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Garmin Zumo 550

Garmin Zumo 550
alaScore 77

848 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 848 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and route planning. The performance and screen also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the value for money.

usability, screen, performance, route planning, build quality

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Zumo 550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 848 reviews)

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Garmin Zumo 550


Customize your ride with the rugged z-mo 550. Designed by bikers, z-mo's motorcycle-friendly features make it easy to operate while in the saddle. From back roads to rallies, its preloaded maps and high-end navigation features give you the freedom to...

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Garmin Zumo 550


The Garmin Zumo 550 provides text- and voice-guided directions to motorcyclists and comes with an easy-to-install mounting kit for a motorcycle or a car. All maps are preloaded on the device, and the unit has a built-in MP3 player and integrated...

The Garmin Zumo 550's points of interest database is outdated and occasionally gave us wrong street names or no street at all for some side streets. Also, automatic route recalculation is a bit on the slow side. The compass only works in off-road mode,...

Despite some very slight performance glitches, the Garmin Zumo 550 is a fantastic navigation system for motorcyclists (and cars), with good Bluetooth integration.

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Garmin Zumo 550: Long-Term Motorcycle GPS Review


Garmin's most popular motorcycle GPS has withstood the harshest of conditions and has proven time and again that it's a must-have for the avid motorcycle rider. This is a two-year, 50,000 mile review of this product.


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Garmin zumo 550 review


The Garmin zumo 550 GPS is designed especially for motorcycles. The zumo comes pre-loaded with maps of Europe or North America, and Bluetooth allows for hands free cell phone calling through the cyclist's helmet. This high-end unit includes the...

UPDATE: Though still available and supported, Garmin has discontinued the nuvi 680. For newer models, check out my Garmin nuvi comparison chart.

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Garmin Zumo 550


Knowing what I know now through first hand experience, If I had to do it all over again, I would. I would also highly recommend this unit to anyone who can afford it. You will be glad you did.

Works very well, just like advertised. I have had this unit for a little over a year and use it regularly as I am a 365 day a year rider. Regular lifetime updates have kept me up to date and the unit always works well

I have not found any yet

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Garmin Zumo 550


You can use it in a car or your motorcycle. I give it a on scale from 1 to 10 a 10. It tells you if you are low on fuel. It tells you how far to your destination, how many miles and the ETA. It tells you if you are going North, South, West or East....

All pros. I use it on my motocycle. Bought it while station in Hawaii and I never got lost. No matter were I am transferd I use it and save gas. I would never go anywhere with out it

Only one: It should come with the XM cable and the key lock so I can leave it on my motorcycle and don't have to take it off when my park my Motorcycle

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Garmin Zumo 550


Until this and some other glitches I've read are fixed, this is a GPS to stay away from.

It shows where you are and maps a route to where you want to go. Fine, all GPS units do this, even those for under a hundred dollars

If you fat finger the screen when entering your Security Code, which is easy to do wearing gloves, you get a screen that tells you you must go to your Security Location in order to unlock the GPS, rendering it USELESS if you're far from home!!. DUMB

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Garmin Zumo 550


I purchased the Garmin zumo 250 in Dec 2010. I used it in the car once, and it worked great. I had the hardware installed on my 08 Ultra Classic Ultra Glide. Everything was hooked up perfect. Turned the unit on, and all of my maps were wiped out. Don't...

Touch screen, bright images, Hope to have better luck with next Garmin Zumo 550

Lost all maps on unit, so I wasn't able to use it, but one time. Was great for the short time I used it. Returned to Costco, and ordered another one. Hope to have better results from the new Garmin Zumo 250

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Volume! Need more VOLUME!!!!


My only real major complaint with the Zumo is the volume and lack of headphone jack on the stand-alone unit. With the volume of the Zumo set to maximum 100%, my Motorola MotoPure H12 blue-tooth earpiece set to maximum 100% , it is still difficult most...

User friendly.with lots of functions needed for road trips. Easy to read screen, Text to Speech, compact

Volume to low at maximum setting. Quality of MP3. No headphone jack or speaker in stand-alone unit

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Not worth the price. Targetted us motorcyclist.


It's not a lack of features, because it delivers quite well. But again I know I'm repeating my self but I can't justify the price. I've been using a Quest for years, and it's a great unit. My wife bought me the Zumo...I would have rather had a Flat...

Screen presentation, easy handling

To pricey for what it delivers. There are so many other units that have the same capability, but are not water resistant. That addiional cost not worth it

Product Specifications


FM Transmitter: No
FM Tuner: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device
TV-Tuner: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB: Yes


Display Technology:Unknown
Monitor Format:4:3
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:One-Point Touch

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable


3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks: No
Lane Assistant: No
Map Coverage:Single continent
Map Provider:Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Map Storage Medium:On board Flash Memory
Pedestrian Mode: No
Reality View: No
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel:Traffic Info ready
Voice Control: No


CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: Yes