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post #1 of 14 Old 06-26-2014, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Garmin Zumo 590 LM?

My old Garmin is in need of replacement. Do any of you have this model? I would appreciate any insight(s) you might offer.
One thing for sure is that I want a GPS that I can read in sunlight. My old Garmin was VERY difficult to read in the sun making it, in most cases, worthless.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-26-2014, 05:57 PM
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I have the Zumo 350LM and it is very good in direct sunlight...not perfect, bt waaaaay better than the old Nuvi I used to have.

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I have the new 590 and am quite pleased with it. Has a nice 5" screen and is viewable in direct sunlight. Has a curvy roads feature and links weather, Pandora and traffic onto screen. Comes with powered bike mount and car mount. Though the bike mount cables are a bit excessive.


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I have a Zumo 660. The thing I dislike most about Garmin, is they will not update old units with newer OS looks and features that are software only. I get that I can't get XM and weather like on the 665, but if your going to update, then give it a fresher look, and I would like the curvy road function too. That would keep a lot of customers with garmin, instead of saying screw it I'm using my phone. My rant and 2 cents.

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I got to talk to a Garmin rep for some time up at Americade a couple of weeks ago. Regarding the screen in sunlight, he stepped away from the tent with one to demonstrate how the screen will actually brighten in direct light. Amazingly clear.

So far most user reviews I've seen have all been very positive. I'm very tempted to see what I can get for my Montana.
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I have a 390LM with TPMS and I like it. I was considering the 590 LM for the slightly larger screen, but the other features where of no interest to me.

I find the screen on the 390 to be readable in all but the brightest lighting conditions and then it is only a problem if I am wearing my sunglasses. I have not found the curvy road feature to be of any great utility, but then I live in an area that is terrible lacking in curvy roads.

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post #7 of 14 Old 08-05-2014, 12:50 AM
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G 590 Review

I posted this in another thread but here it is again. I am very happy with it. It am still working mating it with Basecamp. The Montana has a number of limitations, comparitively, but it does not have a transreflective display, indeed, as I checked, there is no auto/moto GPS with a transreflective display: the G 590 is the only one. I hope Garmin puts the display on all the auto/moto line. It was developed a long time ago for LCD watches that couldn't otherwise be seen in daylight.


1. It is sunlight readable all the time. Facing a mid afternoon sun, I could see in the display my flapping yellow safety vest but still see the display.
2 It has about 3 sq in more display area than the 4.3 in Nuvi and nearly all of it is map because you can't display lots of other things: gone are elevation and time to destination at the same time but you can display a lot of those things on the fly one at a time.
3. It took my mini sd card with 24K TOPO and uses it fine. The user interface is different enough that I will take some time getting used to it.
4. I won't use the connectivity features.
5. The included Moto mount is a very robust RAM mount with a thick cable running out the side that has pwr and grn wires, audio out, headset in, and a USB (in or out I don't know). When connected there is no sound. If you use the included car pwr cable, 12 v to mini plug on the back of the G 590, you will have sound.
6. As you all know, or should know, there are very few sunny days here in the Seattle Area so I feel a little foolish for shelling out for this thing when the Nuvi 2455 worked just fine except in bright sunlight, which as you know only too well, is so rare in Seattle. A Texican would surely find the G 590 worth every penny.
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I have the Zumo 590 and it's a very nice unit. After researching a few devices I found that being able to control MP3's via the GPS a very handy feature instead of trying to use my iPhone via my Sena headset.

My thoughts are:

* Daylight readability is very good, I have the brightness set to 70% and I have yet to have any issues seeing the screen.
* Touchscreen with gloves is good, I have no problems selecting the various functions when riding, though this usually only means skipping a track via the media player function.
* Maps are good and you can adjust levels of detail to include as much or as little as you want.
* Transferring "tracks" to Basecamp is easy and making up routes are pretty simple.
* The RAM mount is super sturdy.

As Tnkrplt mentioned, the bike cabling is a bit over the top and finding locations via the keypad can be a bit tedious with the minimal keyboard system they have but it's nothing deal breaking.

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finding locations via the keypad can be a bit tedious with the minimal keyboard system they have but it's nothing deal breaking.
Can you select different keyboards ?

My Zumo has two different size key boards, one for use with gloves and without.

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-13-2014, 02:57 AM
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Can you select different keyboards ?

My Zumo has two different size key boards, one for use with gloves and without.
Yeah you can, I didn't even think to look for that in the settings, thanks Rolex!
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