Harman Kardon Launches Portable Navigation Device with 4″ WQVGA Widescreen Touchscreen Display. The Guide + Play GPS-300 Combines Intuitive Portable Navigation With Full Featured Digital Music Player
Harman Kardon today announced the introduction of its Guide + Play GPS-300, a portable GPS navigation device with integrated MP3/WMA playback capability. The unit utilizes a sleek, 4″ widescreen interface giving users access to a robust navigation system and digital music player with a simple touch of the screen. As one of only a small number of portable navigation devices capable of simultaneous music playback and navigation, the Guide + Play GPS-300 is the ideal device for portable entertainment and navigation needs.
Harman Kardon has leveraged its years of experience providing audio products for the home, computer and automotive markets to develop the Guide + Play GPS-300. The unit delivers an intuitive, consumer-friendly experience that provides a high-level of functionality and style. Clean design, a slim profile, and a crisp 4″ WQVGA LCD touchscreen make the Guide + Play GPS-300 attractive and functional.
“Early response to our recently-introduced Harman Kardon GPS-500, the first portable navigation device to incorporate a consumer-friendly digital audio and video player, has been very enthusiastic. With the GPS-300, customers who want full-coverage GPS navigation without a full-fledged video player can now get the high-speed performance, superior ease-of-use, and four-inch widescreen graphic display of the GPS-500 at the breakthrough price of $299.99. We believe this is the best value in the market.”
Harman Kardon’s GPS-300 incorporates the following:
- Tightly integrated navigation and digital music player applications for simultaneous use. Both applications work together, ensuring that important navigation information is audible and displayed, even when digital-music playback is in use. Users may also set volume priority between the two functions.
- An easy-to-use touchscreen interface that lets users find key features and toggle between device menus with ease. The GPS-300 also includes a “Points of Interest” search that lets users find directions to nearby popular points of interest, such as restaurants, coffee shops or bookstores, with a simple touch of a button.
- A 4-inch widescreen WQVGA LCD display for high-quality viewing of maps. The widescreen aspect ratio allows users to see a larger map view when in GPS mode than do most GPS devices currently on the market. Additionally, a 480 x 272-pixel screen resolution ensures a clear and crisp viewing experience for enjoying the digital music player menus and detailed maps. Users can access up to 4GB of music loaded onto mini SD cards. The device supports MP3 and WMA music formats.
- A pocket-sized, virtually invisible portable mount that secures the slim (19.6mm in depth) GPS-300 for automotive use. The mount features a ball-and-socket joint that provides an almost unlimited number of viewing angles, allowing users to position the GPS-300’s screen so that it can be seen from anywhere in the vehicle. The GPS-300 has up to five hours of battery life, 2GB of internal flash memory, up to 4GB optional external SD card flash memory, and a USB 2.0 full-speed interface, and includes a carrying case that’s perfect for travel. The GPS-300 can be charged via its USB port that is compatible with both PC’s and Macintosh computers, or an in-car cigarette-lighter cable – all of which are included with the unit.
Pricing and Availability
The Harman Kardon Guide + Play GPS-300 is compatible with all automobiles. It features a pocket-sized portable mount. The GPS-300 will be available at quality retailers nationwide and at http://www.guideandplay.com beginning June 2007; it has a suggested retail price of $299.99.
About Harman Consumer Group
The Harman Consumer Group (HCG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group’s brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.
HCG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International (http://www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HAR.”