Garmin StreetPilot 2620

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Garmin StreetPilot 2620

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 way.

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.