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A GPS device for the road and the golf course

February 14, 2012

There are GPS rangefinders and GPS vehicle navigation devices, but there is only one that conveniently combines the two: the new Expresso AG50s from Expresso Satellite Navigation, Inc.

"It's perfect for the snowbirds," company president Mike Aroney said. Or any other traveling golfer, for matter, providing them the means to find the golf course and to navigate their way around it once they've arrived.

"It comes pre-loaded with 26,000 courses," Aroney said. "We license the software from iGolf, so we use its database. It's perfect for a golf cart. It unfolds and fits into the cupholder. It's got a 3.75-inch bright screen with large callouts. It's got an incredible battery life, well over eight hours."

On the vehicle navigation side, it is pre-loaded with U.S. and Canadian maps provided by Map Tech, which is used as well by Garmin. It features text-to-speech, multiple destination route planning and more than six million points of interest.

The successor to the Expresso AG1, the AG50s cost is $199.

-- John Strege