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Alpine intros PMD-B200 Blackbird II GPS unit


It's getting close to two years since Alpine trotted out its music-playing PMD-B100 Blackbird GPS unit, but the company has now finally decided to deliver a follow-up. From the looks of it, the new PMD-B200 Blackbird II doesn't stray too far from the original in terms of form factor, with the exception of a slightly larger 4-inch 480 x 272 resolution display. Also getting an upgrade are the device's storage options, with an uncommonly spacious 10GB hard drive now included although, as NaviGadget points out, it's not entirely clear how much of that space is actually available for you to use. Otherwise, you can expect the usual MP3 and WMA audio options (no video, it seems), along with pre-loaded maps of the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada, an SD card slot for additional storage, and support for NAVTEQ's Traffic FM-RDS service (with a subscription, of course). If that'll do, you should be able to grab one of these now for about $700.

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