Garmin StreetPilot c340 Vehicle GPS: REVIEW

 

Garmin’s StreetPilot c340 is the successor to the very popular and 4.5 star rated StreetPilot c330. The c340 keeps everything users raved about the c330 (including Garmin’s welcomed new user interface for its c-Series which we consider the simplest to use of all in-vehicle GPS navigation systems) and adds “text-to-speech” capability which tells you not only when to turn but also pronounces the street name (i.e., “Turn right on Main St” instead of “Turn right in 500 feet.”)

 


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(Includes ratings for the StreetPilot c330)

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Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
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In addition, the c340 automatically notifies you of traffic delays, allows you to see congested areas on a color-coded map, and allows you to avoid traffic by pushing a button to find a new route.

The c340 receives real-time traffic information from the optional Garmin GTM 10 FM TMC receiver through FM broadcast stations (subscription required) in select major metropolitan areas throughout the United States and Europe. User reviews have been consistent in indicating how well the traffic feature has performed and integrated with the other functions of the unit. Like the c330, the c340 comes pre-loaded with maps for North America, so it’s ready to use out of the box.

Pro
Con

Exceptionally easy to use

Speakers are loud and clear

No cons

 

With a computer, you can add additional maps from Garmin’s City Select map series, which includes Europe, Australia, etc. While not as powerful as Garmin’s high-end StreetPilot 2720, we’ve logged thousands of miles with Garmin’s c-Series and find that these units handle the needs of all but the most demanding road warriors by providing the most-needed GPS navigation functions in an easy-to-use, reliable package. [Updated: 13 November 2005; Early Review: 1 August 2005; © 2005 Rated4Stars.com]

 

 


Key Features at a Glance
Ready to Use Out of the Box?

Includes maps of US, Canada
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
Portable?
(internal battery)

 

Additional Specifications
Weight 9.45 oz.
Dimensions 4.4 W x 3.2 H x 2.8 D
Screen 2.8 inches W x 2.1 inches H (3.5 inches diag.), 320 x 240 pixels; QVGA transflective TFT with 16-bit color; 64 K colors; bright white LED backlight and touch screen
Chipset WAAS-enabled;12 parallel channel GPS receiver
In the Box StreetPilot c340 receiver; Vehicle suction cup mount w/12-volt adapter; PC/USB interface cable; A/C power adapter; Quick-reference guide and user’s manual
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty
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