USB GPS Receiver

Any USB GPS receiver is essentially a GPS system has to connect to a computer to function. They are primarily made for people with laptops, and they are both powered by and connected to a computer when they are functioning. Most USB GPS receivers cannot work independently, as they are essentially just the antenna portion of a GPS system. They are made to receive a GPS signal and then transmit that signal into a software program (which usually comes with the device) that is capable of recognizing that data and converting it into a message that we can understand.

USB GPS receivers generally work in the same way as any other GPS receiver, except that their interface is the computer they connect to. This is in contrast to the average GPS navigation system, which usually comes with its own visual interface. A GPS receiver is basically a normal navigation system without the screen and the software needed to interpret the signal it receives. That software will need to be installed on your computer to work. Unlike most USB devices, which can be automatically installed, the USB GPS receiver actually needs separate program, and not just a driver, to work on a computer. That’s because the mapping and tracking functions of a GPS device are not part of the typical function of most personal computers.

However, this is slowly changing, and USB GPS receivers are becoming rarer as time goes on. This is because, as GPS technology advances, the size of GPS receivers is shrinking, and they are more able to go into computers. This has not been a problem with desktops for a few years now, but those systems are rarely taken on the road, much less set up on the road, and as such, GPS connectivity is rarely needed. However, new laptops are capable of carrying GPS receivers in them, which circumvents the need for USB GPS receivers entirely.

This compounds the original problem with GPS receivers that connect through a USB port: they are a fairly niche product to begin with. GPS receivers are less expensive than a full navigation system, but if the point is to take them on the road, they’re also much less effective. Unless you use your laptop on the road frequently, you’ll likely have to buy a car power adapter to even power your laptop, which will offset much of the price difference that a GPS receiver gives the consumer. In addition, the size of a notebook computer means that they are much more unwieldy and inconvenient to the driver or passenger using it.

Another element that makes USB GPS receivers even less of a selling product is the fact that GPS systems are now commonly being found in cell phones. As if the added convenience of a GPS navigation system wasn’t enough to discourage laptop users, the ease of having a phone is very helpful to many users.

However, USB GPS receivers do still have advantages for some users. First of all, they can be a great way of planning routes if you don’t have internet access. The prevalence of Web sites that can generate maps and routes often supersedes GPS systems, but for those who travel a lot, an internet connection is not always available, and GPS system in a laptop can be very convenient. They are also very useful for people who go on boat trips, as GPS systems can find longitude and latitude coordinates in seconds, and not all GPS systems that are sold in stores or come with other devices are come with that basic function.

In this case, the main incentive in buying USB GPS receivers is in the price. They generally cost less than $50 USD, which is a huge improvement over the more expensive GPS systems, which can cost hundreds of dollars.

This USB GPS Receiver Review is Written/Updated on May 19th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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