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Garmin Nuvi 265WT
By: Joe Eitel
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    2009-04-21

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  • Garmin Nuvi 265WT
  • Design
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    GPS devices are finally coming down in price. Does that mean you have to give up functionality? Not if the Garmin Nuvi 265WT is any indication. Keep reading for a closer look at this relatively low-priced device; you'll be surprised at how well it measures up against its more expensive cousins.

    Introduction

    If you donít have a GPS device, what are your options for finding your way around? Mapquest is only helpful if you have a passenger that can read off the directions. And, if you make a wrong turn, thereís no way the directions can help you. You are forced to figure out how to get back onto the main streets.

    Of course, there is the old-fashioned map, a tool that has been around ever since cars were invented. But if youíve ever used a map before, especially by yourself, you know that itís not always easy trying to concentrate on that and the road. 

    Thatís why many drivers are turning towards a more modern solution: GPS devices. These devices use satellite technology to give you specific directions for each turn. On top of that, no reading is required, as most GPS units use speech synthesis to relay the directions. This means that a computer-generated voice will read you the directions as you are drivingÖ even if you miss a turn. In that situation, the GPS unit will simply recalculate its route to get you back on track.

    Sound interesting? Well, there is a downside to GPS devices. Some of the higher end ones might cost you $400 or more, depending on the brand you decide to go with. Yet, if you go with a cheaper unit, you may not get all of the features that make GPS navigation worthwhile. 

    Enter a solution that gives you the best of both worlds: the Garmin Nuvi 265WT. Priced between $228 and $364, the Garmin Nuvi 265WT offers the type of higher-end features normally seen on units costing two or three times more. In fact, thatís what the 265WT was specially designed for. 

     

     

     Developed as a flagship model for the Nuvi 2x5 line, the Garmin Nuvi 265WT was meant to wow consumers with its price and functionality. Sure, itís not the cheapest system out there, but which is betterÖ paying $100 for a device thatís crap, or paying $228 for a device that operates like a unit worth $600? If you can afford the extra $128, chances are you will probably prefer the latter course of action.

    Of course, I realize that $128 could make a big difference for some budgets. So, before you consider buying the Garmin Nuvi 265WT, read this article to discover all that it has to offer. After that, compare its features to the units costing $100 or less. I guarantee you will have the answer as to whether or not the extra $128 is worth it. 

    In the Box 
    • Garmin Nuvi 265WT

       

    • FM Traffic Receiver

       

    • Power Cable (for use within a vehicle)

       

    • USB cable (for connection to a PC)

       

    • Suction Cup Mount

       

    • Instruction Manual

       

    • Dashboard Disc 

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