by Chris Devers
There’s a bewildering array of in-car GPS systems to choose from nowadays. I have owned an off-brand system for a little over a year now and have made do with this until a week ago. On a trip to an unfamiliar area a month ago, I was running late for an appointment and relied on my old GPS system to get me there. It did fine on getting me to the general area then proceeded to take me around the block. And around again. Then again. I came close to throwing the thing out of the window and vowed right there and then that I was going to invest in a decent system.
I did a lot of research on the web and eventually narrowed my choice down to three different models, two of them from Garmin and one from TomTom.
The Garmin Nuvi 760 includes multi-destination routing, spoken directions with real street names and integrated traffic receivers. This model also includes a picture viewer, an MP3 player, a world travel clock, currency and measurement converter and a calculator.
To be honest, I didn’t see a need for all the extras packed into this device but I was attracted by the good reputation that Garmin GPS units have. The only important thing for me was the accuracy and capabilities of the routing engine. That may seem obvious but it’s easy to become sidetracked by all the other features that are packed into these devices nowadays.
I was not disappointed with the Garmin. It is very fast to locate your current position and fast to calculate the best route. One minor niggle; The speaker volume could be a bit louder, normally not a problem but with the windows down and traveling at 70 mph it was a strain to hear. The Garmin 760 includes an FM transmitter to play directions through the car radio which I will investigate on my next trip.
Overall I am very happy with this GPS and believe I made a good choice.
Read my full Garmin Nuvi 760 Review for more information and specifications.