Alpine's new PND-K3 GPS unit does it all, just like everybody else

There's nothing wrong with Alpine's new $550 PND-K3 Portable Navigation System, which was first unveiled at CES this January, there just isn't anything too stand-out either. The unit runs a 4.3-inch screen, sports maps of North America and related islands, includes a 3D view and 6 million points of interest, vocalizes turn-by-turn directions and street names, does Bluetooth hands-free and has moderate MP3 and WMA capabilities off its SD card slot. The "big" feature here is menu and map customization via 8 selectable color schemes, but the lack of live traffic info this price range isn't winning Alpine any points. If you're finding all this appealing, you should be able to pick one up as of today.