TomTom XL 340s
The TomTom XL 340s is a GPS navigator device that incorporates plug and go operating system. It also has an EasyPort mount and is RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver-ready. Other features include advanced lane guidance, loud and clear voice instructions, fast route (re-)calculation, points of interest, QuickGPSfix, and TomTom Home desktop software. The TomTom XL 340s measures 4.7 in x 3.2 in x 0.09 in (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs 7 ounces including the mount attached.
The TomTom XL 340s incorporates IQ Routes technology. Not only that, the TomTom XL 340s also has enhanced safety features such as a “Help Me!” menu to search for local emergency service information, and speed alerts for TomTom’s comprehensive maps which include speed limit data for many main roads. It operates on an internal lithium-ion battery that provides up to 3 hours of operation. Not only that, the TomTom XL 340s also incorporates a high sensitivity GPS chipset. There is also a 4.3 inch full TFT colour LCD touchscreen that supports up to 64000 colours with WQVGA resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The large speaker provides good audio quality and eliminates distortions for loud and clear instructions. The TomTom XL 340s also comes with pre-installed maps which have Points of Interest (POIs) from gas stations to hotels while the QuickGPSfix provides faster GPS connection with free updates downloaded through TomTom HOME.
“The TomTom XL 340 S sits at the top of the XL line and just below the premium GO line of TomTom portable navigation devices. The XL 340 S pulls down some of the most useful features of the GO lineup, such as Advanced Lane Guidance, text-to-speech functionality, and daily updates of local fuel prices–while staying well below the $300 price point.” (CNET, 2009)
“Indeed, while the 340S lacks higher-end goodies like Bluetooth and live traffic data (an optional $60 receiver adds the latter), it still delivers plenty of bang for your GPS buck and definitely won’t get you hopelessly lost. That is, unless you’re stuck on some weird South Pacific island that exists outside of normal space-time. Not even TomTom can help you there.” (Wired, 2009)
“The TomTom XL 340 is introduced with some advanced features compare to the midrange line up. The most optimistic feature is the lower price of the device.” (eTechReviews, 2009)