|Item Weight||8.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||0.6 x 5.6 x 3.2 inches|
|Item model number||E4GRDRIVELUX50|
|Display Size||5.1 inches|
|Battery Life||1 hours|
Garmin 010-01531-00 DriveLuxe 50LMTHD GPS Navigator with GPS Bundle
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Helpful Driver Alerts for Your Daily CommuteGarmin DriveLuxe GPS navigator provides driver alerts to encourage safer driving and increase situational awareness. Warnings include alerts for sharp curves, speed changes, railroad crossings, animal crossings and more. Additionally, Garmin DriveLuxe notifies you when driving the wrong way on a one-way street and sends warnings for nearby school zones. Receive alerts for nearby red light and speed cameras5, and be prepared for sudden halts in traffic with upcoming traffic jam alerts. For longer drives, a fatigue warning suggests break times and potential rest areas after hours of driving. The Up Ahead feature lets you easily see places up ahead and milestones along your route, without leaving the map view. Talk to Garmin DriveLuxeGarmin DriveLuxe offers you the option of convenient voice-activated navigation. Control Garmin DriveLuxe with your voice, while your hands remain safely on the wheel. Extensive Smart FeaturesSync a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as your smartphone, to Garmin DriveLuxe for hands-free calling, and receive smart notifications on your Garmin DriveLuxe display. Receive calls, text messages and calendar reminders without ever removing your hands from the steering wheel to reach for your phone. Stay focused on your drive ahead while staying connected with customizable smart notifications that conveniently appear right on your navigation display. For real-time information such as weather and traffic conditions, ...
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First lets talk about using it versus a cell phone as that's what many people use now. I personally like the dedicated GPS better than my cell phone in most cases. I can keep my GPS in my car where it's always ready, and it's easy to download waypoints, routes, etc. into unlike the phone. It also has a larger screen that's easier to see in sunlight. The one area the phone navigation really shines is that I can integrate it with my stereo using bluetooth so that driving commands are routed through the stereo. So I can have music playing and the music will stop, and the driving commands can be clearly heard even with the windows open. All of these dedicated type GPS units suffer from not being loud enough on their own and neither this unit or my 3590 will pair with my stereo to work through the car speakers. Older Garmin units like the 765 had this capability, but Garmin has recently removed it.
Now my specific thoughts on the DriveLuxe vs the 3590 year 2013 unit.
I do like the magnetic mount on the DriveLuxe, it allows you to mount the unit lower to the dash increasing visibility. Over time my 3590 mount has become finicky about the unit being locked into place securely. The DriveLuxe is slightly brighter at it's highest setting, but both are pretty easy to see in full sunlight. The 3590 mount has an external powered speaker and it's significantly louder than the DriveLuxe at their highest volumes. This was a big complaint of mine, with the windows down at moderate speeds there's no way I could clearly hear the DriveLuxe commands at full volume. The DriveLuxe speaks a little "smoother" but it doesn't matter when you can't hear it. If you always drive with the windows closed, both will be loud enough. The DriveLuxe is made of a metal body and is much heavier than the 3590, but it feels very durable.
They both have powered external mounts which I consider a must have, having to connect a power cord directly to the unit then mount the unit is way too much hassle if you use and remove it frequently. I won't leave mine in the window if I park somewhere so I'm frequently removing and reinstalling it.
There are some features I really like in the 3590 that have been removed in the DriveLuxe. For example the ability to change the "dashboard" which is the info shown at the bottom of the map during navigation. With the 3590 you can choose from several styles. I personally like the version that lets me pick 4-5 stats of my routing. This allows me to see the distance to my destination, time of day I will arrive, the time in minutes until I arrive, and my speed. In addition I can put 3 buttons on the map for quick use functions like mute, reroute, brightness, etc. I find these things very handy. However, the DriveLuxe does not allow for the dashboard to change, it only allows you two info fields you can change, and no on screen buttons. You can change a lot of functions from the menu, but you have to step through the menu and it's more hassle while navigating.
Other things I noticed as a passenger with both units to compare their function is that they both give about the same lead time and speed in navigation but they do use different words. The older 3590 is more likely to use street names where the new DriveLuxe is more likely to use "at the stop sign", "at the traffic light". Either is fine really in some cases one or the other is better but no clear winner, just different. One thing I didn't like is the DriveLuxe in neighborhoods with lots of streets is more likely to say something like "Take the third left" instead of telling you the street name. I didn't like having to count turns I'd rather just have the street name. The 3590 also allows for 3D terrain and 3D buildings on it's maps which in some areas is very handy for general navigation and landmark use. Not a big deal but a nice to have in some places. Also while they both indicate the upcoming turn and distance, the 3590 was much better at giving lane info as far as which lane you need to be in on this indicator than the DriveLuxe was. Also while they both have "highway" view that shows you lanes, off ramps etc. as you approach them, the 3590 also showed the highways #'s and Road signs, where at least around here the DriveLuxe only showed lanes.
The DriveLuxe does have some nice features though, you can get to more info through menu's directly from the navigation screen than you can from the 3590. It's also easier to adjust the volume from the navigation menu, where the 3590 is only easy to mute/unmute from the navigation screen. I also like several of the split screen options, such as having a running list of the upcoming turns. One thing I don't like about my 3590 is it often tells you to say take a off ramp, but doesn't tell you which way you need to turn and with multiple lanes it's easy to be in the wrong one for the upcoming turn. Same is true with two turns very close to each other.
Some of the cell phone integration features are interesting, but I don't think I'd use them much, it can speak emails, text messages, etc. you can see the weather, but most of that is fluff for me.
I did like the option to alert you to upcoming speed limit changes and school zones, however the most annoying feature was the fact that it alerts you to "curves ahead" where I live most of the roads are curvy and that alert was constantly going off, you can change it so it does not beep but you cannot stop the alert banner, which obscures the name of the next street you are navigating to.
I also really liked the fact that it will let you choose between multiple routes for a destination, and give you an overview of where the route goes. This is handy if you know you want to go a certain way, or avoid a certain area. It's also capable of recognizing spelling errors in the search where my old 3590 won't. For example if you search for MacDonalds the DriveLuxe will give you options for McDondalds, the 3590 will return nothing. That's a nice feature because for a long time Garmin's have been very picky you enter exactly what it wants to return a search.
I was tempted to get the backup camera for the unit, but the more I thought about it, the more I don't think it would be practical. I really only use my GPS when I need to, I don't use it in daily driving, so for me I think it would be annoying to have to install the GPS every time I go into reverse to see the backup camera.
Also, and this has been a complaint with NUVI units for years. The only give you just barely enough memory to hold the current maps. It won't take long before the new free map updates won't fit onto the unit, and you either have to use a subset, or install a memory card (which slows performance during navigation). My 3590 and previous units all had this issue. It now cannot hold the entire NA mapset, so I have just eliminated Canada. However, memory is SO cheap these days it's hard to believe Garmin does this for any other reason than to encourage more frequent unit replacement.
Overall it was a good unit, if the speaker was louder, and it offered more user customizable navigation map views I'd have probably kept it. However for $350 I expected more improvement from my 3 year old unit.