They are certainly not on the top of their game. If you would like to check our quick summary and our pros and cons list, then please click on the “Summary and further info” section in the table of contents below. Garmin Drivesmart 65 Black Friday Deals 2021 you do not need a cellular network connection, making it ideal for road trips outside your home country. I have been a user of the device for a few months now, so I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences about it. Let us start by discussing the box contents. Box contents In the box, you will find the Garmin display, a car charging cable, a USB charging cable and a suction mounting device (nice!). Box contents. Click to enlarge While the car charging cable is of appropriate length, we found that the USB charging cable is quite short. However, it should be enough to connect to your computer to perform map and device updates.
The device uses a USB mini type B for charging and connectivity. While I don’t find it an issue, you need to keep in mind that you probably wont be able to use your phone’s charger to charge the Garmin device. You will need to make sure you have either the car charger or a USB mini type B cable around. Display and design One of the main things that attracted me to the Garmin Smart Drive 65 is its large and stylish display. At 6.95 inches, it boosts one of the larger sat nav displays on the market.
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When it comes to display size, I find larger is better when reading instructions while driving a vehicle. Although it may not be obvious from the photo below, but the screen has a nice color contrast, making it nice on the eyes. hen trying to update the device directly via wifi. Sometimes, it would take a long time “Checking for updates”, and getting no results. If you have issues performing updates via WiFi, then luckily, you can also do it by connecting your device to your computer via the USB mini type B connector. You can then perform software updates via Garmin’s software, the “Garmin Express”. Please note that this software is available only on WIndows and Mac OS. Garmin express on Windows. Click to enlarge. Finally, it is worth noting that the sat-nav can also be connected to a backup camera (sold separately) in order to display the camera’s field of vision on the device’s screen.
You will need to make sure that the camera is compatible with your device, so please do your research. We did not have a backup camera at hand, so we cannot comment further on that feature. Touch screen and address input The device boosts a multi-touch display, allowing you to zoom in and out of the map using a finger pinching movement. However, you will not be able to rotate the map using a double-finger rotation movement. I found that the device is more responsive to touch input compared to other devices on the market of the same class. However, do not expect a smart phone reaction time from the device. This may give some a bit of speed to be desired, but the device is by no means slow. There are three methods to insert a target address into the device.
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First, you can insert your target address using the search text field in the “Where To” screen. The device will then search both its memory and landmarks on TripAdvisor to find your target location. The feature is very nice when searching for popular tourist destinations, since you can use the location’s popular name, instead of a specific address. click to enlarge The second method is to search for a location using the address, by using the “Address” option from the “Where To” screen. With this method, you get to first choose the country, then the city, then the street name and the building number. I recommend this option when you are unable to find the required address using the first method. click to enlarge The third option is to use the phone.
You can do so by connecting your phone to the device using the Garmin App. The app utilizes the Google Maps API to search for the requested address, which sometimes can be faster than having to insert the address using the second method. Screenshot from the Garmin App. Click to enlarge. Graphics While driving, you will find the navigation screen quite pleasant. On the left side you can find your next “action”, which street or highway you will have to take and how far are you from it. For example, in the screenshot below, it shows that we will have to go to the left in 3.8 km in the direction of A1.when going on new travel routes for the first time. Highway lane guidance demo.
Click to check on Youtube One disadvantage I did find was the compass direction at the start of a trip. When starting your journey, it seems that the sat-nav cannot tell in which direction you are pointing to. So you will have to figure out your initial direction based on the map instructions. However, once you start moving, the device can quickly tell your orientation, and you will be good to go for the rest of the trip. However, I would also like to point out that this issue is not exclusive to the Garmin device, and I could also find it on other sat nav devices. One last piece of advice is to put the device in “Restricted mode”. This will disable that require the user’s explicit input while driving, such as yes/no questions or configuration settings questions that might pop up from the device.
This can be useful if you do not have any road-trip companions as you will need to provide input to the device, otherwise the notification will just remain on the screen and block your map view while driving. This is a negative point in our book. It would be great if the input prompts would just disappear after X seconds if the user does not provide feedback. Maps and traffic updates If you buy the “DriveSmart 65 & Traffic” version, or the “MT-X” version, then you will get free lifetime map updates. Garmin will provide map updates to the North America and Europe regions 3 times a year. This should be enough for most countries, specially for long trips as there shouldn’t be that many infrastructure changes per year. Depending on the region of your device, you could have the maps for Europe, North America, Latin America, etc.. installed on your device. If you need to use your device in an area outside your region, then you will need to purchase the maps for that area. For example, if you have the “EU” version of the device installed, and you would like to use it on a trip in Canada, then you will need to go to the official Garmin website to purchase the maps of Canada/North America to be installed on your device. The 65 model will also receive traffic updates free of charge. Depending on the model you have, you may either receive traffic updates only via the app, or also through a built in receiver. Traffic updates experiences
The device we have is also called Garmin SmartDrive 65 “MT-S EU”. The “MT-S” version receives its traffic updates via the Garmin app. There is also the “MT-D” version, which receives traffic updates via a
DAB+ connection and the Garmin App. The “EU” version comes loaded with maps of the European continent. I was not able to find two different versions for the non-EU Garmin DriveSmart 65. If you know where we could find them, please let us know in the comments below 😉 My experience with the traffic updates of the Garmin SmartDrive 65 has been mixed. On the positive side, the device provides you updates with the traffic conditions, Garmin Drivesmart 65 Black Friday Deals 2021 warning you about upcoming traffic and risks of sudden slow traffic on the highway. The updates seem to be accurate according to my experiences. The device will also offer you alternate routes depending on changes in traffic conditions