The Qstarz GPS Lap Timer (LT-Q6000) comes in a small and compact box that looks like it is going to be a great performer. However, looks can sometimes be deceiving therefore the best way to determine how good it is would be to put it to the test.
This Qstarz GPS has a colour display which may seem to be only aesthetic however it is not, as we will discuss later. The GPS is small and compact.
It has a 2.4” display, which is plenty. It does not weigh anymore than an ordinary GPS and is also supposed to be water resistant. The box also contains additional accessories, a suction-cup mount, a USB cable, car charger and a sleek and protective case to carry the GPS in.
The suction-cup mounts to the windshield well. It was mounted onto a clean windshield which was not wiped prior to mounting, and the suction-cup never came loose under acceleration, braking and/or cornering, reflecting on the good quality of the material.
However not the same could be said for the GPS interface on the mounting arm. The GPS mounts fine to the suction-cup arm and the GPS locks in and won’t fly off while driving. Yet the clearance in the interface is so slightly off that there is a very slight wobble that could potentially result in some minor errors in the G-Sensor readings. A solution would be to have the interface between the arm and the GPS have stricter tolerances so that the GPS is fixed with absolutely no movement when locked in.
The instructions in the manual are simple and straightforward, and the fact that the GPS is not cluttered with buttons makes it simple to manoeuvre through the options and settings. Once the load screen passes, the main screen shows a variety of options such as ‘Drag Race,’ ‘Circuit Race’ etc.
We only tested the GPS using the ‘Circuit Race’ function for Time Attack and Pre-Time Attack lapping.
The first step is to setup the track. I believe you can download tracks already submitted by users as well, but if your track is not available, you have to set a start and finish and can also setup splits for better analysis of your driving later. This is a very useful tool.
Once your track is set you hit the start button to start recording and then you’re done pushing buttons until you are off the track. The GPS displays your time as you are lapping and also displays your last best lap for that recording session. The colour display comes in very handy here as the screen background goes red if the lap you just finished was not faster than your best lap for the session.