Alpine Electronics has launched a new in-car GPS product called the Alpine PND-K3msn. The Alpine PND-K3msn has many of the same features as its predecessor, the Alpine PND-K3. Its still has the same navigation features, text-to-speech functionality, Bluetooth, and highway junction view. The only difference between the two is MSN direct services.
MSN Direct connects real-time information on the Alpine PND-K3msn. It shows weather forecasts, real-time traffic, gas prices, and movie showtimes. MSN Direct also placed a “Send to GPS” feature that allows you to find businesses/people on Live Search maps and then send the addresses to your PND-K3msn. This puppy is about $299.95, but you get three months free of MSN Direct. After those 3 months are up, MSN Direct is a $49.95 per year or $129.95 one-time fee.
Its a bit pricey, but having a handy GPS always ends up paying for itself by the time you end up saving from getting lost.