2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Eine Kleine NachtMonitor
October 21, 2010
Fall is here. That means no more driving home when the sun is still out. After I hopped into our Mazdaspeed 3 last night for the journey home, I decided to give the navigation a run through. My biggest complaint: the monitor itself.
Strike One: It's small. About the same size as my iPhone screen. It's also placed a little too far away for its size.
Strike Two: The night setting is too dark and it lacks contrast. I have decent eyesight and still struggled to decipher details. Essentially, the map on the screen was made up of varying shades of gray. The day setting was too bright for my taste, but it was easy to read.
Strike Three: There's no adjustment. I toggled through the nav menu, but found no sign of a brightness or contrast slider. I tried the instrument panel dimmer, but that just dimmed the (you guessed it!) instrument panel.
If I really needed a navigation last night, I would've used my iPhone. It has the Navigon app installed and its incredibly clear, very accurate and easy to operate. It does kill the battery, but at $59.99, it's reasonably priced.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor