Rand McNally is changing the GPS navigation industry with it’s OverDryve 7, a tablet-like device that serves as a functional tech dashboard for both professional and amateur drivers. Those that don’t have vehicles equipped with the latest Wi-Fi technology have a ready solution. The device provides entertainment and internet connectivity in combination with Rand McNally’s famous mapping capability. The result is a complete driving experience that includes GPS routing and preloaded trucker apps to make all your trips easier and more pleasant.
The backlit 7″ LCD screen offers an impressive 1280 x 800 high resolution color display in all lighting conditions, captured in a sleek design. The OverDryve 7 includes 2 GB of operating RAM and 32 GB of data storage. The unit provides a 16 GB micro SD slot so you can add additional software functions compatible with Rand McNally’s tech. This also provides plenty of room for a library of music.
You can plug this GPS unit into your vehicle power or disconnect and take it with you wherever you go, thanks to a rechargeable 3950 mAH battery allowing up to 6-hours of use. Dimensions of roughly 4.5″ x 7″ x 1″ and one pound in weight make it easy to slip the OverDryve 7 into a pocket or bag. But it’s also heavy enough for it’s size that you get the instant impression of very solidly construction for years to come on the road.
It comes with both magnetic and suction cup mounts so you can easily place it anywhere that’s comfortable for you, either on the windshield or dash. You can change the viewing angle with a handy compass feature. The unit also ships with mounting brackets for the FM antenna/transmitter, an auxiliary cable, charger, anti-glare screen cover, and easy-to-follow user guide.
You get all the GPS truck navigation functionality you expect, such as the ability to plan and adjust routes, locate points of interest, and receive hazard alerts and warnings. It also includes a logbook for recording your hours and other trip information. You get lifetime access to Rand McNally’s extensive and detailed atlas covering the entire U.S. and other areas of North America. The map features are very clear and crisp. The OverDryve 7 menu is also designed for easy and intuitive use. You can see important details or access most features with a single command.
You simply switch over to tablet mode for access to entertainment features like SiriusXM radio. A steady Wi-Fi connection allows you to listen to music or surf the web when it’s time to stop and relax. If you choose, you can also download game apps or stream music, podcasts, or audio books. The OverDryve 7 provides voice command capability and voice assistance through Siri/Google for hands-free calling, texting, and navigation. Features also include Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility that will sync easily with most smartphones.
The unit comes with a built-in 8-megapixel dash cam. This allows you to capture high-resolution photos and video. The OverDryve 7 also includes a self-facing 2-megapixel camera for filming yourself, if you choose. You can also sync the device with a range of wireless products to add a backup camera to the system.
Along with the trucker’s mapping an directional assistance, this device includes full Wi-Fi tablet functionality and can even serve as a compact media system from it’s quality 2 and 3-watt speakers. The audio features are great, allowing your device to connect by auxiliary jacks and USB connections so you can channel the audio output through your vehicle’s radio and sound system or over external devices and speakers.
You can even transmit the broadcast from your GPS navigator straight to the radio, though the sound quality isn’t quite as good and will suffer with distance. Over a direct link, the sound output is excellent. You can even stream video to a device with a larger screen with an HDMI cable.
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Even so, the OverDryve 7 is primarily designed for truckers. If you want a vehicle entertainment system, you should buy one. But you get those benefits built into this navigator to make your time on the road more enjoyable, without skimping on the navigational tools that provide a smoother and more reliable driving experience. The OverDryve 7 is still a great choice even if a good, dependable navigation system is all you’re looking for. Even the magnetic mounts are strong enough so that your OverDryve 7 will rest securely on your dash on rough pavement.
Rand McNally’s mapping software is as good as you’ll find, and your vehicle’s movement is constantly refreshed via the GPS technology so that changing map views and directions are seamlessly updated. You’ll receive live traffic updates. Driving directions are clear and easy to follow. It will integrate with other trucker apps such as vehicle diagnostic monitoring that work over Bluetooth.
You should check with Rand McNally for questions on third-party software compatibility. Rand McNally’s website includes an FAQ page, but it isn’t as comprehensive as it should be.
The OverDryve 7 was basically created to add luxury tech features to what was already excellent GPS navigation capability. And it succeeds.
If there’s any drawback to the OverDryve 7, it’s that the device is a little slow on some of those luxury features even in tablet mode, such as reading from a micro SD card with a lot of data, or syncing up with certain Wi-Fi devices. You may also find that the audio picks up some interference, especially with the magnetic “Smart Mount” feature.
Rand McNally has packed a lot of technology into this small, handsome unit. With all it can do in terms of GPS navigator abilities and those luxury features, you may find it’s one of the best, most versatile units you can buy. Still, don’t forget that the OverDryve 7 is built as a trucker’s tool, first and foremost. It fulfills that function well.