January 24, 2007

Garmin Forerunner 205 & 305 - $50 Rebate

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Garmin posted a $50 rebate today on their uber-trainer Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 GPS devices. The wrist mounted training aids are able to track where you go including a lot of aspects about your workout: pace, speed, time, calories burned, and in the case of the Forerunner 305, your heart rate due to the included heart rate monitor strap.

Garmin also recently announced a new quick release strap for the unit that allows a fast change over from the wrist strap to a handlebar mount. There are a lot of multi-sport users out there who are screaming "Thank you!" For those of you who are Mac users, Garmin's software companion, Training Center, is also coming soon for download; it was available in an English only version at Macworld. This all adds up to a pretty good deal on the Forerunners - Great fitness tracking, software support for the Mac and easy switching from wrist mounted to your bike.....

We had the opportunity to use the Forerunner 205 - read my review of the Forerunner 205, and an update with more user thoughts and comments.

The Rebate is effective today and runs through May 15, 2007.

Download Rebate Form (PDF)

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January 20, 2007

GPS Steals and Deals - 1/20/07

I'm pretty happy to see prices staying down after the holiday discounting for those of us who didn't get exactly what we wanted; now's the chance to jump on that new GPS.

Some nice and unexpected news is that Fry's is back selling cheap Mio C310x systems; they aren't cheap, but the price is: $198 with free shipping. - Check out my review of the Mio C310x.

The other low priced unit that hit radar screen this week is the Via Michelin X930. There are some mixed reviews on the unit; so read up on it. If you decide that it's for you, the price is right: Via Michelin X930 - $199 at Amazon.


The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon - Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $470; Down $200 in a couple of months.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $540; a few months ago this was well over $600.


    Other Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $735 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $325 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Last year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Think about moving up to the Garmin C530 whose price is down to $399. Better chipset, and better screen for about the same price ($10 more).

  • TomTom ONE for $380 at Amazon with Free shipping.
  • TomTom ONE for $330, plus shipping at TheNerds. See our Review of the TomTom ONE.

  • The TomTom 910 has come down A LOT in the last few months, and is about $540 for this widescreened unit. Great if you have a Bluetooth phone and can use the TomTom PLUS system for weather, traffic (with subscription) and more.

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  • January 17, 2007

    Mio C310x Price Break - $198 at Fry’s

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    Looks like we caught a break in the New Year, Fry’s has dropped the price on the Mio C310x to $198, and has Free Shipping. Not sure how long this will last, as they seem to move the price around on this. First introduced to the masses on Black Friday last year, the Mio C310x has become a fairly well known little GPS. Capable and sure-footed, this little unit has a lot going for it despite its low price. There are a few quirks; it’s not perfect. Main issues are maps and some routing oddities. Mio is working hard to solve both of these issues with a Map update soon, and they are fixing routing issues on the fly. More information:

  • My Review of the Mio C310x
  • News on Map updates
  • New on Washington DC routing issues patch

    Thanks to reader Vu who sent this in.

    Mio C310x at Fry's for $198

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  • January 16, 2007

    Via Michelin X-930: $199 at Amazon

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    So the Via Michelin X930 has come to the US in a big way. It showed up over the holidays at J&R music but is now shipping at Amazon. The unit is the first in what I expect to be many Via Michelin units hitting the US shores. The US market is growing fast for GPS systems, and there are still millions of people who don't have them, so it makes for a fertile market.

    The Via Michelin X930 is powered by the SiRF star III chipset, a 3.5 inch screen, and has the 48 continental US states pre-loaded. The one review up on Amazon rates it well, but a recent review of the Via Michelin X-930 from the UK is scathing. The issues were all in navigation, which may have to do with the UK implementation, or it may have to do with the underlying navigation engine. ZDNet (UK) has a better point of view in their review of the X930, giving it 4 of 5 stars. We'll see as more people in the US take a look at it.

    More at Amazon

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    January 12, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 1/12/06

    Well, it's the New Year, and a lot of deals have expired on GPS units after the big holiday season. That's the bad news, but the good news is that a lot of prices have come down and are stying down. The TomTom GiveGive program expired on 1/6, but prices at Amazon and others have stayed low.

    I would expect some decent prices from here on out on some of the older models as new GPS models have been announced this past week at CES 2007. So here's a rundown of popular models that are still at decent prices.

    The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon - Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $470; Down $200 in a couple of months.


  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $550; a few months ago this was well over $600.

    Mio C310x - The Cheap-O party is over, but a quick check on Circuit City shows this at $299. Know what you are buying - Check out our Review of the Mio C310x.

    Other Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $735 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $325 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Skip it and buy the Garmin C530 whose price is down to $399. Better chipset, and better screen for about the same price ($10 more).

  • TomTom ONE for $380 at Amazon with Free shipping.
  • TomTom ONE for $330, plus shipping at TheNerds. See our Review of the TomTom ONE.

  • The TomTom 910 has come down A LOT in the last few months, and is about $540 for this widescreened unit. Great if you have a Bluetooth phone and can use the TomTom PLUS system for weather, traffic (with subscription) and more.

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  • December 29, 2006

    GPS Steals and Deals

    So, didn't get that GPS like you wanted? There are still some good deals out there on popular models. A lot of rebates are coming to a close in the next few weeks, Garmin's $50 rebate on Handhelds (below) and the TomTom GiveGive rebate program (also below) are two that have been popular.


    Our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide is still a good point of reference for shoppers post-holidays.

    The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon - Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $460; Down $200 in a couple of months.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; a few weeks ago this was over $600.


    Mio C310x - Fry's is still running this at $198. Know what you are buying - Check out our Review of the Mio C310x.

    Other Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $735 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $325 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Skip it and buy the Garmin C530 whose price is down to $399. Better chipset, and better screen for about the same price.

    tomtom100small._V35466788_.jpgRemember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100.

  • TomTom ONE for $290 after $100 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds.

  • Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $390! See our Review of the TomTom ONE.


    More after the jump including the Garmin Handheld Rebate items....

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  • December 21, 2006

    Nuvi 660 Price Drop: $736 at Amazon

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    Amazon has dropped the prices on the Garmin Nuvi 660 to their lowest yet; $736. The problem is if you want to stick it under the tree, they are saying that they "Usually ship in 2 to 3 days" which means no can do for Christmas morning. But hey, if you don't need it to go under a tree, it's the lowest price on the Nuvi 660 that they have offered. I know a lot of people trust Amazon, so there you go.

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    December 15, 2006

    GPS Steals and Deals - 12/15

    The Shopping season is winding down, and today is the LAST DAY for free shipping at Amazon on GPS models to get them in time for Christmas. (You can always pay for faster shipping and shop through next week.)


    How are you doing? Check out our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.


    Many "Offline" there are lots of sales that outright stink.... "$100 off" they promise. Check online first; Offline at Staples this week - Garmin C530 on "Special" for $499; Amazon = $399; save a cool $100.

    The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon - Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $460; Down $200 in a couple of months.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; a few weeks ago this was over $600.


    Mio C310x - This is the off-line exception. Staples is going to run another sale this coming week - $199 for this unit. The rest of their GPS deals stink. Apparently Fry's is also going to run this at $198 in the coming days. New shipments should be hitting retailers after the blowout over Thanksgiving. Know what you are buying - Check out our Review of the Mio C310x.

    Other Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $750 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $310 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Skip it and buy the Garmin C530 whose price is down to $399. Better chipset, and better screen for the same price.

    tomtom100small._V35466788_.jpgRemember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100.

  • TomTom ONE for $290 after $100 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds.

  • Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $390! See our Review of the TomTom ONE.


    More after the jump....

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  • December 14, 2006

    Got AMEX? TomTom GO 700 for $299


    So American Express is known for some wacky deals around the holidays, like selling Porches for $5,000 (limit 3 per year), and such, but this little deal looks to be a decent one for a TomTom GO 700 at $299 (sorry TomTom GiveGive rebate won’t apply), as long as supplies last and as long as you have an American Express Card. The TomTom GO 700 is last generation technology, but is a solid navigation device with Bluetooth handsfree capability.

    Quick check at Amazon has it at $399, so this not a bad price at $299.

    More at American Express My Wishlist

    Via Club TomTom

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    December 8, 2006

    GPS Steals and Deals (TomTom ONE $290) - 12/8

    tomtom100small._V35466788_.jpgRemember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100.

  • TomTom ONE for $290 after $100 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds.

  • Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $399! See our Review of the TomTom ONE.


    How are you doing? Check out our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.


    "Offline" there are lots of sales that outright stink.... "$100 off" they promise. Check online first; Offline I saw a Nuvi 350 the other day on "Special" for $599; you can save $150 at Amazon, but you knew that already.

    Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $450; Down $200 in a couple of months.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; WOW - a couple of weeks ago this was over $600.


    Run out of options for getting the Mio C310x at a store? There have been tight supplies of the Mio C310x in stores since the big blowout on Black Friday and the parade of $199 sales for the unit. The Staples near me doesn’t have any and they aren’t expecting any in for a while. Well a quick check of eBay shows a couple of hundred up for grabs. It appears that they are going for anywhere between $200 - $250.

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $750 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $310 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $350. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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