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Garmin Nuvi 260 / 260W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5545 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the voice guidance and screen. The performance and value for money are also mentioned favorably.

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 260 / 260W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 260 / 260W

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5017 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 260 / 260W from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

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

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 260 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

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Garmin Nuvi 260

 

Editors' note: The following review is of the Garmin Nuvi 200 series. As part of the 200 series, the 260 has the same design, functions, and features as the unit reviewed below, but adds a text-to-speech function that reads street and POI names aloud....

The Garmin Nuvi 260 boasts a compact design and is easy to use. It offers accurate directions and some nice tools for the traveler. The Nuvi 260's text-to-speech reads street and POI names aloud.

Though the Nuvi 260 is more affordable than other models in the series, we wish the price was slightly lower based on the included feature set.

The Garmin Nuvi 260 offers drivers and travelers a more budget-friendly version of the popular portable navigation devices and includes text-to-speech, but we think the price is still slightly high for what you get.

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Garmin nuvi 260W

 

As the nuvi 260w has now been replaced by updated models, there is probably better performance to be found elsewhere via newer GPS models that incorporate updated hardware. Garmin and TomTom still fiercely compete for your GPS dollar, so actively...

Slim DesignHigh sensitivity receiverRoom for 500 custom locationsSpoken street names

Slow startup time

The Garmin nuvi 260w provides widescreen GPS navigation with a touch...

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Garmin nuvi 260W Review

 

Garmin's nuvi 260W has been moved to the "Discontinued" section of Garmin's website, but the company still provides regular firmware and map updates for the 260W.

Good, Basic Reliable GPS with Text To Speech

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Garmin Nuvi 260 and 270 Portable GPS Navigators Review

 

The Garmin Nuvi 260 and 270 models are less expensive, portable GPS navigators. The 200 Nuvi series overall is the entry level series of the very popular Garmin Nuvi range of portable/personal GPS navigators with features to aid the traveller

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Garmin nuvi 260W review

 

The Garmin nüvi 260W is a member of Garmin's popular entry level nuvi 200 series. A 4.3″ wide screen version of the smaller nuvi 260, the 260W is identical to it in all other respects. The 260 and 260W are the only two models in the first-generation...

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Garmin Nuvi 260W Widescreen GPS Navigation with Text to Speech

 

The garmin nuvi 260W is an extension of the nuvi widescreen models which already includes the Garmin nuvi 200W and Garmin nuvi 250W. It's specification is identical apart from the addition of text-to-speech capability

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Garmin nuvi 260 review

 

UPDATE: A newer model, the nuvi 255, offers these features and more.

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Garmin Nuvi 260 Review

 

I currently own both a Nuvi 250 and a 260, both of which are excellent and wonderful devices, and the most useful new feature that the 260 has and the 250 doesn’t have is the text to speech feature. This means that the gps system actually says the...

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Garmin Nuvi 260

 

As per the 260W — an easy to use GPS, with great verbal speed and red light camera warnings which, unfortunately, aren't installed by default — but narrower and AU$100 cheaper.

Simple interface with big icons ; Compact windshield mount ; Great verbal speed and red light camera warnings

but you'll have to wrestle demonic overlord of the internet first ; Slow start-up time

Overall In ease-of-use terms the Garmin loses in a points decision with TomTom's, primarily because of the missing QWERTY keyboard and the safety camera warnings which have to be loaded manually. At the RRP we'd still plump for TomTom's fourth...

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Garmin Nuvi 260W

 

A good, easy to use GPS, with great verbal speed and red light camera warnings which, unfortunately, aren't installed by default.

Simple interface with big icons ; Compact windshield mount ; Great verbal speed and red light camera warnings

but you'll have to wrestle demonic overlord of the internet first ; Slow start-up time

Overall In ease-of-use terms the Garmin loses in a points decision with TomTom's, primarily because of the missing QWERTY keyboard and the safety camera warnings which have to be loaded manually. At the RRP we'd still plump for TomTom's second...

Product Specifications

Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Automobile Navigator with Text-to-speech and 4.3'' Active Matrix TFT Color LCD The nuvi 260W personal navigator boasts many updated features. In addition to the features found in the nuvi 250W, the nuvi 260W will provide turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names. The text-to-speech feature prompts you to ''Turn right on Main St'' instead of ''Turn right in 500 feet''. The nuvi 260W offers full coverage mapping for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Preloaded map data features over six million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions. The map data is provided by NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping. Features: * Sleek, ultra-slim design * Easy, touchscreen interface * Wide, 4.3'' diagonal color display; 480 x 272 pixels; WQVGA touchscreen display, with white backlight * Preloaded with City Navigator North America NT - includes detailed mapsof U.S., Canada & Puerto Rico * Offers a three-dimensional mapping perspective, or 2D overhead view * Turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance: text-to-speech feature prompts you to ''Turn right on Main St'' instead of ''Turn right in 500 feet'' * High-sensitivity GPS receiver for improved performance and reception * Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more * Includes travel features such as picture viewer, world clock, currency & measurement converters and calculator * SD memory card expansion slot * Includes Garmin Lock anti-theft feature * On-unit help access the quick start manual and more directly from the unit * Built-in lithium-ion battery * Battery life: up to 5 hours depending on usage * Includes sturdy suction cup mount that allows for easy adjustment and quick release * Simplified PC connectivity, similar to a digital camera, using USB mass storage with access to eitherthe SD card slot or to the unit's internal memorydirectly from your PC desktop <

Battery

Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5"/4.3 / 4.3"/4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm/8.9 cm
Resolution:320 x 240/480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.8in/2.9in
Weight:5.2oz/6.1oz
Width:3.8in/4.8in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Mexico/North America

GPS System

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

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:260/260W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Miscellaneous

Refurbished:Refurbished

Navigation

Routes:0
Waypoints:500
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