaquires immediatly upon leaving) and the ONLY problem I've found is don't trip and land on the black connector. It will break off inside and no repairing it... They do need to make a connection wire from USB to the unit directly and loose the connection hardware...
Summary: The GPS receiver works quite well and has a range far beyond the expected 10 meters. I have used it with my laptop (which was in the house running MS Streets & Trips) and taken the receiver outside to my back yard (about 60-70 feet through walls and such) and it still was connected to my laptop. The software is a little confusing and somewhat difficult to use.