Garmin - Drive 50LMT 5" GPS with Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Traffic Updates - Black

Sit back and let your GPS do the navigating with the Garmin Drive 50 LMT. This GPS comes programmed with detailed maps, traffic avoidance and alerts for dangerous curves or driver fatigue. Use the search feature to locate the nearest restaurants or gas stations. Keep you and your family headed in the right direction with the Garmin Drive 50 LMT.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Garmin Drive 50LMT
    • Preloaded maps of the U.S.
    • Lifetime maps and traffic
    • Lifetime traffic antenna/vehicle power cable
    • Vehicle suction cup mount
    • USB cable
    • Quick start manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (45 out of 48)

    Features


    Detailed maps of USA

    With free lifetime map updates and traffic updates.

    5” backlit touchscreen with color display for easy viewing day or night

    The large screen makes it simple to enter destinations and navigate functions and settings.

    Guidance Using Recognizable Landmarks

    With voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence.

    Lane assistance keeps you ready for the next turn

    Colorful arrows tell you which lane to be in to make your next exit or turn.

    Avoid heavy traffic and reroute directions in real time

    Lifetime traffic updates help you steer clear of jams and backups. If you miss a turn or depart from the directions given, new directions to your destination are automatically given.

    Connect to your computer using USB interface

    Easily connect to your computer to get map updates and more.

    Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter.

    Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas.


    Customer rating

    4.4
    94%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Gets the job done, but short battery life.

      Posted
      Buddy

      . Replaced my Navigon 2100 Max with out-dated maps. This Garmin Drive 50LMT has similar basic features, plus a few more, and is fairly intuitive to learn. The Lane Assist and Junction View were "must have" features after being spoiled with the Navigon's similar features. I do wish there were more Junction View photos available. When Junction View photos are not available (quite often), the smaller displayed Lane Assist function appears to be adequate. I did not want to use my mobile phone for traffic updates, and the 50LMT includes the appropriate power / antenna cable. Although I know using a smart phone, paired with a supported GPS device (not this one), will provide superior real time traffic updates. I'm a big fan of the Driver Awareness features and alerts. Keeps me updated and my speed in check. I especially like the School Zones alerts that I will admit I normally don't pay as much attention as I should. (If that feature saves me only one traffic ticket, then it pays for the device.) I didn't realize this unit has a Portrait Orientation view option. Once found, it does comes in handy when I grab-and-go to use in my wife's car. Just sit it upright in in one of the trays for a short local location. Nice! The one major limitation is the very short battery life and the reason I only gave it 4-Stars. I can only use about 20 minutes before it auto shuts down. I do have the screen brightness maxed out during the day. In comparison, my 9 year old Navigon, at full brightness, still runs over 1.5 hrs before requiring a recharge. Now Garmin advertises "up to 1 hr battery life", and I guess 20 mins does meet that statement? Also this device appears to drain the battery when not in use and turned off, not just in standby mode, but off (hold down power button for about 10 seconds). If I could get a full hour of use without the power cable, then I would be a very satisfied customer and this would be rated 5-Stars. I can only surmise Garmin is trying to keep the size, weight, and price-point down using batteries that meet those design specs. Oh well... Overall, for the price paid (deal of the day), it meets my current GPS requirements when used with the power cable and hopefully will be as useful and lasts as long as my Navigon GPS device that still works although with outdated maps.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good reliable GPS

      Posted
      TechReview
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Easy to read and helpful when traveling and don't want to use your phone data and battery life. Only negative is that this newer version does not have the sound indicator to notify you of exact turn or cut off but there is the talking computer voice assistant notifying you ahead of time. Everything is visual. Accuracy of actual measurement to turn not extremely accurate but good enough to get you to your location. Don't like the fact that only fast charging option is through car lighter. No usb chord which would allow for charging of other devices in the car. Traffic data not very accurate for estimating destination time. Alternate routes does not save you time in heavy traffic and it deceives you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good unit

      Posted
      Roger
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It was less expensive to purchase new unit instead of updating map in old unit. Looked at all models and selected the 50 LMT for size, lifetime maps and traffic. Works very well and am happy with it. I did purchase the vent mount for it as I do not like it sitting on the dash. I do wish I had gone for the model that accepts oral directions, but this one does a good job for what I need. Recommend this unit, you will not go wrong with it. Very easy learning curve and many options that I am still learning; alternate routes, insert way points, restaurants in area.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Quick to Pick Up Satellites/Location

      Posted
      Rustacles
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This Garmin has a nice view screen and is quick to plot your location. Screen is easy to use. I am still trying to figure out some things with it such as displaying current time and destination time. One thing that is a bit of a nuisance is that this model has lifetime Maps & Traffic but it takes 35-45+ minutes to get the traffic to show up. If you have a short commute to work that may not work. If you leave it plugged in then for a day or so it will be on top of the traffic but after that it will need to start over updating traffic if you haven't drove your vehicle. My 60LMT is the same way...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Decent GPS for the money

      Posted
      Shawn
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This gps can get you any where in the US it is a touch screen makes it easy to navigate the applications and figure out where you need to go.I gave it four stars because the traffic transmitter can't track backups unless it's a main highway or other interstate where Google traffic app is able to do that other then that a great gps to find where your at or where you need to go.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this GPS

      Posted
      Lakehousegirl
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This GPS has so many new features that we are amazed at all the things it tells you. It shows the speed limit and notifies you when you are over the limit. It shows schools and railroad crossings and when the road is at a dead end and many more. It shows many places to eat and stay for so many places. Amazing GPS. We love it!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Disappointed

      Posted
      CJCJ
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Wrote a long review explaining the many negatives of buy this unit and and it did not go thru. So to make it short if you buy this product you will be frustrated. Garmin is no longer my to go to of GPS units. I'm returning after just one week of use, any longer and I would toss it out the car window. If you buy it don't say you weren't warn. Good luck if you do.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Better GPS's for the same money

      Posted
      DJ61
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Upon receipt, everything on GPS was in Spanish. After several atempts to switch to English, ultimately had to contact tech services to accomplish. Without contacting them, there iwas no other instruction / assistance available to switch. Device is not easy to navigate / operate.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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