Our resident Gadget Inspector passes his time testing the latest products, books, gadgets and gizmos so that you don’t have to.
For lovers of everything Jaguar, the latest fourth edition of Jaguar: All the cars, by Nigel Thorley, is a 392-page encyclopedia with a complete listing of all Jaguar models and specifications. First published in 2003, it has been significantly enhanced and brought up to date to even include the newest addition to the line-up, the F-Pace. Anyone looking to buy a Jaguar, of any age or era, would be well advised to pick up a copy of this book, as it gives you all the essential detail and decodes the jargon associated with the British cars. Thereís also the background and development history of every Jaguar production model, from 1931 right up to the current day. Priced at £40 plus postage and packaging, it is available direct from legendary book publishers Veloce. Call them on 01305 260068 or visit the website at www.veloce.co.uk. Don’t linger there too long, itíll cost you a fortune!
If youíve ever thought about fitting a tracking device to your car, but have been put off by the high costs associated with it, a new system called Amber Connect has been announced by Viezu Technologies. The box is priced from £140 and is contract-free, with ongoing data charges estimated at less than £2 per month. It allows owners to keep track of their car via a smartphone application or via a website, and is particularly handy if the car is used by multiple drivers and you want to monitor its whereabouts and usage patterns, as well as invaluable information like the vehicleís speed, or when harsh braking and acceleration occurs. In the event of the car being stolen, the system can even remotely cut off power to the carís engine, rendering the car immobile while you alert the Police. But far from being suitable only for cars, the Amber Connect is suitable for caravans, trailers or boats, and can be tracked in exactly the same way as a car would be. Fitting instructions are supplied with the product, or it can be fitted by one of Viezuís 120 authorised dealers in around an hour, obviously at extra cost. More information is available online at www.amberconnect.co.uk or by calling 01789 774413.
As each new car is launched, it boasts of greater connectivity with this, better harmonisation with that, but what if you quite like your current car, but would like a technology upgrade for music and to include navigation. A new top-of-the-range system from Clarion is a double-DIN system with CD, DVD, radio and navigation sources, with the option of DAB radio via a separate add-on box. Thereís a seven-inch colour touchscreen, which reduces the complication and number of buttons on the unit, and owners can fine-tune the display to harmonise better with the dashboard on their car. The mapping is provided by iGo Nextgen and includes realistic 3D landscapes and building renderings, turn-by-turn voice prompts, and pre-loaded points of interest. Itís Bluetooth mobile phone compatible, too, which allows the streaming of music, and for iPhone users, thereís Siri voice control compatibility, too. The unit is relatively futureproof, with expansion options for an amplifier, TV tuner and rear view camera, as well as the addition of screens for rear seat passengers to watch, too. The Clarion NX706E is available to buy now for £799, with more information available online at www.clarion.co.uk or by calling 01793 859560.