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

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 678 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value, works well

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    Dave
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    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

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    SOXRING
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great size for travel

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    Traveler
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    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

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    NlotLost
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Responsive performance, but lacking quality

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    apec877
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    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

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

    Posted
    BurlingtonMike
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Up Graded from my older Garmen

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    Gasman
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    Bought a bigger screen GPS to use in my Semi. Wanted something that I could easily see what it had to tell me. This has worked like a charm. It also has improved information for the driver that my old one didn't have. Curve warnings. Railroad track warnings. Speed change warnings. It remembers repeated trips. Lets me know how far away I am from where I'm going. A few different user cues to deal with. But that's OK. What I would like that it doesn't have is being able to have it allow me to program certain businesses to show up automatically. Had that on another maker of GPS a long LONG time ago. Garmen still doesn't have it. But it does have icons that if you tap them, it will show what it does have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to see but some errors

    Posted
    ClayL
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    I got this unit because I needed a bigger unit than my old Garmin. This unit is much easier for my 78 year old eyes to see than the older one. I have only used it locally so far and I have seen some routing mistakes. For example going to the airport it told me to make a left turn instead of the correct right turn. The interface is better in some respects than the old one and less intuitive in others. I was not able to press the car icon to set my current location until I found that I had to use a stylus instead of my finger. Hopefully the mistakes in directions will be fixed in upcoming map updates. (I did download the latest ones but not fixed yet)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Slow to notify

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    Bird21
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    just ok, wish I had bought a DriveSmart 61 instead

    Posted
    DaveR
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    I wanted a second GPS and had a DriveSmart 61 already. This one was on sale and salesman said only difference between the Drive 61 and the DriveSmart 61 was the ability to connect to the car with bluetooth and screen size. DriveSmart 61 has voice command even when you do not have bluetooth connected and I use it that way. Salesman was way wrong! The Drive 61 screen is not as bright as the DriveSmart and harder to see in bright sunlight also it is less sensitive to the touch and it does not have a voice command. Sorry I bought it. Should have spent another $75 to $100 and gotten a second DriveSmart 61. I kept it for 3 weeks prior to opening and trying it so it is too late to return Will have to learn to love it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS!

    Posted
    Josh
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    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

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not looking good for Garmin

    Posted
    Dinkster
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    I purchased this for a vacation trip . First issue was it would shut off after two or three hours of driving, This is highly concerning because this would be a safety issue. I would hate for this to fail on someone lost or in high traffic. Second it would not turn on when left in car , had to take back to the room and let it cool another concern , Finally with short use it will not turn back on , Garmins Customer service website is not user friendly and they try to get you to quit bothering them . Currently waiting on Garmin to respond to a replacement . No word yet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    not happy with product

    Posted
    tinman
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    No manual, had to find it online. For the price give us a manual. Read the manual and did the programming, but when I put in the destination and touched go I got "not found". So I entered a destination that was 5 miles away and hit go and still got "not found". So I re-read the manual and re-entered the info and got the same result. I then got out my 16 year old Garmin and entered the trip info and it went right into action. Upon returning from our trip 5 days later I returned the piece of crap and got my money back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Buy

    Posted
    Needprotection
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    I purchased this device to use when I used a rental car to travel. It's great improvement over previous models I've purchased. I love the way you input the address. The old models required separate fields for state, city etc. Here you input the address as you write it and the unit searches and gives you choices to select. The lane information along with a photo of the lanes is great for me. The alerts for speed limit changes saved me from a ticket the first time out. Couldn't find find any shortcomings with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin - Drive 61 LM 6.1" GPS with Lifetime Map Up

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    jimm
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    I upgraded from a nuvi 40LM. The six inch screen makes all the difference in the world. I am a Garmin fan and this unit does not disappoint. Like that it speaks street names. Like that it shows speed and posted speed and goes red when you exceed posted speed limit. It also gives you a heads up when a speed limit change is coming up. It was great that, using Garmin express, I was able to transfer all my favorites from one device to another. Saved me a lot of time. Updating maps is a breeze with Express. Very simple and intuitive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Road Trip Tool

    Posted
    Roadtrip
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    I typically use Google Maps to get around town, but for road trips, that's too consuming for battery and data. So, I turned to Garmin as a long haul GPS and it's absolutely fantastic to navigate interstate exits and city streets. Notification settings can be changed to your liking, like silent for passengers napping, or to notify you of certain stops. Super easy to punch in another address stop while you're on the road too. Highly recommend this for your road trips.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Garman GPS

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    Susan
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    Garman GPS In the last several weeks we’ve had to replace this product three times. We finally went to the next upgrade. For some reason this particular Garman we have now is working better however our previous garments we’re stopping directions and turning themselves off. Time will tell if this will still work. If this does not work we will switch GPS to another company. Reason we have this GPS is for rental car use. Are two cars to have GPS that works.!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    VERY GOOD

    Posted
    Nokia822
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    Is very good, the price was a little high for the unit since it is only a GPS. Is nice having a 6 inch screen. Is supposed to have Lane Assist, but on the highway I use it with - 2 lanes on each direction, just shows a regular street lanes (one in each direction) in 2 different colors even if I zoom in. You can add a traffic receiver if you needed it by buying it from Garmin. But there is a new 5 inch model at BestBuy that has it build in. I don't have that unit number but it should be easy to find it when you do your search for Garmin GPS's

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great GPS

    Posted
    electronicfan3
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    If you need a GPS make sure and get one that has Lifetime Map Updates like this one otherwise you will have to end up paying to update your map once it get's out of date. If you have an old GPS with out lifetime map updates, you would be better buying a new GPS with lifetime map updates instead of paying money to update your map. This is a great GPS and you can't go wrong with buying this one. You will be glad you did. It is easy to set up and easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin GPS - nice features

    Posted
    Duddley
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    I own an older model Garmin that I use quite often and thought it time to update with the 61 LM. Best Buy had a Christmas sale on the unit making it an even better time for the purchase. The unit has a larger screen then my previous model and the touch screen is more responsive to my touch. My old version was sometimes a nuisance with the screen sensitivity. I also appreciated the route editing that my current unit does not have.

    I would recommend this to a friend