April 6, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 4/6

Not as much movement this week in prices, although one highlight is the TomTom ONE deal at Office Depot - $119; see below.

The Nuvi 200W now under $190
. If you are looking at an entry level Standard Screen unit (i.e. Nuvi 200), without Text to Speech, consider the extra $40 for the Nuvi 200W at $188. Basic Widescreen navigation, 48-state maps, easy to use interface; See the Widescreen difference. More info below.

Garmin Nuvi 5000 is shipping - 5.2-inch screen; this Wider-screen than normal 4.3-inch widescreens offers even better readability on top of the easy to use Garmin interface. See below for more; buy at Amazon for $200 savings over Circuit City.

Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $149 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. (Saw it this morning on sale at Circuit City for $199) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $232 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350

  • TomTom ONE - $163 and Free Shipping at Amazon. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. This unit is $119 at Office Depot after Mail in Rebate.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $234; down another $8 this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? For <$5 more get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $594 at Amazon, featured this week at Circuit City for $799, after a $100 off "deal". Save $200 and get it online! Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $188 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $320 Down again this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom XL S at Amazon $278 - Another $20 off this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 750 - $369 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $535 - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.

It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.

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