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Garmin GPS 18 USB Deluxe Package

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the route planning and screen are generally positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the build quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin GPS 18 USB Deluxe Package is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Garmin GPS 18


Detailed maps/points of interest Pleasant voice directions• Good accuracy

Addressing system could be more intuitive Display too busy for drivers

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great as a truck driver


plugs into usb, favorite search

can get lost but not as much

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Nothing compares for the price !


Works best when put on the middle of the roof of your car.

Very accurate, withing 12 feet

Cannot find anything wrong with it


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Amazon review summary for Garmin GPS 18 USB Deluxe Package


alaTest has collected and analyzed 292 user reviews of Garmin GPS 18 USB Deluxe Package from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Hardware is excellent; software only so-so


I would definitely buy the hardware again, but would take the time to find better software for navigation. It's a great way to get a GPS as well as a navigator for a lot less than a built in system, and the large screen on a laptop is much easier to...

The hardware part of the GPS 18 works wonderfully. I used it on a 3900 mile trip from Austin, TX to the Bitterroot Valley of Montana and was easily able to pull in at least 10 satellites most of the time with the sensor mounted to the inside of my...

The software, while decent, fails on several counts. On our trip from Austin, TX to Missoula, MT, sometimes the software behaved oddly. When traveling on I-27, several times it decided that we should leave the highway and take the access road, parallel...

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Nice and compact. It'll even get a lock inside the house! Comes with City Navigator North America v8.


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First GPS


I have to read the manual one of these days.

I always wanted a GPS, but I didn't like the small screens. This GPS uses my laptop's screen which is much larger. The software loaded flawlessly. The receiver took a little while to initialize, but has no problems operating after initializing. A GPS...

Not sure why the initialization took a while, it locks on effortlessly now. It seemed to connect when I hit the talk button. The unit has so many features, I may not have done it correctly. I only studied the manual for a few seconds anyway.

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Fast and easy with USB hookup, even sensitive enough to use indoors. I put the unit inside the car with no problem.

NRoute software is not Vista compatible yet. Had to download Mapsourse to correct registry issue.

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Second one I have bought, and for the price vs free standing ones, you cannot go wrong if you have a laptop. One less device to carry around while traveling.

Light weight, very easy to set up. Not having to have more the one device to worry about while traveling. Routes have been right on, I have tried to get lost with it on and within a few minutes it has me right back on track.

The window mounts are VERY week. Found but just using velcro it works just as well and will not fall off while driving.

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Easy to use and setup. Takes about 5-8 minutes to lock on position initially then all is well. I would have preferred a choice of voices,and the possibility to input addresses instead of cross street corners in order to find plain residential...


Product Specifications

Turn your laptop PC into a powerful street navigator with the GPS 18 - a GPS sensor bundled with nRoute and City Select software that automatically guides you with turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts to get you safely to your destination. Similar to Garmin's MapSource software, nRoute features an easy-to-use interface, making it intuitive to operate so you can focus on driving. It offers auto-routing and voice-prompting capabilities to virtually any address. The GPS 18 package also includes City Select North America map data with detailed maps of the United States and select cities in Canada. This data is fully unlocked, and map detail includes highways, interstates, business and residential roads, with turn restrictions, speed categories, and other navigation features. It also features more than five million points of interest including restaurants, lodging, attractions, shopping, emergency services, post offices, and more. The GPS 18 includes a 12 parallel channel, WAAS-enabled sensor, available with either a PC or USB connection. The receiver includes an integrated magnetic base and is less than three inches in diameter. Traveling with your laptop on business or vacation? The GPS 18 is a simple, convenient, inexpensive way to turn your PC laptop into a personal navigator to get you where you're going.