March 30, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 3/30

Not as much movement this week in prices, although one highlight is the TomTom ONE deal at Staples - $139; see below.


Big News This Week is the Nuvi 200W still under $200
. 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 $199. Basic Widescreen navigation, 48-state maps, easy to use interface; See the Widescreen difference. More info below.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. (Saw it this morning on sale at big box stores for $199) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $233 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 - $158 and Free Shipping at Amazon. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. This unit is $139 at Staples starting today.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $243 - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech.
  • Mio C230 - $136 at Amazon; basic GPS Navigation. Text to Speech. Also at Radio Shack for $129

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $188 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $330 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 $298 - $50 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.
  • Magellan Maestro 4000 - $159. The unit has voice guided directions (Not text-to-speech), maps of the continental US, and 1.5 million POI. The Maestro 4000 comes with AAA TourBook information that I liked when I reviewed the Maestro 3140 last year. Read that full review for an idea of what I thought of the Maestro products.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $537 - is also advertised at Best Buy for $699 - killer waste of about $160 by going to Best Buy. 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.


  • 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 - $159 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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March 27, 2008

Magellan Maestro 4000 - $159/ Garmin Nuvi 200W $188

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Not a bad deal on an entry level widescreen unit from Magellan. I mean widescreen for $159?

What to you get?

The Maestro 4000, the unit has voice guided directions (Not text-to-speech), maps of the continental US, and 1.5 million POI. The Maestro 4000 comes with AAA TourBook information that I liked when I reviewed the Maestro 3140 last year. Read that full review for an idea of what I thought of the Maestro products.

at Amazon - The Magellan Maestro 4000

If you want a Garmin - the Nuvi 200W at Amazon $188 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. The difference is that the Garmin has 5-6Million POI so looking for a local business will have a much higher success rate. The Garmin not have the AAA TourBook content, but has what I believe is an easier interface to use. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W

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March 23, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 3/23

Well, Happy Easter. If the Easter Bunny didn't drop a GPS in your Easter Basket, maybe you'll just need to get one for yourself.

Most Garmins are down a few bucks this week, with the exception of the Nuvi 200 - It's down almost $30 this week.

Best prices might be either at Costco - Nuvi 650 for $299, or the Garmin 660 at Amazon for $338 (See below)

Big News This Week is the Nuvi 200W still under $200
. 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 $199. Basic Widescreen navigation, 48-state maps, easy to use interface; See the Widescreen difference. More info below.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $196 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. (Best Buy featured this for $199 this morning in their Flier) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $339 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 $298 - $50 off this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 650 - $299 at Costco; after $100 coupon. Very good deal on a Text to speech unit in widescreen. Essentially the same as the Nuvi 660 minus the TMC Traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree. Deal good through 3/23. - ENDS TODAY
  • Nuvi 750 - $356 at Amazon - down again 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.

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


  • 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 - $159 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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March 21, 2008

TomTom ONE $139 @ Staples - 3/30

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This is still a while off, but I heard that Staples will have the TomTom ONE on sale for $139 next weekend. If you are looking for one of these, you might hang out for a week and pick it up for the deep discounted price. It's on sale now on the web for over $150 now.

Keep Watch at Staples

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March 16, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 3/16

Prices are definitely starting to drop and I expect that they will continue to stay down with potentially a few exceptions, for the start of the summer driving season.

Best prices might be either at Costco - Nuvi 650 for $299, or the Garmin 660 at Amazon for $349 (See below)

Big News This Week is the Nuvi 200W under $200
. If you are looking at an entry level Standard Screen unit (i.e. Nuvi 200), without Text to Speech, consider the extra $20 - $30 for the Nuvi 200W at $199. Basic Widescreen navigation, 48-state maps, easy to use interface; See the Widescreen difference. More info below.



Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $177 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $240 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 - $169 and Free Shipping at Amazon. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $254 - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech.
  • Deals extended another week on the Navigon 2100; $149 at Staples.
    See my Full Review on the Navigon 2100 for more information. Available at Amazon for $153 with Free Shipping.
  • Mio C230 - $159 at Amazon; basic GPS Navigation. Text to Speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $199 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. (Best Buy featured this for $199 this morning in their Flier) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $348 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 $299 - $50 off this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 650 - $299 at Costco; after $100 coupon. Very good deal on a Text to speech unit in widescreen. Essentially the same as the Nuvi 660 minus the TMC Traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree. Deal good through 3/23. Update: As Greg points out below the Nuvi 650 is also available for $299 at Best Buy - online only.
  • Nuvi 750 - $364 at Amazon - down again 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.

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


  • 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 - $159 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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March 9, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 3/9

Prices are definitely starting to drop and I expect that they will continue to stay down with potentially a few exceptions, for the start of the summer driving season. This past week had the CeBit news and new models out, so it's time to clear out the old ones, or just drop their prices to make room for the new ones.

Best prices might be either at Costco - Nuvi 650 for $299, or the Garmin 660 at Amazon for $349 (See below)


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $177 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $253 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • TomTom ONE - $199 and Free Shipping at Amazon, Amazingly, a lower price at BestBuy , Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $261 - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech.
  • This week also brings back some big deals on the Navigon 2100; $149 at Staples.
    See my Full Review on the Navigon 2100 for more information. Available at Amazon for $155 with Free Shipping.
  • Mio C230 - $139 at Amazon; basic GPS Navigation. Text to Speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $369 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $208 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • TomTom XL S at Amazon $299 - $50 off this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 650 - $299 at Costco; after $100 coupon. Very good deal on a Text to speech unit in widescreen. Essentially the same as the Nuvi 660 minus the TMC Traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree. Deal good through 3/23.
  • Nuvi 750 - $368 at Amazon - down again 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.

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


  • 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 - $159 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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March 1, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 3/2

Random sales, and a few good deals around. Best prices might be either at Costco - Nuvi 650 for $299, or the Garmin 660 at Amazon for $369 (See below)


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $177 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $248 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • TomTom ONE - $199 and Free Shipping at Amazon, Amazingly, a lower price at BestBuy , Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $262 - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $369 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $211 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • TomTom XL S at Amazon $349 - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 650 - $299 at Costco; after $100 coupon. Very good deal on a Text to speech unit in widescreen. Essentially the same as the Nuvi 660 minus the TMC Traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree. Deal good through 3/9.
  • Nuvi 750 - $377 at Amazon - down again 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.
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February 24, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 2/24

Some reasonable deals out there this week, with some good ones and some bad ones showing up in the stores. Here's what I could find that looked pretty popular and pretty good.

Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


Widescreen Models



  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $379 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $225 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. (BestBuy has this model on "Sale" for $299 this week.) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • TomTom XL S at Amazon $349 - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 650 - $299 at Costco; after $100 coupon. Very good deal on a Text to speech unit in widescreen. Essentially the same as the Nuvi 660 minus the TMC Traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree. Deal good through 3/9.

  • Nuvi 750 - $390 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.



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February 22, 2008

Widescreen GPS Deals

The deals on Amazon deserved a quick update tonight. Not only can you get the Nuvi 660 for the mid-$300's, but you can get the Magellan 4050 for $299. Stack 'em high and price 'em cheap.

Garmin Nuvi 660 - One of my favorite units for a long time, the Nuvi 660 comes with the TMC traffic receiver (3-month subscription included) built right into the power cable, a first, and now over a year later starting to become the standard on other models. Text-to-speech and maps of North America combine with Garmin's rock solid interface to make for a pretty good deal. - $369 at Amazon - For More Information - see My Full Review Garmin Nuvi 660

Magellan 4050 - I had to post this one, at $299, it looks like a pretty feature packed unit for the price. Widescreen, with Maps of North America, and TMC traffic capable - 3 month trial included, but you need the optional TMC cradle. The big feature that Magellan likes to talk up, is the voice command capability. You can't do everything with it, but voice commands can definitely cut down on the distractions. I will say that I used the Magellan Maestro 3140, which has a similar interface, and thought it could use some development but overall gave good directions. See My Full Review of Magellan Maestro 3140 for more information.

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February 16, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 750 - $299 Today Only

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Thanks to readers Warren M. and Edly who posted this tip -

Garmin Nuvi 750 for only $299 at the
Home Shopping Network; today only.

That's about $100 cheaper than anywhere I can find online. Read My Full Review of the Nuvi 750 for more information.

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