Summary: I'm not sure how this navigates around the rest of the united states, but in Boston and its surrounding 'burbs, it is laughably unhelpful. My job occasionally requires me to travel throughout this area by car, so this is verily a problem. I often have better luck by printing out google maps.
Summary: First off, the sound is horrible on this model. At volumes of 60% or above, there is so much distortion that the voices sound like they are coming from a blown speaker. Its tolerable but HIGHLY annoying. If you research this product you'll find many others that have a big complaint with the sound.
Summary: I've watched from the sidelines as the GPS products have proliferated, but with the current price competition I have finally entered the fray. I'm bemused and disappointed. The 255w has a nice appearance and useful features, and according to reviews it is one of the best GPS units on the market.
Summary: I ordered this GPS because my previous GPS, by Magellan, suddenly was unable to find a satellite after less than 2 years. This unit does 2 things well that the MAgellan didn't do at all or did poorly: as long as I keep it plugged in, it finds a satellite immediately, instead of taking 5 or 6 minutes...
Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3" GPS Navigation with Text to Speech
31 March 2012
Excerpt: LCD screen is a excellent sizeThe GPS quickly fits in a bag when on the road.You'll almost certainly get to your destination. 1. The suggested routes are terrible. The GPS doesn't recognize that getting off the highway and generating numerous turns will take additional time.two.
Summary: The unit as supplied does not have enough memory to hold Europe-wide maps, so I bought a suitable SD card. This worked OK, though downloading refreshed maps took hours till Garmin replaced their PC software last year.
Summary: This overhauled product appears to be as good as buying the new version,which you are lead to believe by some of the customer feedback, BUT it is supplied with maps more than two years out of date - THE GARMIN FREE UPDATE IS NOT AVAILABLE.
Summary: When this SatNav works well it is great - BUT - so often it doesn't!! I have sent this back to Garmin under guarantee and got a replacement - - eventually - - and felt as if I had gone through a CRB check in the process. It has been recalled for a battery change.