Re-Branded Mitac Mio 168 Appears at COMPUSA
In March we reviewed the Mitac Mio 168 Pocket PC with integrated GPS. Overall, we were quite impressed with the unit itself and additionally the wealth of extras included in the box. (Review: http://www.bargainpda.com/reviews/default.asp?reviewID=284)
One of things that pleased me when looking at the MiTAC Mio 168, was to see that a company, virtually unknown in comparison to mainstream manufacturers such as HP or Toshiba, is shipping a product with so many extras. Not to mention the brilliant screen and overall quality of the unit. Now it seems that NAVMAN has taken Mitac’s Mio 168 and rebranded and probably repackaged it for COMPUSA stores. Today’s Sunday ad has a small feature on page 11.
This unit under its original branding is actually available online for $459, http://www.bargainpda.com/price/default.asp?productID=1166&brandName=Mitac&productName=Mio%20168&display=priceDetail ($41 less), however I am curious to see if the COMPUSA version either contains less of the MiTAC extras in the box or more. I am betting that in an American market we will see less. Should any readers pick this unit up, we would love to hear your conclusions.
In a related story, The Register reported Navman’s story of the preperation of this product: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/27/navman_pocketpc_gps/
I plan to make a trip over to my COMPUSA today, and am anxious to see if this newly branded and repackaged version of the highly-regarded Mio 168 makes the cut.
Barry J. Doyle