Mr Postman delivers: TomTom VIA 280

The courier dropped off the TomTom VIA 280 GPS portable navigation device (PND) for review. The VIA range is the new family of PNDs that TomTom just introduced to Singapore this week.

TomTom VIA 280 (Click to see the other accessories), the screen display here is a sticker.

TomTom VIA 280, the screen display here is a sticker.

TomTom has been selling the XL 250, XXL 550 and GO 750 PNDs in Singapore.This week, it introduced the GO 2050 and GI 2050 World, as well as the VIA 220, VIA 260 and VIA 280.

Only three components in the box: the main unit, the USB cable and the cigartette plug.

Only three components in the box: the main unit, the USB cable and the cigartette plug.

Compared to the GO family of PNDs, the VIA range represents the lower end, no-frills selection of PNDs.

I’d tried the GO 750 before and was impressed by it, but I was curious whether the VIA would cut it. Over the next week, I’ll be driving to Kuala Lumpur and back with the VIA 280 – and then I’ll let you know whether the VIA 280 is any good.

For now, a look at the new box of VIA 280 shows three parts: the main unit itself, the plug for the car’s cigarette lighter, and the USB cable which connects the main unit to the plug.

The same USB cable is also used to connect the main unit to the computer for software and map updates.

The integrated mount behind the TomTom VIA 280 comprises an adjustable suction disc.

The integrated mount behind the TomTom VIA 280 comprises an adjustable suction disc.

Behind the main unit is the integrated mount, with a suction disc. After connecting the cable, bend the suction disc outwards, press it against the windscreen and turn the knob around the disc to tighten the grip of the disc on the windscreen.

Then adjust the angle until the screen of the main unit is at the right viewing angle from the driver’s seat.

Press the power button behind the main unit and it’s ready to operate.

Tomorrow, I’ll be driving up to KL in the morning. We’ll see how it fares then.

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