As the world continues to feel the effects of COVID-19, we’ve been looking for the best products to give you the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, for less. Nakamichi has a player in the game in this space. With features to rival the big boys but without the price-tag, this Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 Review will answer the question; is it a good option for you?
NAKAMICHI NAM3510-M7 REVIEW
At the lower end of the market, finding a quality head unit for your upgrade can be more than a little difficult. There are a lot of options that promise the world and miss the mark. There are a lot of units out there on eBay, AliBaba and AliExpress that claim to be the best thing since Airbags but in real life are nothing more than a headache waiting to happen.
That’s what makes finding brands like Nakamichi and units like the Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 so awesome. We’re actually able to present a product that’s perfect for those wanting to upgrade their current cars with the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology without having to go too deep into the OEM and custom world.
In this Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 Review we’ll take you through the product, how it works, how it looks and try to answer as many questions as we can so you can make up your own mind and grab a great entry-level unit of your own!
First things first; how does this thing look? It’s an entry-level unit with some pretty big features for not a lot of cash. Something’s got to give, and it’s how it looks – right? Wrong.
Your first impression of the product comes from its packaging. Nothing too fancy or over the top, but definitely not generic, crap product packaging. All the details and information you could want about the NAM3510-M7 is on there – including a handy little wiring diagram of the harness for those out there who’d want to hardwire.
The first thing that stands out to me, and ticks a big box, is the physical buttons. Now I understand that a flat panel of glass in your dash is sexy and it looks great. However, try turning the volume up on this weeks banger without a physical button… you’re stabbing the screen randomly unless you take your eyes off the road and look for the button – big win for Nakamichi and the NAM3510-M7.
With low-cost units often comes less than great build quality. This shows in gaps between panels, imperfections in the casing and trimming. No such issues were noted with our testing unit. This thing looks great and the button feel is solid and gives a great little ‘click’ letting you know that something has been pressed.
Oh, I almost forgot to add probably the biggest plus for the Nakamichi NAM3510-M7’s design… front facing USB! Being a multi-phone car myself, I know how annoying it is to only have one phone connected, and it’s through the glovebox, or some other strange way that’s had to happen because the only USB port is on the back. The NAM3510-M7 has you covered with front AND rear USB ports.
Forget the price-tag, this list is enough to be impressed with the Nakamichi NAM3510-M7. It’s running the same feature list as some $600+ units!
- Apple CarPlay (wired)
- Dual USB
- Reverse Camera Ready
- 4x 50W MOSFET Amp
- Capacitive Touch Screen
- Android Auto (wired)
- Time Alignment
- Lossless Audio
- 1080P HD Resolution
- 4x 4V Pre-Outs
- 16-Band Equaliser
All of the features packed into this unit are responsive and easy to use. There’s no real lag anywhere in the UI. With the 4x 4V Pre-Outs, you’re well on your way to building out your system with aftermarket Speakers, Subwoofers and Amplifiers.
Traditionally the responsiveness of the unit is what separates the entry-level units from the most expensive units. Usually, higher performance and snappy user menus comes with a high-price, processing power and responsiveness costs money.
So, imagine the surprise when I couldn’t really get the Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 to lag or shudder when ripping through the menus, screens and options! Now, keep in mind, for the purposes of testing, we’re ripping through this thing at a million miles an hour and tapping every button, menu and setting that we can see.
Under normal human use, you’ll find this to be as snappy and responsive as units with a much bigger price tag.
Start-up time is also well within the range of acceptable, from off to playing music within 4-5 seconds. Not the quickest wake up, but not too shabby at all.
Our tester car was a Toyota RAV-4, so we started with an easy car to install for this Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 Review. That being said, the unit has the ability to program its own Steering Wheel Controls and the harness from the unit is an ISO plug. So in our case, we just needed the unit, an Aerpro APP0141 and we were done.
From the ease at which it slipped in, I doubt there’ll be too many installation issues with this unit – another big win!
So all of this sounds great so far, but what’s it like as a daily driver? You might like it now, but how will you feel about it in a week, a month, a few months?
We think, pretty much the same! It’s a great little unit and definitely one of, it not, the best entry-level units for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The screen is very clear, responsive and we haven’t seen any poor direct light performance. The sound quality coming out of the unit is on point with the Time Alignment and Lossless playback ability. The ease of installation, and in this reviews case, the ability to program its own Steering Wheel Controls; godsend!
WILL IT FIT YOUR CAR?
I want to touch on this, as it’s something we get asked 98% of the time regardless of if we’ve said it already or not.
The Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 will more than likely fit your car.
To save time and hassle though, you can, yourself, go to our friends at Aerpro and have a look at your car. If, after searching for your make, model and year, you see that there’s a double-din fascia kit available – that’s it, question answered, yes, it’ll fit your car.
A compatible fascia kit is the only limiting factor to whether a new unit will fit in your car or not.
After seeing what parts you need, you can always have a look at our store to see if we have them in stock, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call during business hours on 02 9708 5444 for an installation quote.
OUR FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE NAKAMICHI NAM3510-M7
In this Nakamichi NAM3510-M7 Review we’ve gone through the most common aspects of a head unit. We’ve seen that the feature list is massive, the performance of the unit and the UI (menus etc.) is snappy and isn’t too complicated at all and we’ve noted that it’s fairly easy to install.
If you’re looking for a way to upgrade your car to current technology and get the most from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there is little to no doubt that the NAM3501-M7 is a great unit and should be considered. We love it and are very excited to see what comes next from this Japanese new-comer.
We've been looking at the market for low-cost, entry level products for those who just want to upgrade their cars with the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology without having to go too deep into the Car Audio upgrade world. We had a favourite, but now, the Nakamichi has taken top honours.
- Front AND Rear USB
- Physical buttons in the frame
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for under $400
- Relatively unknown brand, at this point
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