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Garmin Nuvi 260 / 260W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5281 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the voice guidance and screen. The performance and value for money are also appreciated.

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 77/100 = Good quality.

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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As the nuvi 260w has now been replaced by updated models, there is probably better performance to be found elsewhere via newer GPS models that incorporate updated hardware.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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Could be better but does the job


I find it annoying that Garmin does not program the number of the highway instead of choosing the name of the road for its database which can be numerous. Example: Hwy 67 in the Dallas area is also named "Marvin D. Love Freeway", "S G Alexander...

Touch screen, screen size

Low battery life, no carrying strap, poor keyword database

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Good decent GPS


Have not find any issue with the addresses entered yet

Slow sometimes, takes time to find satellites

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 <


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


GPS Software

Maps Included:Mexico/North America

GPS System

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n