Garmin nuvi 200, 250, 260, 270: REVIEW

 

Garmin’s nuvi series, introduced with the 300 series, began as began as a high-end unit targeting the business traveler and "gotta have it" gadgeteer. Its widespread appeal, even at a premium price, is a testament to the nuvi line’s ease of use, full functionality, and reassuring capability.With the 200 series, Garmin puts nuvi excellence in the hands of the rest of us.

 

 


Ratings Summary
Includes ratings for Garmin nuvi 200, 250, 260, 270
nuvi 200
Owner Reviews
nuvi 250
Owner Reviews
nuvi 260
Owner Reviews
nuvi 270
Owner Reviews
nuvi 200
Our Rating: 4 Stars
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Note that the nuvi 200W, 250W and 260W are wide-body versions of the nuvi 200, 250 and 260 respectively, but are otherwise identical.

The 200 series offers an entry-level system that sacrifices none of the core navigation capabilities of the 300, 600 and 700 series, with the exception of text-to-speech capability (reading street names aloud), found in the 200 series only in the nuvi 260.We now view text-to-speech as a near-essential component, keeping your eyes on the road, not on your GPS’ screen. With the 200 series rollout, Garmin took the opportunity to freshen the nuvi design, and the 200 series is sleeker, thinner and sports a more modern look, aided by the lack of a fold-out antenna — it’s now an internal patch antenna. Garmin also appealed to the broad appeal of its widescreen models, offering two widescreen choices in the 200 series: The 200W and 250W. None of the 200 series are live traffic capable, a feature many may eventually want. Nor do any of 200s play MP3 files or provide Bluetooth capability for hands-free telephone operation. Nevertheless, the nuvi 200 series is based on the same high-quality chipset as its premium models, ensuring rapid satellite acquisition and good reception even among tall buildings or tall trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro
Con

Great value; includes many features found in more expensive models

Easy to use

Most models lack text-to-speech

Not traffic-capable (not upgradable)

Many prospective owners will likely be comparing the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition which is generally priced lower. We find it hard to beat the ease of use and feature set of the nuvi 200 series, but the ONE is traffic-capable and includes other compelling features, such as its "Help me!" safety feature and its "Map Share" feature which allows you (and other owners) to make corrections to maps and upload them via your computer. Like the nuvi 200 series (except the 260), the TomTom ONE does not offer text-to-speech. In summary, we believe the Garmin 200 series will find its niche among those seeking a solid entry-level offering that’s exceptionally easy to use. However, even if you’re sold on a nuvi, with nearly 20 nuvi models in North America, it’s important to carefully consider the features you want now, and may want later. [Review Date: 2 October 2007 © 2007 Rated4Stars.com]


Key Features at a Glance
Feature
nuvi 200
nuvi 250
nuvi 260
nuvi 270
Ready to Use Out of the Box?

U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico (no Alaska or Canada detail)

North America (including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Canada)

North America (including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Canada)

North America (including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Canada) and Europe
Spoken, Turn-by-Turn Directions?
Text-to-Speech? (Announces Street Names)
Voice Recognition?
Multi-Destination Routing?
Bluetooth?

MP3/Audio Player?

Live Traffic/Weather?

Suitable for Offroad Use?
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Portable?
(internal battery)
Other Features:
Photo viewer, “Where am I?” Safety Feature, travel features
Photo viewer, “Where am I?” Safety Feature, travel features
Photo viewer, “Where am I?” Safety Feature, travel features
Photo viewer, “Where am I?” Safety Feature, travel features

 

 

 

Additional Specifications
Weight 200, 250, 260, 270 Models: 5.2 ounces (147.42 g)

200W, 250W, 260W Models: 6.1 ounces (172.93 g)

Dimensions 200, 250, 260, 270 Models: 3.8"W x 2.8"H x .8"D (9.7 x 7.1 x 2 cm); 320 x 240 pixels; QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight

200W, 250W, 260W Models: 4.8"W x 2.9"H x .8"D (12.2 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm)

Screen 200, 250, 260, 270 Models: 2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5" diag (8.9 cm)

200W, 250W, 260W Models: 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm); ; 480 x 272 pixels; WQVGA color TFT with white backlight

Chipset SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS
In the Box nüvi 200/200W/250/250W/260/260W/270, Preloaded City Navigator® NT (region depends on model), Vehicle suction cup mount*, Dashboard disc, Quick start manual
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty
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