GPS Steals and Deals - 5/4
Best buys this week have to be the Nuvi 260W that dropped $50+ to $290, which is about right-priced for its capabilities. The Garmin Nuvi 200 is $139 at Office Depot after discounts and Mail In Rebate. Staples has a good low price for the Nuvi 200W - $199.
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- TomTom ONE - $144 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.
- Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $151 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. Also at Office Depot for $139 after $50 Mail in Rebate. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.
- Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $208 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.
- Nuvi 350 at Amazon $231; down this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for $249.
- Navigon 2100 - $129 at Staples - Entry level unit, at a pretty good price. See my Full Review of the Navigon 2100
- Nuvi 200W at Amazon $206 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W. Also at Staples for $199.
- Garmin Nuvi 260W - $295 at Amazon; down $50 this week, MUCH more Reasonable. Like I said last week, I think a good range is $290 - $299 range; getting there faster than I thought.
- Nuvi 660 at Amazon $340; up again this week; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
- TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $249 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is only $227. Or $199 at BestBuy
- Nuvi 750 - $371 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.
- Nuvi 760 - $426 at Amazon - Down a bit this week. 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, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.
- Garmin Nuvi 780 - $499; broke the $500 barrier - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
- Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $559 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation. Price continues to drop across the last few weeks. Best Buy has it for a mere $699 after $100 savings; ouch.
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.
- Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing. Probably won't deliver in time for the Boston Marathon tomorrow though...... Garmin is launching the Forerunner 405 at the Boston and why not, one of the best marathons in the world meets one of the coolest fitness devices. I like biking more than running, so, I tend to think the Edge 705 is cooler.... I took my first ride with it recently.
- Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
- Forerunner 205 - $149 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
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Posted by Scott Martin at May 4, 2008 8:40 AM