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Garmin StreetPilot 2730 3.8-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

by Garmin
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  • Product Type - GPS
  • - Built-in patch antenna, MCX-type connector for optional external GPS antenna connection
  • - Turn-by-turn directions
  • - The included GXM 30 smart antenna provides XM Satellite Radio, XM NavTraffic and XM WX Satellite Weather
  • - XM NavTraffic provides the following traffic data
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions5.6 x 3.2 x 2 inches
Item model number010-00408-04
Display Size3.8 inches
Display Resolution454 x 240
Battery Life8 hours
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB000BWRK2S
Shipping Weight6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Garmin
  • Model: 010-00408-04
  • Receiver Description: 12 channel
  • Connectivity Technology: USB
  • Display Size: 3.8 inches
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Product Description

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Amazon.com Product Description Knowledge is power, and thanks to the advanced technology packed into the Garmin StreetPilot 2730, you'll get plenty of both. The big news about this model in comparison to its predecessor, the 2720, is the addition of XM radio capabilities. With a subscription to XM radio services, you'll get real-time XM NavTraffic, XM WX Weather, and XM Radio service. What does all that mean? When coupled with Garmin's legendary GPS technology, it means you'll always know not only exactly where you are, and but also what lies ahead.


The StreetPilot 2730 is ready to go right out of the box.


Navigation begins with a simple screen. View larger


Thanks to XM-powered traffic data that is integrated into the unit's 3-D map display, you can see what hazards or traffic disruptions are in your area. View larger


Load up your favorite MP3s and play them. View larger


Or, listen to programming on XM radio. View larger


And don't forget to check the weather, which is also powered by XM. View larger
The Power of XM Radio
XM NavTraffic is the first nationwide satellite-based data traffic information service to enable an onscreen overlay of current traffic conditions. The StreetPilot 2730 uses this data to automatically calculate and suggest faster alternative routes long before traffic starts backing up. Accidents, road construction, or other incidents affecting traffic are graphically represented as icons on the navigation map. Precise information relating to a traffic incident is also available, including the precise location of the incident, the lanes affected, and the predicted duration. What's more, roadways are color-coded to indicate directional traffic flow speed.

The 2730 also keeps you up to date on weather conditions, thanks to XM weather data. Current weather conditions for over 2,000 locations, and weather forecasts for 162 cities, are displayed on the screen. United States county storm and flood warnings are also highlighted, giving you the best and latest information available for your travel plans.

The 2730 is also a powerful entertainment device, as it offers more than 150 channels of XM satellite radio channels, featuring 100-percent commercial-free music, as well as more than 30 channels of news, sports, and talk. You can send XM and navigation audio to your car stereo through the StreetPilot's integrated FM wireless transmitter or via an integrated 3.5 mm stereo headphone/line-out plug. And if that's not enough, the 2730 also comes equipped with an MP3 player that lets you take your personal music collection on the road. Loading music from your computer is drag-and-drop easy, and there's no need for special software. The StreetPilot 2730 also works as an audiobook player; you can download books from audible.com and enjoy your favorite authors on the road.

An included GXM 30 antenna receives and processes all XM traffic, weather, and audio data. For maximum portability, the magnetic, waterproof, puck-size antenna can be placed on the dashboard or the roof of the vehicle.

Top-Tier GPS Performance
Don't forget that the 2730 is a high-end GPS navigation device with text-to-speech functionality that allows the unit to audibly announce the names of upcoming streets and points of interest. This lets you keep your eyes on the road while you navigate through busy traffic and tricky roadways. The 2730 also features a widescreen, automotive-grade touchscreen display that automatically dims and brightens based on ambient light conditions. And an included wireless remote control can be used to operate the device's functions.

Finding your way with the 2730 starts with inputting a location on the touchscreen. Next, the unit's text-to-speech feature speaks to you just like a back-seat driver, telling you the names of streets, when to turn, and in what direction. And if you happen to miss a turn, don't worry--the 2730 automatically calculates a new route to your destination. In addition to point-to-point navigation, the 2730 can calculate the most efficient route between multiple destinations--a real time-saver for realtors, salespeople, and errand runners. You can also tell the unit to avoid specific areas or road segments when calculating a route. With the 2730, you have the option of selecting a three-dimensional mapping perspective, or one of several 2-D overhead viewing options. What's more, audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings help you navigate more quickly while keeping your eyes on the road.

An integrated dash-mounting system provides easy adjustment and quick release, or you can use the included "bean bag" mount if you don't want to add a mount to your dash. An included speaker attachment that is built into the 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter enables the 2730 to deliver voice prompts. An internal antenna that communicates with up to 12 GPS satellites is provided, as is a USB port for PC connectivity. There's also an MCX-type connector for hooking up an optional external GPS antenna. And if you need waterproofing, the 2730 is up to the challenge; it meets IEC 60529 IPX7 standards, which means it's submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Another time- and frustration-saving feature of the 2730 is the database of preloaded maps and points of interest. Gone are the days of uploading partial maps from your computer to your GPS device: the 2730 has them all built in. The unit comes preloaded with Garmin's highly detailed MapSource City Navigator NT North America maps of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Finding points of interest along your route is made easy with the 2730's huge built-in database of nearly six million hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and attractions. Garmin has also made it easy for users to upload custom points of interest--now you can add school zones or safety cameras to your database. You can even turn on a proximity alert to notify you of upcoming custom points of interest.

Note: Subscriptions are required for XM NavTraffic and XM Radio services.

What's in the Box
StreetPilot 2730 receiver, MapSource City Navigator NT North America maps, GXM 30 antenna, integrated FM wireless transmitter, 12-volt power cable with external speaker, alphanumeric remote control, PC/USB interface cable, AC power adapter, beanbag mount, dash mount, protective cover, owner's manual, and quick-reference setup guide.

Product Description

The StreetPilot 2730 offers real-time XM NavTraffic, XM WX Weather, and XM Radio capabilities. It comes ready to go, right out of the boxtheres no need to download maps from your PC.The XM Traffic, Weather, and Audio capabilities give the StreetPilot 2730 great utility, even when drivers know exactly where they are. XM NavTraffic is the first nationwide satellite-based data traffic information service to enable an overlay of current traffic conditions. The StreetPilot 2730 uses this data to automatically calculate and suggest faster alternative routes long before traffic starts backing up.Accidents, road construction, or other incidents affecting traffic are graphically represented as icons on the navigation map. Precise information relating to a traffic incident is also available, including the precise location of the incident, the lanes affected, and the predicted duration. Roadways are color-coded to indicate directional traffic flow speed.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is very accurate and very easy to use.
B. Nice
The unit can play over your FM radio, XM satellite stations, with a subscription.
Fun on Line
Of all of these, the Garmin 2730 is by far the best.
Jim Batterton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By T. Agoston on January 30, 2006
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This is my first GPS unit. Having used and loved the Magellan units in Hertz rental cars, I watched and waited for prices to go down below the $1k mark. These are my first impressions:

The 2730 worked right out of the box -- I just plugged the power cable into the cig lighter, removed the 2730's snap-on screen protector, slid the unit into the weighted base, placed it on the dashboard and powered it up. In spite of the car being parked in the shadow of a 10-story high-rise, the unit quickly locked onto multiple satellites and gave an accurate location textual and graphical readout.

The included manual could be better organized and have more detailed explanations, but the 2730's front panel button controls are fairly intuitive for basic tasks. Menu navigation is easy. (Note, I did download and skim the manual from Amazon before purchasing the unit. I suggest you do the same.) Haven't used the included remote control yet, and at first glance there may not be much need for it.

The screen is a bit small (for my middle-aged eyes), but once you learn its layout, a quick glance at appropriate spots on the screen gives you useful reference data: next turn instruction (text), distance to next waypoint (number), speed, ETA, etc. Within the menus the display and choices of data can be modified.

With my wife driving, I entered our travel destination in Tribeca -- lower Manhattan / NYC (40+ miles away). Using the touchscreen was easy and intuitive. The unit's routing calculation was fairly quick. However, we checked the traffic report (on the old fashioned AM radio news station!) and found that the 2730's selected route would take us down the FDR drive which had some congestion.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Fun on Line on February 9, 2006
I'm really delighted with the product. Before purchasing, I did as much research as I could regarding the various manufacturers and their product offerings:

Pros:

1. I love it!

2. It works well and if you veer off the calculated course, due to your personal knowledge of the area, it recalculates very quickly and ultimately gets you to where you want to be.

3. I'm learning the name of streets that I never knew before due to the text-to-speech feature!!

4. When traveling alone, one doesn't have to fumble with a map while trying to find streets, etc., and divert attention from driving safely.

Cons:

When I first got it, I had a terrible time trying to acquire satellites. At some point, the unit told me that it could not find any satellites and asked if had I traveled thousands of miles. I thought, no, I've been sitting here all the while and responded accordingly. Again, the same problem. Then, after a while, when it asked me again, I answered yes, and then the unit was off and running within a minute or so with satellite acquisiton. It's a minor point, but it wasn't anything addressed in the user manual.

1. The wire for the external, auxilliary antenna has a mind of its own. It doesn't always stay put in the jack. Having said that, the user manual doesn't show where the antenna jack is. I think it's the same plug for the headset, but I'll never use a headset, and, satellite acquisition seems to be quicker and plentiful when using this jack, so I'll continue to use it.

2. The auxilliary antenna can be mounted via a windshield bracket (with suction cups) OR magnet. "OR" because, you have to do one or the other.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brock B on January 18, 2006
This is quite an upgrade from my Streetpilot III. Wonderful screen , intuitive interface, nice backlit remote with a nifty thumbstick, preloaded maps (it actually says the street names), XM radio, MP3/AudioBook player.

My only complaints are:
1) the FM transmitter is pretty weak (I use the audio-out with cassette adapter)
2) Memory is built-in and not expandable. It does have ~750mb of usable space, but it would still be nice if I could use my own memory sticks (CompactFlash, SD, etc...)

So of my measly 2 complaints, only 1 has no workaround. There are tons of little touches/improvements that I don't have the time or energy to go into right now.

It's a 5-star product, no doubt about it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alphonse Venskus Jr. on March 21, 2006
I have used the unit now for about 20 days straight. I an very impressed with the voice guidance. The directions are concise and timely, and it has guided me through some convoluted routes that were the best (fastest)(this feedback came from a client who gave different directions to his office because "everybody gets lost coming the fastest way."

The XM radio and traffic are nothing short of incredible. When the unit choses a route, it automatically takes into account traffic flow speeds, and calculates the fastest route.

A couple of peeves. The unit automatically assigns County Routes a faster speed, even if the limit is lower than other roads. And traffic lights are ignored in the speed calculation. If any roads other than highways are in the route, you can add an easy :10 to the trip. If you know the area, you can just stay on the highway, and the software will quickly recalculate. Also, I do a lot of driving early in the morning (4:30) and I find displays for slow roads and congestion when there may only be 5 cars on the road. I don't know if this is a Garmin, XM, or Traffic Monitoing problem, but faster updates would be helpful.

Overall I am very impressed with this unit. I have used several other GPS units from almost every manufacturer, and this one is hands down the best!
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