It won't drive your car for you, but the Garmin StreetPilot 2620 can help you navigate through
any situation in the city or on the highway. From finding the nearest gas station when you're out of town to
getting the fastest route around a traffic jam, this GPS receiver can show you the
If you live in North America or Europe, there's a Garmin StreetPilot 2620 for
you. The North American version has a basemap (covering North and South America)
which has the same types of features as a road atlas. City, state, and country borders,
rivers and lakes, metro area roads and highways, are all shown. Points of interest
include food, lodging, and service stations for cars, trucks, or RVs. For getting
around a town, there's Garmin's City Navigator software which is stored on the receiver's
built-in hard drive. This map data has city streets, the location and addresses for
businesses and other points of interests, for the U.S. and Canadian metro areas.
There's also room on the hard drive to store other maps of your choice.
With a size of only 5.6" W x 3.2" H x 2.0" D, the StreetPilot 2620 fits
comfortably on your dash or any convenient place. It comes with two types of mount,
one for a permanent placement and the other for temporary or portable use. The
internal antenna is usually sufficient, but if necessary, there's an optional
external antenna for improved GPS satellite signal reception. The receiver runs
off your vehicle's battery using the supplied cigarette lighter adapter. With all
the map data already installed, once you plug it in, you're ready to go.
Like any good map, the 3.3" W x 1.7" H, display is in color. You can adjust the
contrast and the display's backlighting adjusts automatically to changing light
conditions. The high-resolution LCD of the Garmin StreetPilot 2620 also doubles for
data entry since it's a touchscreen. When using the touchscreen there's an optional
click that sounds to acknowledge each entry. The receiver comes with a remote control,
which you can use to select functions and enter data instead using the touchscreen. Or the
keys on the front of the receiver's can be used
Providing the guidance for the StreetPilot 2620, is a 12-channel GPS receiver.
Every second it updates your position with an accuracy of at least 15 meters. Since
it's ready to receive Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signals, this can reduce
position errors to less than three meters.
Even the simplest GPS receivers are good at plotting a route from one point to
another. But what if you have several destinations and want the most efficient
way to get to them all? The Garmin StreetPilot 2620 lets you enter a series
of destinations and it sorts them into the best route to take to hit each
one. If there's a problem area due to traffic or roadwork, include that when
setting up your route and the area will be avoided. And you can choose whether
to take major roads or minor roads or something in between.
Having a database of over five million points of interest is a big help for
the times when you run low on cash or gas. The StreetPilot 2620 has information
on ATMs and gas stations and if you're in an unfamiliar part of town, it can
find the one closest to your route. When showing you the way, guidance is
provided visually and with optional voice alerts for each turn or other information.
Along with the text, the voice is selectable from 14 languages.
Once you've taken a route you can save it for instant use later. The Garmin
StreetPilot 2620 can store up to 50 routes and up to 500 points per route. And
with the USB interface cable provided, you can transfer map and route data back
and forth with your PC.