Well designed, robust product with few limitations.
10 February 2013
Summary: I actually bought this item for the display screen since mine was broken,and a new screen was unavailable from the manufacturer, being a discontinued item. It works so well but with USA/Canada mapping, that I've decided to use it for a forthcoming trip to Canada instead. Result!
Summary: triyed to tell me i was hooking the power up rong win i have owend more than one and extreemly ruger told me good luck on geting my money back and it did not have a sir number i thank it was stolen
Summary: I am extremely disappointed in the performance of this product. We purchased it before a 2 month vacation so we could get around unfamiliar places more easily. Once we had our hotels booked I tried locating them on the GPS-500. Almost none of our hotels were in it's list. And these weren't new hotels in remote locations. They were near Yellowstone park! I ended up having to look up the address and punch it in and was finally able to get the locations we needed.
Summary: This is the one device I absolutely cannot live without on my trips and travels. I've bought the latest and greatest GPS units over the past 2 years, ranging from the TomTom Go to the widescreen Garmin Nuvi. I've given up those units since I bought this Harman unit and now my wife wants one for her car! Like their home entertainment systems, the GPS-500 looks slick and packs a bunch of awesome features.
Summary: I originally bought a TomTom 510, but I was disappointed in how bulky it was. It wasn't small enough to fit in my pocket and was a pain to carry around. I saw the harman/kardon GPS-500 and decided to return the TomTom and give it a try. Boy am I glad I did. The GPS-500 is slimmer than my friend's nuvi, and has a high res 4" screen that blows the nuvi away. Graphics are amazing and the UI is extremely simple to use. Navigation is fast and accurate.
Summary: I was generally pleased with this GPS system--my first--when it worked. I liked the big screen and it was pretty user-friendly. Occasionally it would lose signal in a weird spot, but it wasn't a big problem. About 2 weeks after we bought the thing it died--would not turn on at all. So we took it back and they gave us another one. It worked fine for about 3 months, then when I tried to turn it on today it was dead as a doornail once again.