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Garmin - Drive 61 LM 6.1" GPS with Lifetime Map Updates - Black

Travel throughout the United States with this Garmin Drive 61 GPS. It has a large 6-inch screen that indicates when you need to change lanes and what's up ahead, while it also displays your speed, the current road you're on and your estimated arrival time. Easy customizability lets you alter the notifications displayed by this Garmin Drive 61 GPS.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Garmin Drive 61 LM
    • USB cable, suction cup mount, car power cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (477 out of 526)

    Features


    Update your maps for free

    The pre-loaded maps of the U.S. can always be updated for free.

    6.1" color touch screen offers a clear view

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

    Customize your route options

    You can set up three alternate routes so you're prepared to take advantage of the road ahead.

    Connect to your computer using USB interface

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


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 526 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good value, works well

      Posted
      Dave
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      The 4th Garmin I have owned. In my mind, the Garmins are the best choice for car navigation. A bigger screen is always better. If you can afford it, go big. The Garmin hardware is well made and I had no issues with mounts and connections. Pros: Solid performance. Had some signal drift under dense canopies, but with clear sky, the gps and maps are spot on. Good quality maps that include most small trail-roads. Relatively standard interface. Much better gps signal performance than my phone. Cons: Maximize your screen space. This was a 6 inch model, which is barely enough. Having to use reading glasses with the gps is a pain, but the font size cannot really be increased with the small screen. The search tools are ok, but if you add a new stop to your trip, there is not a good way to remove it - when you find out that the stop is too far out of the way. The trip has to be stopped and restarted. My strategy was to google a potential stop first, check the location along the route, and then search and select the new stop. The voice commands were nearly the same between the my phone and the Garmin, so for short trips that don't need a visual map, a phone app has a slight advantage. To the GPS Vendors: A dedicated car navigation system has a lot of value, but these units should come standard with wifi/bluetooth that link to a cell hotspot. A mobile phone will never have enough screen space for navigational needs. Old peeps are barely able to read the tiny fonts and images on a phone. The screen needs to be big enough to hold a window for the area/regional map without losing the display of the main route. An 8 to 9 inch screen size is needed. An an option to double the font size would have huge value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good features, odd and confusing usage

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

      Perhaps my 5th GPS purchase over the years. I recommend buying the largest screen available - I went with 6 inch and it was much easier to understand with a quick glance. Really a pain to determine when you enter a new destination. Process is NOT intuitive. Be sure to try again to enter your new location if you do not get a screen that lets you choose wording like New Destination? If you don't enter yes, it mixes your newly entered destination with the last instructions you entered and the outcome is sometimes nasty. I typed an address withing MN correctly, it decided I wanted to go to North Dakota. I had never ever entered anything related to the Dakotas. Other issues related to the process. It DOES direct you properly once you comply with its proceedures but, like most GPS, if you are aproaching a gradual split of your highway into mutiple new roadways be prepared for choosing the wrong one. Also at one point on a curve of a major divided highway it sent an urgent message that I was going the wrong way on the highway. A glitch in the reading of the location by the GPS that went away but scares you enough that you won't forget what it said, and where you were when it went "rogue".

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Responsive performance, but lacking quality

      Posted
      apec877
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this GPS for use on a long road trip (MI to FL) to avoid using Cell data via Google Maps, which would be my usual go-to GPS. At first, the unit seemed good. The interface is generally very responsive to touch and comes with extra features that are fairly nice to have. HOWEVER, the issues with the system become apparent when driving long distances. The issues I had WERE NOT RELATED to my unit specifically, but rather the quality of the Garmin systems in general - and they highlight the utter lack of need for standalone GPS systems. After updating the installed software on the unit and updating to the latest map updates, I found three major issues with the Garmin system as a whole: 1) Even on the latest map updates, the maps were not correct for new road changes, etc., even in new construction areas that had been completed for 1+ year 2) Speed limit guidance was HORRIBLY inaccurate 3) Driver alerts (locations of interest, red light cameras, etc) were often inaccurate, though not as often as speed limit guidance This experience has highlighted why standalone GPS systems are no longer relevant. I will be returning this product.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great size for travel

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

      I worked out of state for a few months and was using my phone for getting around. It got to be too complicated between answering calls, emails, and texts to sometimes get the navigation going. I bought this Garmin specifically for its size of the screen because I was able to easily pack it in my laptop bag when I flew. As far as use, it was easy to use and it was pretty accurate for giving you the best route even with detours. Since I had been in a specific area for some time I started to become familiar with it and when I used the GPS it would want me to take a different route that I knew would take longer. It was a challenge to get it to reroute and if I just drove the way I knew it would want me to turn around or continue to push me to use the route it provided. The features for food, gas, etc are a nice touch. I used these quite a bit on my drives mostly because it was so easy to find a place to eat or get gas in the middle of nowhere and add it to the route. At the end of the day it got me to where I needed to go without having to use my phone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great interface with a few navigation quirks

      Posted
      NlotLost
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      Much better interface than an older TomTom or the one in a Mazda. Still learning the many options. In general got me around a 1,000 mil trip OK. Still trying to decide if the issues were partly my lack of experience. The maps even had forest roads within a national forest. Very useful to get to a campsite. When I left the campsite to go home it wanted to route me through miles of narrow gravel forest roads rather than backtrack two miles to the major highway i entered from when coming from other direction. Perhaps it computed a few miles or minutes saving, but not worth the hassle. I just backtracked to the highway and then it routed me to home OK. Mounting this large unit on the windshield with the suction cup not really useful. Temporarily rigged up a better location so I could more easily see the unit and use the buttons. Perhaps the Garmin beanbag type mount would work. Downloading the Garmin Express program to my computer and updating the unit was straightforward.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      On-line setup, map uploads & registering is easy.

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

      Worked well and finds sattalite signal quickly. Adding address locations is easy and it knows the likely addresses you are looking for and lists the possible local streets to help make your address selection easier to add to the address memory. It performed well in congested city streets as well as in open area scenic country routes. I wish I had opted for the Bluetooth version of this GPS, it would make the audible voice directions easier to hear. Audible voice is pleasant. Overall, this GPS is worth the sale price cost and adds some peace of mind to finding your way in first time traveled routes and unfamiliar city streets. It also recognizes immediately if you are about to turn in the wrong direction onto a one way street. This was a helpful feature I had not known it was capable of. It certainly helped me on several occasions- a nice safety feature that can keep you out of a highly dangerous situation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Slow to notify

      Posted
      Bird21
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      We've used this Garmin Drive 61 LM for about a week now. Sometimes it seems like it doesn't allow enough time/distance between notification of direction and when we are to actually carryout the direction. As a result, we've missed exits and lane changes, especially in traffic. Other times, it seems like it is slow in finding its location. For instance, we'll make a turn and a short while later, it will tell us to turn. The battery life is terrible, about 30 minutes. You need to definitely conserve battery if you plan on walking or biking any distance. We do like the way it gives direction with landmarks. For instance, "turn right after the McDonalds". And, we like the large screen display. There are other features we haven't tried yet. We intend to at least try those out before deciding whether to keep or return this item.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great GPS!

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

      I purchased this GPS for my upcoming move to California from Pennsylvania. The GPS is very easy to use and the screen is more than enough for easy viewing. One feature that really persuaded me to purchase the product was the lifetime map updates. Other companies like Ford require you to pay $150 to update their navigation system, which is a complete rip off. The user interface of the GPS is simple to use and the touch screen is quite responsive. I would certainly recommend this to anyone thinking of purchasing a GPS for long trips.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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