Arkon CM910 Treo Vehicle Mount + GPS
I just received my new Arkon CM910 Vehicle Mount Kit and naturally I immediately began comparing it to the other ones that I have.
I expected no more than a ‘mild’ improvement but to my pleasant surprise the Arkon (below left) actually proved to be ‘far’ superior. For starters, the overall build quality is excellent and the cradle with expandable arms has some thick neopreone to comfortably cushion your Treo on its side and bottom arms.
However, the part where the Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit ($29.95) really shines is with its pedestal (below on top) which is much more robust when compared to, for example, the one that comes included in the Palm GPS Navigator Bundle for the Treo 650.
Among others, the pedestal has a much larger suction cup area for better adhesion to your windshield, the clip to lock the suction cup is also much larger and more comfortable to use, the flexible arm is more solid, it has a tightening ring with which you can adjust the angle of the cradle and finally the attachment for the cradle is much easier to to insert and remove. The package also includes a vent mount assembly as well as a console/dash adhesive disc.
Naturally, once you’ve mounted your Treo in the car you’ll undoubtedly also want to be able to power it with a car charger (from $12.95).
If you don’t currently have either a car mount or car charger for your Treo (with a combined value of some $50) and have been considering the purchase of a GPS navigation kit for your Treo 650 (see Treo GPS: My Favourite Accessory of the Year) then you should undoubtedly consider getting the Palm GPS Navigator Bundle.
With the Palm GPS Navigator Bundle ($239.95) you’re essentially getting a very good GPS unit for only $40 when you consider the value of the included software and accesories below:
- Bluetooth GPS Unit
- TomTom Navigation Software ($149.95 value)
- Car Mount ($29.95 value)
- Dual Treo+GPS car charger ($19.95 value)
However, if money is not an issue then like me you may prefer:
- For Treo 650: the TomTom Navigator 5 GPS Bundle ($299.95)
- For Treo 700w: the CoPilot Live Pocket PC 6 GPS Bundle ($299.95)
To either of the above I would then recommend you add the Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit and a separate Treo car charger (for a total of some $350). You may also need a Dual Vehicle Outlet Splitter at $14.95 so as to be able to charge both your Treo and GPS unit simultaneously.
Treonauts always find the right solutions…