Here is the raw deal, coming from someone that never leaves reviews. I feel this unit needs it. Now Wal-Mart has had many items that have filled a multimedia void and that had gaps and void in operation that I felt were not buying. You have to realize this review is coming from some one that has over 10 years in multimedia production, engineering and implementation. I know my Gadgets and almost all on the market for the last 10 years. I am in no way A know it all, but in some genres I do consider myself an Expert in some aspects. For anyone that is even considering purchasing this unit I will give you the low down. This unit will get the praise and accommodations from me that it deserves. Now, down to the nitty gritty. I will start off with the negatives first because there honestly is so few of them. Then I will move along to what works amazing and little quirks I can deal with. First off the bat VR3 is a division of Roadmaster and pretty much replaced their old very popular junk Brand Kraco from the 70’s and 80’s. That is about all there is for bad, honestly. There are quite a few things that I can live with, but would rather different. The audio from any file whether it is audio or video plays while the Gps is working flawlessly, but when u try to change the volume while the GPS is on the screen it changes the volume for the GPS and not the audio. “I can live with that.” When trying to navigate the files of any type if the name is too long then the file name is cut off. They do provide a one line up the top that will display the whole name of the file highlighted. “I can live with that.” The GPS text that displays the time current, eta, and mileage is not too small but smaller than my MIO Digiwalker C320. “I can live with that.” The reason I say that is that the interface and pretty much the whole entire GPS portion of this unit is exactly and I mean “exactly” like the MIO Digiwalker C230 that I have recently upgraded to the MIO Digiwalker C320. I looked up a bunch of my customers with the search feature on the POI and found everyone I could think of. I used them both and at the same exact time and the VR3 was actual more responsive and a few seconds quicker than the MIO. That is pretty important when your hauling but and it is time to turn. Now I know this unit is missing 2 key components TV tuner and Bluetooth. For one I wear a Plantronics about 16 hours a day and love it. The second is all TV in 2009 is going digital so the tuner would render useless. A separate tuner is my best bet anyways. The video is very smooth and the LCD quality is much better than my PDA with the same size screen. The Mio is a 4.3” LCD and the VR3 is a 4” but not really much at all. The video of DIVX files is stretched out from 4:3 to 16:9 and no way of correcting it permanently that I could find. It is 3AM and I just installed it at midnight. They advertise 180 watts max and 23W RMS X 4, but on the unit it clearly says 16W RMS X 4, but here is the catch. I had a premium Chrysler 6 disc in-dash with a stock amp powering my Polk and Boston acoustics and it sounded good. When I finally connected just my front speakers with this it was louder and cleaner than it ever was on the stock system and it was only on volume level 12 out of I think 50. When I crank this thing up only half way it sounds like these Boston Acoustics should sound clean and crisp. I was absolutely shocked at the deep lows I was getting and the crystal highs. It does everything I want. Roadmaster / VR3 usually makes junk, but here is where it gets interesting this unit seems to be manufactured by a company called Cydle and the whole unit runs on Windows CE 6. There are a lot of these types of units on the market similar to this, but none come with GPS. Solid 5 Star, to this unit everything works and this quite possibly can bring a whole new market of dedicated customers to VR3. Don’t get me wrong this is not Pioneer Elite competitor at all, but some regular pioneer stuff possibly. At one third the cost, this unit in consideration really runs a good race. If VR3 keeps rebranding components with this caliber of quality I will certainly buy many more products from them. I expect some units might come DOA maybe something don’t work properly. Take it back and exchange for a new one. It is absolutely worth the extra trip. I just installed it tonight, so no way of knowing when thing will go wrong, trust me they will eventually. There are mechanical parts that have to one day fail. I was just testing this unit, but I am keeping it.
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