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Garmin StreetPilot C530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 441 reviews of Garmin StreetPilot C530. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the screen and reliability are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated, whereas reviews are divided on the maps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin StreetPilot C530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 276 user reviews of Garmin StreetPilot C530 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The performance and price are also appreciated.

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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin StreetPilot c530 3.5-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin StreetPilot c530 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin StreetPilot c530 review


Additional options include live traffic information, the Garmin Language Guide™ and Garmin Travel Guide™.

Aug, 2006

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garmin street pilot c530


great gps, garmin offer free or discounted map updates if you show them the invoice for this gps.

awesome gps, grabbed mine for 107$ on e*ay refurbished. Ultra east to use and with the right "modifiactions" to the software can do read street names. Maps are ok

maps are kinda old, and thats not good considering i live i houston but what do u expect for the price

Aug, 2008

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Buy a Garmin just not this one


DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT--it will endlessly frustrate you.

It was a cheaper model, and when it works, and you are driving on older roads, it doesn't miss. I learned quickly to follow it when in doubt

This is a discontinued item--a bigger issue than I thought. It contains old maps, it won't take you long to find streets that it doesn't know, so the cheap price vanishes because you have to purchase a $70 map immediately. Then it gets more...

Jul, 2008

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Since I don't have anything else to compare it to, it's a great tool for me and my wife. I have a travel trailer and it's going to come in handy when we travel


Mar, 2008

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Love it!


Excellent product, excellent price. You won't be dissapointed. Thanks NewEgg!

Excellent design. Very easy to use. All maps work for me, haven't had to update it yet and I use it a lot. Plus, I love the added features. E.g. to find restaurants (even by type of food), hotels, gas stations, banks, ATMs, etc... This unit has never...


Mar, 2008

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GARMIN StreetPilot c530 3.5" GPS Navigation


Yes, as many others have said the maps are a little outdated. But if you see that you are in a construction zone you need to start looking for signs pointing you in the right direction for the turn you are looking for. Even if you were to get maps...

Has every feature you need in a GPS. Before I bought this I had used a friends TT unit for a week that cost more than double what I paid for this one. This one has everything that the more costly unit had with the exception of multiple voices to choose...

Paying for updated maps. Garmin should be ashamed for charging for updated maps. It wouldn't be so bad if it were only ten or twenty bucks ; But this is not enough in my opinion to lower the rating. The maps are still overall very accurate

Feb, 2008

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Overall would recommend it to any one. Mine came with out the USB Cable.

Do not know what to ask for any better.

Just does not tell you to stop at stop sign's. OK!!

Feb, 2008

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I like it real well, It is easy to use, and has lots of preloaded points of interest. The maps are very detailed.

Very easy to use right out of the box.

volume is not easily adjusted,to low at medium setting.

Feb, 2008

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Garmin Street Pilot c530


I received the above in a couple of days after ordering. I have since worked with it in my car and it is really great. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to purchase a GPS system for a reasonable price from a good supplier..

Feb, 2008

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A nice and economical GPS device for the first user!

Easy to use, Easy to install

It is a bit slow, and you may miss your turn if you are using a GPS for the first time. Shows a turn @ 50 ft ahead

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

Talk about simple. The portable StreetPilot c530 comes ready-to-go right out of the box with preloaded maps and plenty of options. Monitor traffic tie-ups with the addition of an optional traffic receiver. In select metro areas, with the addition of the GTM 20 FM TMC traffic receiver, the SteetPilot c530 notifies you of accidents, road construction, and weather-related traffic delays before they are encountered, and then offers an alternate route. Simply touch the screen icon to calculate a new route. The c530 comes with preloaded maps and includes automatic routing, 2D or 3D map perspective, and turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names - making navigation easy. It also accepts customized points of interest (POIs) such as school zones and safety cameras. Optional software available on plug-in SD cards, lets you instantly add new features to your c530 - without connecting to your computer.


Run Time (Up To):8hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:320 x 240


Form Factor:Fixed

Dimensions & Weight



Display Resolution:320 x 240
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):8

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB/USB
GPS Functions / Services:Altimeter / Distance / Speed
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Bike/Scooter: Yes
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): Yes
Sport (fitness, running): No

GPS type



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin StreetPilot




Voice commands: No


Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-15 - 70
Operating temperature range (T-T):-15 - 70

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery life (max):8

Technical Details

Form Factor:Fixed
Number of Waypoints:500

Weight & Dimensions