Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin RV 760LMT review

Garmin RV 760LMT

This guest review was written by Scott & Merri Jo Abernethy, avid campers who can’t wait to get out on the open road. He does the driving and she does the writing. You can follow their exploits and other musings on Twitter @abernethysm.

When I got married, nearly 16 years ago (this week!), my new father-in-law intoned,”Two are better than one, for they have good return for their labor.” That passage from the Good Book has been the Polaris of my relationship with my wife from day one. In fact, when I got the chance to review the new Garmin RV 760LMT, she immediately looked at me and said, “I’ll write it and we can test it together.Where do you want to go?” Not being one to argue with my dear wife, we did just that. read more

Magellan eXplorist 350H review

Magellan eXplorist 350H review

Hands on with the Magellan eXplorist 350H

The Magellan eXplorist 350H is the latest in the eXplorist family, this time packaged with features to appeal to hunters: Pre-loaded topo maps, hunting specific waypoint icons, Game Managements Units(GMU) and Digital Globe satellite imagery. read more

Garmin Oregon 650t review

Garmin Oregon 650t reviewHands on Garmin Oregon 650t review

The Garmin Oregon 650t is the company’s top-of-the-line handheld GPS receiver. Offering an 8 MP geotagging camera and preloaded 1:100,000 scale US topos, the 650t also offers all the other goodies found on the 600 series, including a bright capacitive touchscreen and extensive customization options.
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Garmin HUD (Head up display) review

Garmin HUD review

Hands on Garmin HUD review

I got to test the new Garmin HUD (Head-Up Display) on a recent trip to Charleston, SC. The HUD projects navigation information onto your windshield. It has no GPS chip; instead, it receives position and navigation information from your smartphone, which must be running a Garmin navigation app (an additional purchase).

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Garmin Oregon 600 review

Garmin Oregon 600 review

Hands on Garmin Oregon 600 review

The Garmin Oregon 600 brings the biggest update the Oregon series has seen, adding GLONASS capabilities as well as significant screen and interface improvements over the older Oregon 450. Since handheld GPS are such complex beasts and you could write an entire book on the Oregon 600’s functions, I’m going to focus my review on what’s new, starting with the hardware.
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DeLorme inReach SE review

DeLorme inReach SE review

Hands on with the best satellite communicator yet

The DeLorme inReach SE two-way satellite communicator updates the first-generation inReach with a screen, virtual keyboard and the ability to fully utilize its communication capabilities without a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. read more

Garmin GPSMAP 547xs review

Garmin GPSMAP 547xs revew

Hands on with the Garmin GPSMAP 547xs

The Garmin GPSMAP 547xs is an all new marine chartplotter recently introduced by Garmin. The GPSMAP 547xs has a 5″ diagonal color screen and an all new look from Garmin. The traditional silver bars at the top and bottom of the case have been removed for a very stylish all black trim ring.  The major upgrade over the previous generation is wireless capability (WiFi and Bluetooth) and the sounder module was upgraded to include CHIRP technology.

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Garmin nuvi 2497LMT review

Garmin nuvi 2497LMT review

Hands on Garmin nuvi 2497LMT review

The Garmin nüvi 2497LMT is the top of the line 4.3″ model in Garmin’s 2013 Advanced series. Improvements to this years model include active lane guidance, traffic announcements, “Real Directions” and a slide-out Up Ahead feature. I’ll explore all those features in more detail below. As a high-end model, the 2497LMT includes lifetime traffic and map updates, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and voice command. read more

Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD review

Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD review

Hands on with the Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD

The Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD is the top-of-the-line model in Garmin’s 2013 nuvi series, updating last year’s 3590LMT. Dubbed a “Prestige” model, the 3597LMTHD offers a new magnetic mounting system,  super-thin design, 5″ capacitive touchscreen, ad-free lifetime HD traffic, as well as all the new features found in the 2013 Advanced series models. read more

Garmin nuvi 2757LM

Garmin nuvi 2757LM review

The Garmin nuvi 2757LM is one of the company’s first 7″ navigator outside of their dezl trucker line. In fact, the hardware seems identical to the dezl 760LMT, although the dezl does have a different mount. This 2013 Advanced series model’s improvements over the 2012 series include active lane guidance, “Real Directions” and the slide-out Up Ahead feature (seen above). I’ll explore each of those features in more detail below. read more