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Garmin nuvi 255W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9399 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the voice guidance and screen. The performance and value for money also get good feedback.

usability, value for money, performance, screen, voice guidance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin nuvi 255W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin nuvi 255W

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1541 user reviews of Garmin nuvi 255W from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, performance, screen, route planning

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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Nuvi 255W Traffic Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU MappingGarmin Nuvi 255W Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU MappingGarmin Nuvi 255W 4.3" Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin nuvi 255W

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6532 user reviews of Garmin nuvi 255W from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, performance, screen, voice guidance

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 255W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 255W 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin nüvi 255 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Garmin Nuvi 255W

 

Editors' note: The following review is of the Garmin Nuvi 205W . The 255W is identical to the 205W in nearly every way, except that the 255W features a text-to-speech function that reads street and points of interest (POI) names aloud and is preloaded...

The Garmin Nuvi 255W features a large touch screen and an easy-to-understand interface. Start-up, destination entry, and trip routing and rerouting times are slightly faster than the competition. "Where am I?" feature is very useful for emergencies....

The Nuvi 255W's feature set is rather limited. Mounting cradle is bulkier than competing models and not very portable.

As entry-level GPS navigators go, the Garmin Nuvi 255W is still one of the best choices available for anyone who wants speedy performance without breaking the bank.

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Budget car GPS

 

In real-life use, owners say the Garmin nuvi 255W is a reliably fast, efficient navigator -- more so than newer, fancier Garmin models. Experts say the nuvi 255W offers the two most important extra features, too: an easy-to-see widescreen and spoken...

Widescreen, speaks street names, fast routing and mapping

No free traffic alerts, no Bluetooth

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Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS Review

 

Garmin is one of the best-known, leading competitors in the GPS market, and the Garmin Nuvi 255W is the next in the classic Nuvi line. It is a fairly basic, inexpensive model, but functions efficiently - it's good at what it does.

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Garmin nüvi 255W

 

The nüvi 255W from Garmin is vastly popular GPS and for good reason, it's priced to sell and offers a great user interface. A five hour battery life and smooth 3D or 2D maps. The screen which is one of …

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Garmin Nuvi 205W, 255W Full Review

 

The Garmin Nuvi 205W/255W were announced earlier this year and are quickly taking their place as solid entry level units in the Garmin line-up. The Nuvi 205W/255W offer a series of new tweaks that I have quickly come to appreciate and enjoy.

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Garmin nuvi 255 review

 

The Garmin nuvi 255 is one of Garmin's entry level navigators and, like the rest of the nuvi 2×5 series, it is loaded with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. Before we get into those though, let's look at...

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Garmin nuvi 255W review

 

The Garmin nüvi 255W is one of Garmin's entry level navigators and, as part of the nuvi 2×5 series, it's loaded with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. More about that in a moment; first the basics.

The Garmin nuvi 255W is a joy to use. I recommend it, or any other member of the nuvi 2×5 series, without hesitation. Garmin has set a new standard with this product line; the nuvi 2×5 series is the best entry level GPS on the market.

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Garmin Nuvi 255W

 

The Garmin Nuvi 255W ranks among the best "Traffic Optional" Personal Navigation Devices being edged out only very slightly by the TomTom GO 730 in overall performance. The Nuvi 255W provides a bigger bang for the buck, however, in that it is...

On the downside, the 255W doesn't allow for excluding certain streets from the route list as many comparable devices do

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Garmin nuvi 255

 

Garmin's nuvi 255 offers the same features as its widescreen counterpart, the nuvi 255W, but it has a smaller and lower resolution display and a cheap...

Compact design, ease of use and operation, Where Am I help menu, Australian text-to-speech voices, preloaded speed and red light camera alerts

No Bluetooth, no FM transmitter, speaker volume lacks punch, unorthodox address input method, sluggish start-up time, average display

Although it doesn't offer any advanced features like Bluetooth, the nuvi 255 features text-to-speech technology and provides a solid combination of excellent navigation and ease of use. If you can afford to splash out a bit extra though, we highly...

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Garmin nuvi 255W

 

Garmin's nuvi 255W has a similar design and user interface to most of the company's other GPS units. This is good news for consumers, as the ease of u...

Compact design, ease of use and operation, Where Am I help menu, Australian text-to-speech voices, preloaded speed and red light camera alerts

No Bluetooth, no FM transmitter, speaker volume lacks punch, unorthodox address input method, sluggish start-up time

While not offering any advanced features like Bluetooth, the nuvi 255W features text-to-speech technology and provides a solid combination of excellent navigation and ease of use.

Product Specifications

Go wide and get peace of mind with nvi 255W. This affordable, widescreen navigator leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names and optional MSN Directreg services to get you there on time and keep you informed. It's packed with millions of destinations and maps for North America or Europe. Like the rest of the sleek n#252vi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use. See More With nvi 255W's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read - from any direction. Navigate With Ease nvi 255W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigatorreg NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map updates as you navigate. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nvi 255W accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFixtrade satellite prediction, nvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker. Take It With You Like the rest of the nvi 2x5-series, nvi 255W sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. With its "Where Am I?" emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the

Battery

Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm/8.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.9in
Weight:5.2oz/6.1oz
Width:4.8in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Australia/Canada / Puerto Rico / USA/New Zealand/North America

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Time/date
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive/Automotive / Hiking
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Country Kits:Europe
Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:255W/255WCS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Navigation

Routes:0
Waypoints:1000
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