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Clarion N.I.C.E.

Portable car navigation/MP3 player system with 7" screen

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Clarion's N.I.C.E (Navigation In-Car Entertainment) portable video/navigation system makes the ideal centerpiece for a your mobile entertainment system. It offers up accurate GPS navigation, MP3/WMA playback, and a big, 7" video screen with touch-panel controls. It mounts easily on your windshield (or any glass surface), and plugs right into your car's cigarette lighter.

Clarion's N.I.C.E (Navigation In-Car Entertainment) portable video/navigation system makes the ideal centerpiece for a your mobile entertainment system. It offers up accurate GPS navigation, MP3/WMA playback, and a big, 7" video screen with touch-panel controls. It mounts easily on your windshield (or any glass surface), and plugs right into your car's cigarette lighter.

Half of the N.I.C.E.'s 20-gigabyte memory is dedicated to navigation. You simply punch in your destination using the touchscreen controls, and you're ready to go. You can enter a street address directly, or select from the two million points of interest, including restaurants, hotels, and gas stations. The built-in, fold-out GPS antenna receives the signal from the satellites. Preloaded maps show you your position and guide you along your route, while voice prompts tell you exactly when you need to make a turn.

The other half of the system's memory stores your MP3 and WMA files for playback — around 2,000 of them. You load them onto the N.I.C.E. from your computer via a USB cable (not included). You can play them back while you're navigating, and the screen shows you the name of the song and the artist. The screen can also display your digital photos, if you'd like.

Enjoy satellite radio? Connect the optional Clarion NAVSIR radio and subscribe to the more than 120 channels of music, news, sports, and entertainment SIRIUS has to offer. Add a DVD player to the audio/video input, and you can use the screen to watch your favorite videos when you're parked (video playback is disabled when the vehicle's in motion). For safety, you can also connect an optional rear-view camera to the dedicated input and get a clear shot of what's behind you.

The system comes with power adapters for both the car and home, so you can use it indoors as well as on the road. To hear the sound, use the audio output to connect the system to your in-dash stereo's auxiliary input, if it has one. If it doesn't, you can use the built-in wireless FM transmitter to "broadcast" the sound over an unused FM frequency on any FM stereo. The system also features a built-in speaker for indoor use.

You can use the included wireless remote for handy, long-distance control. And you can carry the N.I.C.E. and all its accessories around in the convenient, padded case.

Important Note: Certain uses of this product in a moving vehicle may be illegal under state or local laws. Please check with your local authorities before purchasing.

Product Highlights:

  • mobile audio/video entertainment system
  • 7" video screen with touch-panel controls
  • GPS navigation system includes preloaded maps of the U.S. and Canada, two million points of interest, voice prompts, and built-in antenna
  • stores and plays MP3 and WMA files
  • 20GB hard drive (10GB for navigation, 10GB for MP3/WMA storage)
  • audio/video input for connecting an optional DVD player
  • video input for connecting an optional rear-view camera
  • input for an optional NAVSIR SIRIUS satellite radio
  • home and car power adapters
  • suction-cup mount
  • wireless remote control
  • audio/video input cables included
  • padded carrying case
  • 7-9/16"W x 5-1/16"H x 1-11/16"D
  • weight: 1.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Portable navigation unit
  • On-glass mounting bracket
  • Wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 lithium battery
  • AC adapter with attached 6' cable (Output: 12V/2A)
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 68" cable (has installed 3A fuse)
  • 1 Replacement 3A fuse
  • 68" AC power cord
  • 59" Audio/Video cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on one end and a minijack stereo connector on the other end)
  • 55" Camera input cable (has an RCA composite video connector and a reverse positive trigger lead on one end and a minijack stereo connector on the other end)
  • 4 Machine screws (each screw has one flat washer and one lock washer)
  • Map Database for N.I.C.E. DVD-ROM
  • 1 Silica gel packet
  • 1 Carrying bag
  • User's Guide

Clarion N.I.C.E. Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Great unit with great functions

Henry from New York, NY on 3/12/2006

The Clarion N.I.C.E. is nice indeed. The large 7" screen is beautiful and offers a great view when in navigation mode. I found the guidance provided to be sufficient and clear, and the recalculation of routes was quick. The split screen between 2D and 3D offers a greater detail, and another feature I like is the "DING" sound the N.I.C.E. makes when prompting turns. In my line of work of meeting clients (old & new) and visiting plants for inspection, I don't know how I worked without the N.I.C.E. in my car.<BR>The other features I found really great is the MP3 and the video function. The sound comes out clear through the FM transmitter, and the songs can be accessed while the GPS navigation is being used. Also, the remote control is VERY handy.<BR>Overall quality of the workmanship is superb, and the carrying case makes it easier to carry the N.I.C.E. instead of leaving it in the car. The only gripe I have is with the mounting system; the four small screws used to mount the unit to the window mount is really nonsensical. The way I fixed the problem was by not using the screws but heavy duty velcro. Clarion should've thought of a better way to design the mounting system.<BR>Other than that, I am VERY satisfied with the N.I.C.E.. Be nice and get yourself one.



Glitches, No support from Clarion; Overall Poor Unit

Jeffrey from New York, NY on 3/6/2006

This is a poor unit. I returned this unit through another reseller after getting the runaround from Clarion when I called to complain about glitches like randomly turning off, lack of firmware updates, up to 10 minutes to find GPS signals, and voice prompts working 1/2 of the time.<BR><BR>The unit display is large, which is its greatest feature. Unfortunately it uses GPS software from the dark ages. Points of interest do not show up on the map, rather are just found within the navigating menus. Drawings are fast, but poor, like a 2 pixel sized line with poor fonts to label street names. Zoom levels are poor, with only a few total zoom levels, I believe 10-16. Directions were generally accurate, but customization and rerouting was poor. Only major interstate routes are spoken, unlike other units that say every road name for a similar price. The maps have a 2D and "technically" 3D version, though the 3D is just the 2D on a slight angle with a shoddy cloud display over it.<BR><BR>The 2nd best feature was the FM transmission, which was the strongest FM transmitter I ever heard. It was clear, and had little feedback. Too bad it takes like 5-10 minutes to load MP3s on the device if you have a significant amount of songs(>100). For 10GB of space, the song list sure does take a long time to load.<BR><BR>Dont plan on using the video while moving... the sensors dont allow it. Its a safety feature thats permanent.<BR><BR>This unit should be sold for much less then $500 because its Navigation system is the worst of the bunch. Save your money, buy from a company that produces these things regularly like Garmin or Magellin. If youre looking to spend $1200, buy Garmin 7200



Clarion N.I.C.E.

Ken from San Jose, CA on 2/8/2006

What is awesome about this navigation unit is that it is so much more. Everyone has nagivagation but I can download a ton of my music easily. I also added Sirius radio which doesn't seem to available on any other transportable navigation unit. The large touchscreen makes it easy to see and use.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Maps Built-in
Map Coverage USA, Canada
Points of Interest 2000000
Multiple Destination Routing ---
Screen Size 7"
Widescreen ---
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer ---
Digital Audio Playback ---
Text To Speech ---
Voice Control ---
Traffic Information No
Dynamic Content Services ---
Removable Memory Type N/A
Battery Life N/A
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Inputs and Outputs


Overview: This vehicle-to-vehicle solution comes with mapping software covering the entire continental U.S., a built-in GPS antenna, turn-by-turn voice prompts, easy route selection, an address book, two million Points of Interest, and automatic rerouting. For entertainment, the N.I.C.E. offers audio/video inputs, Sirius Satellite Radio capability, and stores MP3, WMA, and WAV files, as well as personal photos. The N.I.C.E. wirelessly interfaces with an existing sound system, and only requires an easy-to-use window mount for installation.

20GB Hard Disk Drive: The internal 20GB Hard Disk Drive allows you to store up to 10GB of maps and 10GB of photos and music.

Navigation: You can choose from the following options in the Navigation menu:

  • Address/Intersection: Address/Intersection provides four ways to enter the address: state or province name, postal code, city name or street name. Use this method to travel to a new location for which you have a specific address.
  • Point of Interest: Point of Interest lets you define a destination when you don't know its address. This method is especially useful when traveling in an unfamiliar city. The N.I.C.E. database maintains a list of two million points of interest organized by categories, such as city center, airport, restaurant, and tourist information. You can scroll through the list of points of interest in several different ways: State/Province Name, Category, Postal Code, Phone, or First Few Letters. The unit then prompts you to choose how to display the locations. You can sort them by distance or name.
  • Address Book: This option lists addresses previously stored in the address book by name.
  • Previous Destination: This option lists your last 15 destinations.
  • Map: Rather than enter an address, you can use your finger to touch a location on the map.

Route Calculation: Once you select a destination, the N.I.C.E. calculates your route, based on any preferences you set.

Directions: Directions can be visual only, or include verbal instructions, depending on whether or not you prefer voice guidance to be on or off.

Visually Tracking Your Route: A red pointer moves on the map as you drive and your current location appears in the status bar located just above the buttons at the bottom of the screen. A close-up of your next maneuver displays in the upper left corner of the screen. The name of the next street to turn onto appears in the bar at the top of the screen and the distance to the next maneuver appears in the upper right corner. The total trip distance displays in the lower right corner.

Automatic Recalculation: If you miss a turn or intentionally stray off course to avoid roadwork or an accident, the N.I.C.E. remaps your journey as soon as you turn away from its calculated route.

Map Perspective: The N.I.C.E. offers three different map views: 2D, 3D, and split screen views. With 3D view you can see more of the road ahead.

Enlarged Intersection: When you are within one mile of the next intersection, the N.I.C.E. displays an enlarged view of the intersection on the left side of the screen.

Route Simulation: This feature lets you preview a route starting from any location.

Customizing the N.I.C.E.: You can customize the N.I.C.E.'s features using the setup menu. You can adjust the following:

  • Brightness: allows you to adjust the brightness of the LCD
  • Speaker Volume: allows you to adjust the volume of the built-in speaker from 0% to 100%
  • Navigation Preferences: You can adjust the following navigation preferences:
    • Simulation: allows you to turn route simulation on or off
    • Shortest Time/Shortest Distance: you can configure the unit to calculate the shortest distance or the shortest time
    • Avoiding Interstates and Toll Roads: if you don't like to drive on freeways or wish to avoid toll roads, the unit will calculate a route that avoids these roads
    • Automatic Recalculation: allows you to turn the automatic recalculation feature on or off
    • Voice Guidance: allows you to turn the voice guidance on or off
  • Maximizing Space for the Map: to see more of the map, turn off all the indicators, icons and status bars that provide additional information
  • Changing Distance Units: the unit can report distances in miles, kilometers and meters, or miles and yards
  • Language: the menu language can be set to English, Spanish, or French

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: You can enjoy SIRIUS Satellite Radio with the optional Clarion NAVSIR SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface and antenna. In addition to the interface and antenna, you will need a subscription in order to receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio programming.

Playing Music: You can play music stored on the unit's hard disk or on a portable memory storage device connected to the USB 1.1 port. The unit supports the following formats: MP3, WMA, and WAVE. When playing music, you can repeat current song, repeat all songs in one folder, and play all songs in the system in random order.

Viewing Photos: In photo mode, the N.I.C.E. lets you page through digital photos stored on the unit's hard disk or on a portable memory storage device connected to the USB 1.1 port. The unit supports the JPEG format for photos 1MB or smaller in size.

Computer Compatible: You can connect the N.I.C.E. to a PC using the USB 2.0 port. You copy files from the PC to the N.I.C.E. or from the N.I.C.E. to the PC using standard Windows procedures.

FM Transmitter: The unit's built-in FM Transmitter lets you listen to satellite radio over your existing FM radio in your home or vehicle. You can choose any transmitting frequency in the FM band between 88.1 MHz to 90.9 MHz. If you choose not to use the FM transmitter, it can be turned off in the menu.

Optional Rearview Camera: The N.I.C.E. allows you to hook up an optional rearview camera for backing up.

Wireless Remote Control: A wireless remote allows you to control many of the unit's functions.

On-glass Mounting Bracket: The included bracket allows you to mount the unit on the windshield or a clean, flat surface. Two adjustable pivots let you position the N.I.C.E. at multiple angles

Inputs and Outputs

Back Panel:

  • EXT. I/O: 9-pin jack that connects to the optional Clarion NAVSIR SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface
  • Audio Out: minijack that connects to the stereo AUX input on a vehicle stereo system
  • Video In: minijack that connects to an optional rearview camera
  • A/V In: minijack that connects to an external video source, such as DVD player, camera or video game system
  • USB 1.1 (Host): directly receives Memory Stick or connects to extension cable for a portable memory storage device; port supports playback and viewing only; you cannot transfer files from or to device
  • USB 2.0 (Device): connects to computer for downloading updated maps, photos and music files; can transfer to and from unit
  • DC In: jack for use with the supplied AC adapter and cigarette lighter adapter



  • Operating System: Windows CE version 4.2
  • Embedded Processor: High Performance Embedded 32-bit RISC (ARM 9 Core)
  • Memory: 64MB SDRAM, 32MB Flash Memory, 20GB Hard Disk Drive
  • LCD: 7" Digital TFT Touchscreen (800 x 480 pixels)

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