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The Garmin Nuvi 260W is an entry-level widescreen GPS receiver released in early 2008.

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affordable price after being on the market for a while

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very accurate

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quick to calculate and re-calculate routes

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upgradable firmware

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easy to use

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uses a standard USB mini cable

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clear easy to read display, clear and loud speaker for spoken text-to-speech

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4.3" wide touchscreen display (480 x 272px resolution)

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good customer service compared to competitors

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

only allows one way-point per route

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USB cable is not included with the unit

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only comes with a bare-bones quick-start manual

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aging unit - does not include some features standard in mid-to-higher-end units from the last two years such as Bluetooth, traffic, waypoint routing

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often takes a long time to acquire a satellite signal

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Garmin Nuvi 260W is an entry-level widescreen GPS receiver released in early 2008. Designed as a low-cost alternative to its predecessor, late 2005’s $1000 Nuvi 350. While not as fully featured as the Nuvi 350, this GPS does include the essentials for the average driver’s traveling needs. The Nuvi 260W comes preloaded with maps for North America, including the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additional maps may be loaded to the device via SD Card or USB. This GPS also features voice prompts (“turn left in 500 ft.”), as well as spoken street names (“Turn right on Main Street in 500 ft.”) so the driver can keep his or her eyes on the road at all times. Aside from the spoken street names feature and widescreen display, this GPS is exactly the same as the Nuvi 250. With the ability to save 500 favorite locations as well as custom points of interest, most drivers looking for an entry-level widescreen GPS should find Garmin’s Nuvi 260W more than adequate.


  • 4.3” touch screen color display, 480 x 272 resolution

  • voice prompts for hands-free navigation

  • spoken street name prompts

  • preloaded with maps for North America (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)

  • USB 2.0 connection for additional map updates

  • 2D and 3D map interface

  • data cards: SD Card

  • dimensions & weight: 4.8" x 2.9" x .8", 6.1 oz

  • battery: rechargeable lithium-ion, 5 hours

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