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Garmin zūmo 550

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Overall 10

Great Purpose-Built GPS

W. Mitchell, Amazon
30 November 2011
  • Summary: First off, being a bit of a techie it was really difficult convincing myself to buy a five year old GPS with the latest firmware update being some three years old when I could have bought the newest generation for $50 more. Especially when looking at paying $600 for the cheapest option. Like I said, I'm a techie and I like new gadgets but the bottom line here was that I was buying a GPS specifically for my bike and I wanted the best option I could find/afford.
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Overall 10

A different Review ZUMO 550

D. Hancock, Amazon
24 September 2011
  • Summary: You can read on to the other reviews for all the user scoop on this unit. THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE here is when you are GPS shopping and this unit is $600 and all others are $200 you need to understand why. I had a hard time with this until I opened the box. The Zumo 550 comes with every mount, screw, suction cups, cords, cables, power wires & adapters you will need to install this unit on ANY motorcycle AND in your vehicle.
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Overall 2

Junk, Garmin Support is terrible...

Memnoch "nanoboy", Amazon
22 December 2010
  • Summary: In the last 9 months, I have had 3 Zumo 550s. Each time, it took weeks for Garmin to process my RMA and send me a new unit. Each time, the unit failed within 6 months or so. This time, they have my RMA listed as "unit backordered" so I am without a motorcycle gps and may not get the replacement anytime soon. Garmin map support is awful. It always says the device doesn't have enough room for a new map. Even though I have paid for lifetime maps.
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Overall 4

infuriating to use; impossible to have been designed by a motorcyclist

JayElDee, Amazon
12 November 2010
  • Summary: Let me preface this by saying that I have used this unit--my third, one died and was replaced and the second fell and I had to have it repaired--they sent a refurbished unit-- I have had this unit for three years and ridden with it for 45k miles. Suffice it to say I have driven it around the block. I am very tempted to give it one star. What it does do is tell you where you are.
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Overall 10

"This is an excellent GPS Unit. I am glad I bought it."

rcmedic, CNET
22 September 2010
  • Pros: Works very well, just like advertised. I have had this unit for a little over a year and use it regularly as I am a 365 day a year rider. Regular lifetime updates have kept me up to date and the unit always works well.
  • Cons: I have not found any yet.
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Overall 9

"You are using a navigator. Read the instructions."

vinnyvjr, CNET
22 August 2010
  • Pros: All pros. I use it on my motocycle. Bought it while station in Hawaii and I never got lost. No matter were I am transferd I use it and save gas. I would never go anywhere with out it.
  • Cons: Only one: It should come with the XM cable and the key lock so I can leave it on my motorcycle and don't have to take it off when my park my Motorcycle.
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Overall 5

"One Con can make this expensive GPS completely useless."

undoctor, CNET
9 August 2010
  • Pros: It shows where you are and maps a route to where you want to go. Fine, all GPS units do this, even those for under a hundred dollars.
  • Cons: If you fat finger the screen when entering your Security Code, which is easy to do wearing gloves, you get a screen that tells you you must go to your Security Location in order to unlock the GPS, rendering it USELESS if you're far from home!!. DUMB!
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Overall 8

Tough, reliable, user-friendly design; really outdated maps; but proved invaluable on a 9000 mile, solo ride.

Chad Varnadore, Amazon
8 March 2010
  • Summary: I love this product. I honestly, don't know what I would have done without it on a 9000 mile loop of the US that I made on my 2003 Harley in August of 2008. In addition to guiding my way through unknown wilderness without ever losing a signal even among the tall forests of Northern California and keeping me company one night when even truckers had the good sense to pull over rather than dare the desolate mountains (that were on fire!
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Overall 4

"Lost all maps on unit. Used once!"

13warner, CNET
5 January 2010
  • Pros: Touch screen, bright images, Hope to have better luck with next Garmin Zumo 550
  • Cons: Lost all maps on unit, so I wasn't able to use it, but one time. Was great for the short time I used it. Returned to Costco, and ordered another one. Hope to have better results from the new Garmin Zumo 250
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Overall 6

"Volume! Need more VOLUME!!!!"

BankerChuck, CNET
16 December 2009
  • Pros: User friendly.with lots of functions needed for road trips. Easy to read screen, Text to Speech, compact
  • Cons: Volume to low at maximum setting. Quality of MP3. No headphone jack or speaker in stand-alone unit.
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