Navigon 2100 Gps Review

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Navigon announced the release of a new gps system that is very affordable called the Navigon 2100. With an MSRP of $249, this new system is among one of the only products in that price range price range that offers spoken driving directions and street names with advanced text to speech technology.

This new gps navigation system should be available sometime this fall and will not surprise us if you will be able to get it for under $200 (Black Friday deals have this system at $99). Some of its features include:

  • Ultra-slender, portable design with an easy-to-read 3.5″ screen
  • Extra guidance with exclusive 3D Reality View
  • Text-to-Speech technology offers spoken turn-by-turn directions and street names so you can keep your eyes on the road
  • Intuitive touch-screen menus and stunning 2D and 3D maps



You can also watch a short video demonstration of the Navigon 2100 from the manufacturer

Download a pdf document of the Navigon 2100 datasheet

You can also see this review from CNET. (6.3 out of 10)The bottom line: Though the affordable price tag and text-to-speech functionality are nice, the Navigon 2100′s sluggish performance and roundabout route recalculations are a turn off; you can get a better entry-level portable navigation device in the Mio C230.

If you already have one of these you can update your Navigon 2100, 5100 or 7100 for free by registering your system.

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48 Comments

  1. JJ

    I have a higher end 7100. the text to speech is terrible. won’t do half the streets. US Navigon support is terrible.

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  2. Pat

    Yes they totally suck, my friend got one of these and he could not get any support at all, I would keep away from them at least in the near future

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  3. dave

    whats wrong with the 2100

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  4. Dave

    I dont see what is wrong with the unit? I just got one and it did a great job of speaking the road names and getting me to my destination…

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  5. Sean

    I don’t believe anyone is saying that the unit is terrible, I also have one and it does what it is supposed to do but the support from the company is really bad, I called them once to ask about some features and they put me on hold for such a long time that I had to hang up

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  6. Dave

    Well I read another site and it said that the salesman in the store claimed everyone who bought on returned them so that should tell us something.. Now that its on sale for $179 at staples I think its a great deal.. I just need to run it through some testing to see how it compares to my other GPS that I love..

    I sent the company an email asking some questions. Lets see if it gets responded to.

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  7. Michael Copeland

    I would like to purchase the model 7100 with the real-time traffic updates. Can anyone tell me if it’s worth the $300? Or should I get the 2100 for $180? Thank You.

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  8. Grant

    I have the Navigon 2100 and it works ok, but if I were to get a gps system for more than $300, I would be looking at a Garmin or something else

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  9. Dave

    Well I have the Navigon 2100 and also another brand. I am leaning that I like the navigon right now. but only had it for 2 days and havent made many trips to test it out all the way. but so far its good for a $179 unit with text to speech etc

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  10. Brian

    I’m looking to pick up the Navigon 2100 at staples for $179. Is it worth the purchase?

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  11. Dave

    WEll I have one along with the traffic.. if they can do a software update and fix a few issues ut will be great.. here is what I dont like

    1. no auto-power off. You have to remember to turn it off. it should detect when there is no power to the cig cord and turn off or go into standby and then turn back on when there is power.

    2. Its missing some POI places.. Specifically Rite Aid and CVS. I was right at a rite aid today and it didnt have any listing for them. I dont use POI all that much but it should have places like that

    3. Automatic night/day setting. I have another brand GPS and it knows when its night and adjusts the screen and it knows when its daytime and adjusts the screen. on the 2100 you have to select night or day mode….

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  12. Brian

    Thanks for the information, I didn’t know about any of that. Would you recommend another GPS device in this price range?

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  13. Brian

    I took the plunge and ordered one from Staples. I received my unit last night and tested it today while driving to work. Obviously, I knew where I was going, but I wanted to test out how good it re-reoute. I have to say it did a pretty good job. It didn’t ask me once to make a U-turn and actually had a few POI’s that I didn’t expect it to pick up, but ignored some I thought it would.

    For the most part, every gas station I drove by came up on the screen including the name. Like Dave mentioned before, it could be better if some options were automated like the day/night settings.

    It doesn’t include a manual, just a quick start reference document, so be prepared to play it with it before actually using it. Well, it wouldn’t be a good idea to play with it while driving anyway.

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  14. Mike H.

    I’m looking to purchase my first GPS, will the Navigon 2100 be a good starter unit. I don’t need a buch of fancy features but the ones I’ve read that the 2100 has seem to be sufficient. In comparison with other brands in the $200 – $300 range how would yhuou rate it?

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  15. Tommy J

    I just got it and it seems to have a very low number of POI’s and the mounting system does not seem strong. Apart from that, the price on this system is very nice.

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  16. Brian

    For a starter GPS and for the price, I can’t complain. Depending on the manufacturer, the only thing I’ve seen different is the inclusion of MP3 playback and such. I already have an MP3 player so I didn’t want to spend the extra money for a feature I didn’t need.

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  17. Mark

    I picked one up yesterday….

    as it happens, I had a M3225 and the 2100T to play with on a 80+ mile trip home.

    Here’s my impressions:

    In 3d mode, the 2100T displays more information, road names/exc then the M3225 would. While the latter would allow you to zoom in/out in 2d/3d mode, the 2100T’s 3D zoom is not adjustable.

    There were a number of options on the route where turning left or right would eventually get me where I needed to go, the 2100T picked the roads I would of picked, the M3225 sometimes picked other options.

    I like the fact that you can DISABLE UTurns. When going past a turn, the M3225 defaults to “make a legal uturn” instruction (illegal ANYWHERE in Oregon) while the 2100T started routing ahead a few streets down to get me back on track.

    I took a few detours to see how each one of them handled it. The M3225 seemed to do a better job of giving up on the last calculated route and rerouting me via my current direction then the 2100T did. (I decided to take a more direct backroad path then using highways and the 2100T kept attempting to get me back on the highway. After 1-2 miles of “on the next street turn xxx” it gave up and recalculated to match the M3225s route)

    Interestingly, the 2100T noticed I was off route faster than the M3225. While glancing at the screen(s) during the trip, I liked the speed, posted speed and TIME displayed (the gps shadows my onboard clock). The M3225 just did not have as much information available to display.

    I’ll have to admit, the M3225 is easier to operate and has a more “polished” interface then the 2100T. That aside, the 2100T has WAY more options, including the “traffic hazard reports” that show up on the map!!

    Given that I was able to get the 2100T for 1/2 the price of the M3225, I think I’m keeping the 2100 and returning the Maestro for a refund.

    (now if I can only get a bunch more POI’s on the thing….)

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  18. Dave

    Over the past few days I have been using the 2100T and I must say its nice.. HOWEVER on 2 of the trips I have made it took me way off the route down a few side streets to get me to the main road which I could have just stayed straight and been at the same main road but at an even closer location. I dont understand why the unit wont pick the most direct route and wants me to get off a main road and go into little side streets.. I am thinking I will return it and get the NUVI 260 GPS with TTS.. I dont really need the traffic feature..

    is the NUVI 260 any better at routing??

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  19. gpsdock

    Navigon and Garmin both use Navteq maps, however Garmins have a better routing engine than Navigon.

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  20. Dave

    Well, I know I mentioned about the quirky routing but today, again, I did some more testing and had my Magellan 2000 and the navigon 2100 side by side .. 95% of the time the navigon was dead on with the correct route. Only about 5% of the time did it go to some crazy small side street that is not needed.. HOWEVER, my magellan did some crazy routing today and it took me ways I normally didnt go or it wouldnt be the best or faster route in my opinion… I think I am sticking with it.. for $99 its a steal! I figured I will get another GPS and find quirks in the routing as well. HOWEVER, what would be nice is a GPS where you could save an updated ROUTE for the next time you travel there…

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  21. Jim

    I purchased the 2100 as well as the Tom Tom one on black friday, i have been using these two with my current unit which i purchased at Sams a while back. at first i was leaning toward the tom tom however after a long trip this weekend with all three on the dash i think i will be keeping the Navigon. the maps are more accurate then the tomtom and the features of the 2100t is great. i have spent sereval hours trying to update the mapping software in the tomtom and have gotten sereval errors. the 2100 could use another million or two POI’s.

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  22. Guy

    I was able to get a 2100 on BF from staples for $99. I can say it’s not a good $200+ GPS. For the $99 it’s a toy compared to my Garmin. With the small screen it needs bigger buttons because it seems you have to do allot of typing.

    I do like the text to speech for a few dollars more you could get a Garmin C340 that has tts.

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  23. Dave

    Is there amy other 250 or under GPS that has TTS, traffic WITHOUT a MONTHLY or YEARLY FEE) and the other features the navigon has? I couldnt find anything.. I really like the nacigon for what it does and what I paid..

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  24. Guy

    The Navigon is okay, with time will come improvements. Overall it does what it is supposed to some if not most of the time. However the interface is not as fluid and easy to use as say the Garmin. The C series is truly open the box and use no need for instructions.

    I do like the 2100 and hope for updates making it better.

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  25. Brian

    As Dave said, you really can’t find any other GPS with TTS for such a low price. The fact that I can upgrade to Zagat’s and traffic for a singly fee is a bonus since I love taking weekend trips far from home. I don’t want to spend $200+ for similar features and then spend another few bucks a year for a yearly subscription.

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  26. nancy

    Just received this as a gift and have to return it because it was defective (battery) –no big deal, that happens. However, after calling the company’s customer service center I was informed that they are not yet set up to handle returns or exchanges. When I asked when they expect things to be “set up,” I was told that they were working on it and it should be ready in the “near future.” I’m returning it to HSN because it’s within the time frame and I’m not taking a chance with a replacement. What happens in say 6 months if I have a problem. Too bad, it looked like a nice system.

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  27. Betty Coursey

    Is the only way to charge the battery in the Navigon is using the cigarette lighter in the car or is there some type of charger that can be purchased???

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  28. Brian

    You can buy a wall adaptor, or you can use the USB from your PC, but will take a bit longer that way.

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  29. Navigon/Garmin

    I purchased the Navigon and Garmin. The Navigon has a lot of impressive features, but the Garmin is easier to use. The Garmin has bigger buttons, but the Navigon shows you a lot more. For example, you can see all of the gas stations. The Navigon has small buttons, while the Garmin has bigger buttons. For some reason, it seems as though the Garmin is much louder. The Navigon does not come with an instructional manual only a quick reference. It will take you time to figure the features out because you dont have a manual.

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  30. Tom W

    I bought a Navigon 2100 at Fry’s in Chicago, right after Thanksgiving. (Unfortunately, I didn’t do any research in advance, so I paid the full $249 MSRP for it.) Still, I feel like it really does offer more features/capabilities for the money than the competition in its price range.

    I couldn’t find much for sale locally, under the $250 price range, that had traffic support and text-to-speech.

    The 2100 uses the Sirfstar III GPS chip too, which really is a requirement nowdays, IMHO. This chip uses less power than anything else out there and can get a “fix” on your location much more quickly than older processors could.

    I owned a Lowrance iWay 500c before this, and it was a $600 or so unit. Other than having a better quality speaker and a larger touchscreen, the Navigon soundly beat it in speed of acquiring a signal, accuracy of its maps, and its ability to run on a battery.

    I really like the Navigon’s ability to draw arrows showing which lane you need to be in on highways when off-ramps are approaching, too.

    My biggest complaints? Two big ones come to mind. First, the thing is sluggish to respond to keypresses and do lookups. Even when doing something as simple as keying in a street house number, you press 1 digit, and have to wait a couple seconds for it to register it so you can enter the next digit. Frustrating! Second, the small screen makes it difficult to select things. Navigon did a good job trying to cram everything on the display as logically and as well-placed as they could. But ultimately, there’s just too much data to be displayed. You’ll accidentally select a location when you mean to press the arrow to scroll down, etc. etc.

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  31. Mark Chambers

    I own a Navigon 2100 sure is sleek and pretty. Too bad it’s dead! Navigon knows the units have issues and said they would give me a call if and when they figure it out. Could be weeks, months, who knows? Meanwhile I can’t even return it for a working unit or my money back. Unbelievable

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  32. Tom W

    Yeah Mark, I’ve come to realize that is the case with Navigon…. totally lacking in the area of customer support.

    My 2100 was missing the card that was supposed to be in the box giving you a product code to type in on Navigon’s web page, in order to purchase the traffic add-on for it. I called cust. service and was told “We left some of those cards out of the boxes, because we just ran out of them due to the high demand for the unit.” (Uh, ok… so it’s considered “acceptable” quality control to sell incomplete items in the boxes if you run out of things now?)

    The guy I spoke with promised they’d “look into” getting me a code and someone would call me back. Well, nobody did for a couple days, so I did my own research and found some people selling the traffic activation cards on eBay (for less than Navigon’s price!). I just bought one of them and got it up and running.

    Finally, someone from Navigon cust. service did call back – but all he had to say was “We can’t help you. You need to call Fry’s, where you purchased the unit, and have them give you another card.”

    Regarding your dead 2100 though, did you already try resetting it by pushing a straightened paper-clip into the little place on the side of the unit with a “reset” switch in it? Just a thought.

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  33. Mark Chambers

    Tom,
    Yup, tried a reset several dozen times before I called tech support. This is actually a known problem according to them, they just haven’t decided what they are going to do about it. I’m afraid their solution is going to be “ignore it and hope it goes away”. I just hope anyone contemplating a Navigon product will read some of these posts and avoid this horrible, horrible company.

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  34. Purigen

    I just bought a Navigon 7100. Right out of the box I had problems with the dash mount and torn suction cups on the exteral antenna wire for the traffic alerts. The dash mount release button broke on my first attempt to remove the unit from the mount. After many emails and phone calls I gave up and returned the product. I could not believe how unprofessional their support was. Then started doing more research on another automotive GPS unit. I decided on the TT 920T – - OH MY Gosh……what a difference.

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  35. Damian

    Everything on unit works in a decent way…The biggest problem is the lack of POI. I have found my self in situations where I had the need to find a Publix (big supermarket chain down south) or a UPS store and system has returned with no items at all which is pretty lame considering that those are big fortune 500 companies.

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  36. Brian

    I just visited the Navigon website and they have a new feature called FreshMaps.
    Keep up with life’s changes.

    Roads reconfigure. POIs change every day. Our maps undergo more than 150 million map updates annually. Make sure you keep ahead of the pack with the most up-to-date maps available:

    No one offers this many field-verified map updates. NAVIGON FreshMaps are road-tested and quality-controlled at the source. Map updates you can trust.

    * Regular map and POI updates for accurate navigation
    * Up to 12 quality updates over three years
    * Field-tested by NAVTEQ and quality-controlled at the source
    * Simple activation process – no monthly or hidden fees
    * Easy to use and download updates
    * Compatible with all NAVIGON devices

    I haven’t tried it myself, but it’s available for $79.99 on their site.

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  37. Robert G Baxter

    We need written instruction’s on operation’s of this Navigon 2100. Not enough instuction with this unit. Not even a 800 number. Never had anything that didn’t have instuction’s with it before!!! But seem’s as if I have one now.

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  38. Tom Wyrick

    Robert, the Navigon doesn’t come with much of anything for instructions in the box – but the entire manual is available to download and print out (if you like) on Navigon’s web site.

    This has been quite common for years now in the world of computer products. It saves money to just post a scanned copy of the printed manual on the Internet, vs. paying a printing place to run off thousands of printed manuals to package in with each box (making the boxes heavier and most costly to ship to customers too).

    I know it’s a little inconvenient, and some people just like having a professionally printed instruction book. But I’m actually ok with this practice, all in all. It can be really handy if you need to see the instructions and you’re not at the location you left your printed manual. You can just go download another one to look at.

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  39. Great Deal

    I had recently purchased the Navigon 2100 from Staples for $120! Which seems to be the cheapest I’ve found it so far. The unit in my opinion is accurate and great all around. Only problems I have with it:

    Rather difficult to input address info; (something you don’t want to do driving)
    Not many POI’s; (I’d like to see more)

    Other than that, it is great!
    Don’t hesitate to get one.

    PS: I use a small strip of velcro vs the suction cup and works better and is easier to remove.

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  40. Amy

    We just purchaced the Navigon 2100Max. ($249 at RadioShack) There are many options that you can choose to have one or “select” (which I personally love) such as the POI’s … you can choose which ones you want to see and which ones you don’t. All a matter of checking a box. My fiancee, however is a bit frustrated with it. We have never used a GPS system let alone bought one so it has been a learning experience for the both of us. He takes a certain route to work everyday and the unit told him to go a funny way that he didn’t agree with. (No big deal in my opinion!!) But he is to the point of taking the unit back. Do all units ($$ and not so $$) give you funny directions sometimes? We have gotten directions from Mapquest.com and Googlemaps.com and more often than not they will give you a more accurate route. Why do the GPS unit differ? Please someone help a newbie!! I know some things but still very green to the important stuff!!

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  41. gpsdock

    The routing engine is the software on a GPS that decides which route the unit should choose to get from one location to another. If comparisons are done between Gps systems, most results usually put Garmin machines as having the best routing engines

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  42. Tom Wyrick

    Amy, have you experimented with the option to change the way routes are calculated? I don’t have my Navigon in front of me at the moment, but I recall it having about 4 different ways you could calculate routes – including things like “quickest” or “preferred”.

    I found that sometimes, I could prevent it from coming up with some rather odd routes if I picked a different default from those choices. You may have to play with that to see if a particular setting generally calculates more “sensible” routes for you.

    I’d also agree that the Garmin does a pretty good job with routing, all in all. I used one of their GPS’s pretty extensively, a couple years ago. It, too, sometimes did wacky stuff though, like routing me through sub-divisions full of twists and turns, just to come back out on a main road I would have been FAR better off getting to another way. To an extent, it’s the nature of these devices. You can minimize it but not eliminate it.

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  43. jane avril

    I thin for the money you can’t go wrong with the Navigon. Garmins are way too expensive and don’t do anything better than the 2100

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  44. annc

    Does anyone know where to send a Navigon 2100 GPS off to so it can get repaired? I can't get any answers from technical support because they can only be contacted by email. I have emailed them three times and have never gotten a response. I bought my GPS at Radio Shack and they sent it off to their repair people and they had it for three weeks. When I went to pick it up they said I had to sent it to Navigon to get fixed, and they didn't know the address. My warranty is up at the end of this month and i can't get any answers. If anyone knows where to send your GPS off to so it can get fixed I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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  45. Terrie Hall

    i bought a navigon off of a friend but she had no instructions to it. how can i get the instructions?

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