Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

We road test and review a unique GPS/dashcam by Hema...

Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

There’s satellite navigators and there’s satellite navigators. But I’ve never come across something like the Hema HX-1 Navigator.

A GPS navigation system, the Hema (that’s Hee-ma) HX-1 comes with camera recording and maps not only for regular roads in Australia and New Zealand but for off-road routes as well.

All accessible from a mammoth 7” touch screen, the Hema HX-1 is straightforward to use, beginning from the home screen with a simple choice of ‘Drive’ or ‘Explore’.

In Drive the HX-1 functions as a typical GPS, with the usual streets, speed limits, landmarks and guidance.

But it’s the Explore map where the navigator shines.

Hema HX-1 Navigator ReviewAlso built-in with metro streets and highways, the HX-1 has the best off-road mapping with 1.2 million kilometres of 4WD tracks.

When setting up for the first time, update the unit and you will access all unsealed roads and tracks through the bush and national parks.

Zoom in to a particular area, a region or as small as your locale, and download the data via WiFi for greater detail.

This mode also has 45,000 camp sites and caravan parks that display their coordinates, contact detains and the available facilities.

You can select your preferred map overlays and there is routing functions and trip recording for future reference and sharing with other Hema owners.

The unit comes with 16MB of internal memory and if that’s not enough, a micro SD card slot for storing additional data. There’s also a 12V/mini USB adapter but if you want to run it off charge, the HX-1 is capable of lasting six hours!

If that didn’t tick the boxes already, there is also a 5MP 480p camera to record your trip.

Hema HX-1 Navigator ReviewSimple and easy to use, the Hema has broad options for customisation and a preloaded user guide if you run into trouble.

The HX-1 Navigator is a comprehensive GPS for the casual 4WD enthusiast or the serious off-roader. Whichever you are, you’re sure not to get lost with this little doozy.

Available from the Hema website, BCF, ARB, TJM and Opposite Lock, the Hema HX-1 Navigator costs RRP$699.

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About Simon Lai 1241 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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