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Garmin Nuvi 40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3962 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 40. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and maps. The performance and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, performance, maps, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 510 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 40 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Views about the size and durability are generally positive. The performance and maps are also appreciated, but comments about the design and reliability are mixed.

usability, maps, performance, durability, size

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex 20 Outdoor Handheld GPS UnitGarmin eTrex 20 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Garmin Nuvi 40


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2634 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 40 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the reliability and maps are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, performance, maps, reliability

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: See Color & Size OptionsSee Color & Size Options

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Garmin nüvi 40


Product not yet tested by PCMag editors.

Feb, 2012

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Handheld GPS Devices


The Garmin eTrex is a very basic GPS receiver that performs most of the same functions as the original eTrex (introduced about three years ago), including position fix, route tracking, and backtracking to your original position. Unfortunately, it...

Dec, 2002

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin eTrex 30


The Garmin eTrex 30 is the top of the line model in the new eTrex series, which brings a long-awaited update to this popular line. It offers paperless geocaching, new customization options and BirdsEye aerial imagery capability.

Bright display ; Small size ; GLONASS for improved accuracy ; Paperless geocaching capability ; BirdsEye aerial imagery and US/Canada topo compatibility ; Advanced track navigation ; Garmin custom maps capability ; Customization options (dashboards,...

Small display ; Distance to destination cycling and tracklog separation point to immature firmware

Despite some early bugs, I like the new eTrex series, and think it will be a good unit for all sorts of outdoors lovers. My quibbles with it are pretty minor, and Garmin has a good track record of fixing significant issues (although it can often take...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 40 review


The Garmin nüvi 40 is a 4.3” navigator in Garmin's new 2012 Essential series. The models in this series are meant to be basic navigators at a budget price, lower than what we've previously seen for Garmin entry-level models. Nevertheless, they do come...

No powered mount ; Cannot add a traffic receiver ; Can only hide Trip Log; cannot clear it without resorting to a hard reset ; Only includes maps of 48 states (although a version that adds Alaska, Hawaii and Canada is also available)

Highly recommended. This is without a doubt the best entry level navigator Garmin has ever released. It has a generous 4.3” wide screen along with features previously restricted to mid-range units. You can't hardly go wrong with this one.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin zumo 665


The motorcycle-centric Garmin zumo 665 updates the zumo 660, adding an XM receiver for XM Satellite Radio®, real-time XM NavWeather® and real-time XM NavTraffic®. Designed especially for motorcycles, the 665 brings earlier zumo series features, like a...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin Foretrex 401


The Garmin Foretrex 401 is a bit unusual. This wrist-mounted unit isn't a full-fledged sportswatch, nor does it have the feature set found in some of the nicer handheld GPS receivers. It's probably best suited for folks wanting to minimize the weight...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Brian Lam (

First Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS Review: Barebones, Fast, Capable


I'd written about the highly capable c580 GPS the other day with endless bells and whistles—not all of them useful.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Kaylee Todd (

Review of the Garmin "eTrex" GPS Personal Navigator


The Garmin eTrex GPS Personal Navigator may seem like a toy to many, but once you own it, you will be amazed at the ways you can find to use its many navigational features.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin eTrex


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Dec, 2005

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Garmin eTrex GPS receiver


The Garmin eTrex is an easy-to-use, entry-level GPS navigation device for outdoors use. The unit doesn't use maps for navigation, but its PC connectivity gives you flexibility in tracking and planning your routes on a PC.

Value for money: The Garmin eTrex is very good value for money when you are looking for an entry level GPS device. Because of its PC connectivity, it is easier to use for tasks like planning and tracking waypoints and routes than many other entry-level...

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