Garmin nuvi 260W review:

The Garmin nuvi 260W provides widescreen GPS navigation with a touch screen interface, for easy adjustment and menu changes while in motion. The 260w is now discontinued by Garmin, but if you are looking for a second hand GPS, there are a number of features to catch your attention in this GPS unit.

Fitting comfortably into a pocket or purse, the nuvi 260w has a display resolution of 480×272 pixels. Battery life is relatively standard with 5 hours duration and there is a high sensitivity receiver built into the unit to ensure efficient GPS communications wherever you are travelling. No inbuilt storage is available, meaning you will need to buy an SD card for the media card slot in order to store any additional points of interest or custom route information that you wish to include. Unlike the Navman series, the Garmin nuvi 260w does not come automatically loaded with traffic camera data for some countries and so manual download may be required.


Navigating through the Garmin interface is relatively simple, with the touch screen options feeling quite responsive once the unit has loaded up. A lack of QWERTY keyboard means that typing in street names that you are searching for is somewhat cumbersome. Additionally, the need to download points of interest via the Garmin website, instead of having them provided out of the box, makes the unit a less attractive purchase than some competing units. There are auto-reroute and route avoidance options for planning different journeys on the go and you can also download additional voices for the unit should the standard voices provided on the nuvi 260w be a little to hard to listen too.


Performance of the Garmin nuvi 260w is really let down by how slow the unit is when it is first turned on, sometimes taking up to 30 seconds to respond. Whilst this isn’t a problem before you start your journey, getting info on the fly from your GPS could be an issue. There is also the added task of having to download new points of interest from the Garmin site which can be difficult to find at first, adding to the delay in having the GPS fully operational. The interface is responsive however, and the use of the high sensitivity receiver provides accurate GPS data in most locations.


As the nuvi 260w has now been replaced by updated models, there is probably better performance to be found elsewhere via newer GPS models that incorporate updated hardware. Garmin and TomTom still fiercely compete for your GPS dollar, so actively researching which GPS fits your requirements is useful to ensure you purchase the right GPS unit. If you can secure a 260w cheaply, it may satisfy your daily GPS needs, just don’t expect it to be lightning fast.

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