QStarz BT-Q1000 Travel Recorder
- Can record places of interest at the press of a button, can log travel routes and easily upload them to Google Earth
- The software might be a little hard to use for the uninitiated
The BT-Q1000 does what it claims: it will track your movements very accurately, as well as record places of interest at the press of a button and map them on Google Earth. It can also be used for navigation when paired with a PDA or notebook computer and GPS software. However, its software interface will confuse the uninitiated.
Price$ 198.00 (AUD)
QStarz's BT-Q1000 Travel Recorder is a Bluetooth GPS device that can be used as a navigation device, or to track your movements and record your places of interest. Best of all, it can upload data to Google Earth to give you a clear visual of where you've been and how long it took you to get there. It's a tiny device that fits comfortably into a pocket and its software offers some good customisation options.
Before using the BT-Q1000, you must install the GPS Travel Recorder Utility, as well as the unit's drivers. You can do this either by using the supplied CD-ROM, or by downloading it from the QStarz Web site. We prefer the latter option as it means we'll get the latest and most stable build.
The Travel Recorder Utility will allow you to set the type of logging you want the device to record, which should be set before you use it because changing the setting will erase the data that's currently on the device. You can choose to log for jogging, cycling or for vehicle travel and if you delve into the advanced and professional settings of the utility, you can even select the interval of the logging and the maximum distance of the logging.
The BT-Q1000 itself has high sensitivity (-158dBm) and 51-channel tracking. It connects to a PC using USB, and your PC must be restarted after its drivers have been installed. Setting it up for use with the Travel Recorder Utility is a little fiddly as you have to venture into the Device Manager, find out which COM port the device is using and then set this port in the software.
Physically, the device has a sliding switch that can be used to change its mode: it has log mode and navigation mode. The way it works is like this: first, you connect the device to the PC and launch the software utility, then you set the type of logging and once that's done, you can disconnect the device and set the switch to 'log' for it to start recording your movements.
If you want to record a point of interest -- a funky little coffee shop that's hidden in the heart of Melbourne while you're on holiday, for example -- then all you have to do is hit the little red button on the top of the device and it'll record the location.
When you get back to the PC, you can use the software utility to download the data, but here is the coolest thing: you can map your travels on Google Earth. Of course, Google Earth must already be installed on your PC, and once you hit the 'Draw Map' button in the software, it will automatically launch Google Earth and give you a visual representation of where you've been. Alternatively, data records can be kept in CSV and NMEA formats.
The applications for this little device are varied. For example, it can be used by cyclists or joggers who wish to log the distances they've travelled, it can be used by couriers to track and time the routes they've taken, or it can be used as a GPS receiver by anyone who has a PDA or notebook computer with GPS software installed (and it'll log the route while it navigates, too).
Join the newsletter!
This month, PC World is excited to partner with Zero Latency VR. You and seven of your friends will have the chance to win tickets to this experience.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Dynabook Portégé X30W-J – a very good all-rounder
- 2 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 3 Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- 4 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: Killer form-factor, lethal price-tag
- 5 Oppo A5Xs review: Cutting corners
Latest News Articles
- Exciting New Aussie Dash-Cams Unveiled Ahead of Holiday Road Trip Season
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- How the Xbox Series X (and xCloud) saved me from buying a gaming PC
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies