Garmin Zumo 550 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 3.5-Inch Screen
- High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver
- 10,000 Point Tracking
- Bluetooth-Enabled For Hands Free Calling & For Sending Audio To Compatible Helmets
- High Bright Display For Sunlight Readability & Uv Resistant
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|Battery Average Life||4 hours||3 hours||2.5 hours||2 hours|
|Screen Size||3.5 in||5 in||5 in||4.3 in|
|Display Type||—||TFT LCD||WQVGA||TFT LCD|
|Item Dimensions||2.17 x 3.31 x 4.57 in||5.3 x 1.3 x 3.7 in||0.76 x 3.3 x 5.4 in||4.9 x 0.7 x 3.1 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||7.7 ounces||6.6 ounces||5.2 ounces|
|Map Types||North America||North America||street, City Tour, north-america||US|
|Native Resolution||320x240||—||480 x 272 pixels||—|
|Additional Features||Rugged case, XM weather support, 2D / 3D map perspective, XM Satellite Radio support, Hands-free calling via Bluetooth, Preinstalled POIs, Custom POIs||includes_lifetime_map_updates||Touch Sensitive Screen||includes_lifetime_map_updates|
Born to ride, the Garmin zumo 550 brings all the power of a GPS navigator, wireless communicator, multimedia entertainer, and tour guide all into one device. And it's made just for motorcycles. Designed by bikers, zumo's motorcycle-friendly features make it easy to operate while in the saddle. From back roads to rallies, its preloaded maps and high-end navigation features give you the freedom to go where you want.
Amazon.com Product Description Born to ride, the Garmin zumo 550 brings all the power of a GPS navigator, wireless communicator, multimedia entertainer, and tour guide all into one device. And it's made just for motorcycles. Designed by bikers, zumo's motorcycle-friendly features make it easy to operate while in the saddle. From back roads to rallies, its preloaded maps and high-end navigation features give you the freedom to go where you want.
The zumo comes with a motorcycle mount with universal mounting hardware so you can mount it anywhere.
An internal battery lets you roam on foot with the device.
The unique motorcycle console offers valuable trip information, including a fuel gauge to warn you when its time to fill up. View larger.
The zumo 550 features a glove-friendly touch screen with an intuitive interface, as well as left-handed controls that make it easy to operate. View larger.
The zumo is made for extreme durability; it's vibration-tested, waterproof, and built with fuel-resistant plastics to withstand the elements. It's also intuitive, with a glove-friendly touch screen with left-handed controls that make it easy to operate. There's a bright, sunlight-readable, UV-resistant display that makes it easy to view, as well as a unique motorcycle console for trip information, including a fuel gauge to warn you when its time to fill up. The display measures 3.5 inches diagonally and features 320 x 240 pixel resolution.
Measuring 4.8 x 3.9 x 1.6-inches (WxHxD) and weighing just 10.6 ounces, the zumo is small enough to carry with you while you're off the bike. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver is powered by the SiRF Star chipset, which offers extreme accuracy, even when you're riding under dense foliage or between tall buildings. The unit also features Garmin Lock -- an advanced anti-theft feature that disables the unit from performing any functions until you type in a specific four-digit PIN or take the unit to a predetermined location.
The zumo comes with a motorcycle mount with universal mounting hardware so you can mount it anywhere. An automobile mount is also included, and it features an integrated speaker. Garmin also provides custom caps, which are available in a variety of colors, so you can reflect your style.
Navigate the Open Road
The zumo 550 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps and a hefty points of interest (POIs) database, including motels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply enter a destination, and the zumo takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names. In addition, zumo accepts customized points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras, and it also includes proximity alerts to warn of upcoming POIs. Plus, the unit is fully compatible with Garmin's Tour Guide feature, a free utility that allows you to build and upload a database of POIs that are encoded with photos and MP3 files. A rechargeable, removable lithium-ion battery that offers up to three hours of use is integrated into the zumo for trip planning or use on foot. In addition, the zumo even accepts electronic maps, making it the ultimate off-road navigator.
Hands-Free Calls and Wireless Voice Prompts
With the zumo's Bluetooth wireless technology, you can talk on the phone safely without removing your gloves or helmet. Connect the device to your Bluetooth-enabled headset/helmet and cell phone to make and receive hands-free calls. You can even make phone calls to POIs through the zumo's Bluetooth interface. In addition, The zumo transmits navigation voice prompts to your headset so you can listen wirelessly.
Traffic, Weather, and Radio
With optional XM subscriptions and an XM antenna, you can check the weather, move ahead of traffic and listen to the radio when you travel with the zumo. As an alternative, the zumo can receive optional TMC traffic alerts (in select cities) when used with a compatible traffic receiver. Simply press a button on the screen, and the zumo recalculates your route to avoid traffic tie-ups.
Route Planning, Sharing, and Entertainment
The zumo makes it easy to plan your next trip and share routes with your riding buddies. Plan trips on your computer before you start. Search for food and fuel stops and local attractions. Then, transfer your route to your zumo and go.
At the end of the day, share your favorite places and rides with other zumo riders, and review your travels in Google Earth. SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing, and you can download routes to share with your riding buddies. You can also load MP3s onto the unit so you can enjoy music while you're riding. Plus, a JPEG picture viewer lets you share photos of your adventures with friends and family.
What's in the Box
zumo 550, preloaded City Navigator NT North America, MapSource City Navigator NT DVD (full-unlock), motorcycle mount with RAM mounting hardware, automotive suction cup mount with integrated speaker, dashboard disk, carrying case, AC charger, vehicle power cable, motorcycle power cable, USB interface cable, security screwdriver, custom caps (silver and black), Garmin stickers, owner's manual on disk, and quick reference guide.
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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. After you install the necessary things on each vehicle, they stay put. You simply remove the Garmin and snap it onto the other vehicle.... that's IT! no moving cords or wires. This unit comes with high quality RAM mounts for motorcycles. This is serious, high quality mounting hardware. The mounting options that come with this unit are crazy. I cant imagine anyone needing any extra parts to mount this unit to anything.
I have had this unit for several years and use it equally on my bike and in my truck and it performs flawlessly. I could not be happier. I use all functions available. MP3 player and Bluetooth to my Iphone work perfectly with no complaints.
For motorcycle use, I believe this is the best GPS in the business and that includes the newer Garmin models. The 550 beats the newer Zumos hands down. In my opinion GPS does not need widescreen. I don't need to see more of whats beside me. I need to see more of whats in front of me. Therefore I prefer the older square screen on the 550 model.
That said, Garmin's not going to win any kudos for using maps that are at least 50 years out of date. I expected the maps that came with the unit to be a little more current for a new device, not to mention rather new technology. Maybe that's how they get their residuals on a product that is astonishingly free to use the GPS service. As, while firmware updates are free to download, map updates are rather pricy. Considering the accuracy of the included maps, I'm very reluctant to gamble that their latest (yearly?) update will be much better, even though they clearly have much room for improvement. I've found a number of major roads I frequently travel in NC and TN that were shifted or even layed over 20 years ago that aren't accurately recorded, some aren't even included. While it's kind of funny when the GPS shows you riding through pasteurs or even a lake alongside the road you're on, it's less cute when it detours you off a major highway, just to essentially cut the corner with a pair of exit ramps and re-emerge on the same road you just left.
But that's the least of the adventure that might lay ahead. In Wyoming it had me turn off a major highway that was hardly new itself, to climb a narrow, winding hillside, which was mapped perfectly, turn for turn, until I came to a dead end that the Garmin showed to keep on going. Looking over the gate at the end of this road that was only still open because of a seemingly little-used campsite at the top of the mountain, I couldn't even see any sign that a road had ever been there, just a steep dropoff and thick vegetation. If the road ever continued, it must have been closed off more than 50 years ago. Dodging deep potholes and large piles of both hard and fresh dung that had yet to be flattened, left by some animal I half-hoped not to encounter for fear that it would be a long time before the next passer-by (unless they have a Garmin GPS too), I made my way back to the road I was previously traveling where the Garmin quickly corrected itself.
That's one of the great things about a GPS, it quickly recalculates your route, if you miss a turn, hit a detour, or even if it's what messes you up and it warns about sharp curves in the road ahead. But, Wyoming was far from the only time I wondered if God was trying to tell me something (I'm not always the best listener) or maybe just trying to hold me up, as shortly after one such event in northern California, where the Garmin couldn't seem to get its bearing and then just as suddenly corrected itself, I rode up on a bike accident in the middle of nowhere that took several hours before emergency services were able to land a chopper to fly one of the riders to the nearest emergency center in Nevada. I wasn't much help; but I stuck around, just in case I was being called to lend a hand.
Of course, like anything I guess, it's a products problems that are most remembered, even something rather insignificant like a five mile detour just to have you turn around at the next major intersection and head back the way you came, when any business or smaller road along the way would have done just fine, all because you were facing the wrong way when you programmed in a new address. And, of course, there are things that aren't it's fault, like two different houses within 5 miles of each other outside Atlanta, that both have the exact same address - go figure. We sometimes tend to be overly quick to forget how dependable and helpful a thing has been before it has failed us. And many times did this GPS pull me out of a jam, find alternate routes when road construction had me baking in the hot sun, and helped me find a place to eat or lay my head when delays on the road held me up. More importantly it eased my worry that gas was within reach when my needle was hovering on empty. It also kept me from paying over $1 more per gallon at a station in the Southern California desert that seemed to prey on unsuspecting travelers who haven't seen a station in awhile and are unaware of their options just a couple miles ahead.
Being made to take the pounding and weather of riding, this GPS cost more than a standard model made solely for a car. Since I bought mine, you can now even get the same thing from Harley for nearly twice the price if you want it in black with an HD logo. But, if it's anything like their helmets, the premium is for the HD name more than any improvements, that and the lack of retailer discounting by Harley. By comparison the price of the original seems a bargain. This Zumo 550 has been through some blistering hot rides and some fairly cold weather too. It's been through rainstorms, windstorms, and over 10,000 miles on a Harley Fatboy that, while big and heavy, isn't really the smoothest riding bike for long treks. I even dropped the bike once when a strong gust caught me tired and unprepared in Yellowstone. And the GPS has fallen from the windshield to the floor of my truck several times when the car windshield adapter failed to stick due to dramatic changing temperatures and/or changing humidity outside during the course of the day (not to worry, the bike mount uses a handlebar clamp that won't budge, unless you adjust it, and licking the suction cup on the car windshield mount seems to do the trick too).
The elevation never had any effect on this GPS either. If memory serves, about 9000 feet above see level was the highest I climbed. Checking the elevation is a neat feature to have, in the Rockies especially. This thing has far too many features to mention, but ones that proved especially useful or interesting on my trip include: compass, current time, arrival time (constantly recalculated), fastest speed, average speed, current speed (accuracy varies depending on signal strength), non-blinding nighttime mode (automatically comes on at pre-set time, but can be disabled or adjusted manually), gas, restaurant, attraction, and lodging finder (includes phone numbers to check vacancy and rates beforehand). For a GPS designed for bikes, it surprisingly didn't include HD dealerships or service centers, though it did include such for most major car dealerships and service stations. So, Harley's tour guide with maps and dealer locations was still necessary when looking for service centers and helpful in plotting out where to go next, as I didn't really plan much over a day ahead during the month I was traveling. Also, maybe they did this to encourage pulling over instead of doing a search while riding (it's really easy to operate even while moving), but when looking for a hotel, the Garmin recalculates so often (searches for new options as your moving) that, after a mile or so, before you've had the chance to look through all of the previous search results, it searches again, which doesn't bring up any new options as the original results list options up to 100 miles away or more, but it does mean starting over at the beginning of the list, unless you pull off the road when you do your search).
I don't know how Garmin compares to other GPS units. At the time, TomTom was the only viable alternative I found for bikes; and it was getting a lot of negative reviews. This Garmin met my needs and aside from some quirky maps, far exceeded my expectations of how useful a GPS might be. I'm now sold on the technology and would recommend this particular unit to any rider venturing into unfamiliar territory.
The only minor annoyance with it is that it can take over a minute to get a position on initial power up if it hasn't seen the sky for more than a few hours (like after taking it indoors).
The screen is the perfect size for everything to be clearly visible. The GUI button layout is perfect for gloves so you won't hit multiple buttons simultaneously.
Eventually, it did have problems, but only between trips, never when I was depending on it. Garmin service was amazing in all cases. First the battery died (as will happen eventually with any rechargeable battery), they replaced that for free, out of warranty. The unit stopped powering up (again out of warranty), they sent a new unit for only $150. Just this year, the weather guard on the bike cradle broke off, they sent a new one free (even though it is discontinued).
The bluetooth connection on it works perfectly. I had a bluetooth helmet headset paired with the unit and it worked great.
Overall, I would have recommended this unit highly for anybody who had the budget for it and needed it for a motorcycle or other weather exposed activity. If you're only going to use it in a car, there are obviously much more cost effective units out there, that's not the target market for this.
Note: Even though the unit is not submersible (due to ports on the bottom), the way it is designed, when mounted in the cradle, it can survive the heaviest downpour and splashing water without any issues.