A touchscreen model with quite a large screen, so allowing you to view a little more of the map. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this unit is the scrolling. There is never any delay when flicking the map. It never really stalls to refresh. The menu is simple with most features accessed from the main mapping page, although it has to be said that there aren’t many features at all. Aside from basic GPS functioning, such as waypoint finding and creating, and satellite position fix, there is a very basic trip record tucked away on another menu. The touchscreen can be a bit of a problem too. The unit tested really needed calibrating every couple of uses and typing anything into the touchscreen keyboard is a painful experience. The keys are too small and fiddly for fingers and the calibration can be too inaccurate for effective typing with the included stylus. The unit uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with spares available as optional extras – worth bearing in mind if you expect to be away from a charging point for a long time. Although battery charge levels aren’t quoted by Memory-Map, over the course of testing, the unit didn’t seem to have a particularly great battery life when compared with others. You can reduce the brightness of the screen, although with the brightness dialled right down it can be hard to see the screen. Helpfully, the 3500 does come complete with a range of accessories to help keep the touchscreen in good condition (the test unit did have some minor scratching after
a few uses) as well as charge it (car and mains chargers included). A key plus point for the unit is undoubtedly the pricing. The £380 price tag includes 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey mapping for the entire UK and the great option of downloading 2,000km2 of 1:25,000 scale for free as well.
Dimensions (cm): 7.5x12.2x2
Waterproof: Yes IPX7
PC/Mac-compatible: PC only
Battery: Rechargeable, interchangeable lithium polymer
Battery life (claimed): N/A
Contact: 0844 811 0950; www.memory-map.co.uk