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Well my trusty Zumo 550 finally started to die a slow death. Three different bikes, countless monsoons, freezing temps, continuous use when riding, 2 crashes......and my friend becomes wonky. I had already repaired the power button, the case was skinned up from flying off in a wreck and the internal battery was shot.

If you use a cell phone you can just shake your head and find another thread. I have a phone too, I know what they do.

I sort of got lucky. I was surfing about a month ago and was looking at the 395. I was about to buy one when I see that the 396 had replaced it. Then I see an Ebay coupon, and well the deal was done. List $400, with coupon $340. My old 550 was about $560 new.

This 396 LMT Zumo is better than the 550 in almost every way.

PROS
- It has a bigger screen.
- The screen is just as bright.
- The unit shows the speed limit where you are. This is a welcome change. It gives you a prompt when the speed limit is reducing.
- Lifetime map updates, 2 per year. Traffic warning capability (have not used this yet).
- The unit is much better looking, thinner, and lighter. Feels more durable. No buttons, all touch screen.
- The screen desktop allows you to personalize the settings to a greater degree.
- It was cheaper. Mainly because it only comes with what you need for using on a bike. No extra car mounts with it.
- More memory.
- Faster satellite acquisition.
- Better UI and easier to use keyboard.
- Very solid mount.

CONS
- There is no screw/security lock like a 550. It just snaps into the base. I like this better really. Some may not.
- The road number text is slightly smaller. Mine is mounted on the left handlebar and I can see it fine with old eyes.
- It did not have a travel case like my 550 did for "off-bike" storage. I am using the one from my 550.

OTHER THOUGHTS
- I started to buy the 595LM (the current top of the line Zumo model at $700), the bigger brother to the 396. I am glad I did not. I thought the larger display would be nice, but the 396 is actually just right for me. Personally, I thought the 550 was over priced for what it offered and the 396 is a much better value. The new unit is just as easy to use with gloved fingers or the thumb of my mitten as my old one was.
 

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Did you see this thing is now $250 at the GPS store. Even I couldn't resist one. ;-)
 
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corndog, does it have a jack to plug in ear buds?
 

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corndog, does it have a jack to plug in ear buds?
No.
No input or output jacks, all Bluetooth.
Changed over from 550 to 396 myself, sure miss my XM
Mike


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I've got a 396 as well, with a charge cradle mount on each bike. Works great with gloves. My only complaint is that the left right split keyboard drives me nuts.
 

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On my 350 & 390 you can change the keyboard.
 
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I tried the alphabetical keyboard but quickly changed back to the qwerty.

The split board is good for fat fingers but too frustrating for my small brain.
 
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Old Jeep,
tell me/send me the link to that charge cradle if you would be so kind.
 

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Most will also require the backing plate with the RAM ball on it.
 

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Most will also require the backing plate with the RAM ball on it.
Along with a few other ram parts if that is how you mount it. But that all depends on the bike and location you decide to put it in. GPS city has a ton of RAM compatible pieces that make it easy to mount to pretty much anything you like.

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What could possibly go wrong ? How about buying the Zumo 396 and not checking beforehand to see if it's compatible with your Sena 10upad.
 

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What could possibly go wrong ? How about buying the Zumo 396 and not checking beforehand to see if it's compatible with your Sena 10upad.
SO this doesn't work?
 

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I should have added that I spoke with Garmin and only 2 Sena devices are supported. 10 SMH & 20 S
All that means is they only tested those 2. If I get bored I'll see if it works with my sena srl2. I have no interest in hearing the gps, so I have never tried.
 

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I have 3 Zumo's a 350 and 2 x 390's, one of my 390's was behaving strangely and sluggish, updates had not improved it and it was the only one out of three I was not happy with so I decided to have a play, I know Garmin have some hidden systems that I was able to crack into once before so I thought why not ?

This time I held down the power off button, when I got the "turn off the device" page I ignored it and just continued to hold the power button down, the screen went blank then powered back up again and loaded the maps just like a first start up would do.

I lost no information, all saved features & routes were still there but the performance was back to the way it was when new, I was so impressed my other two units got the same treatment.
 
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The 396 works well with my Sena SMH10R and SRL2.
 
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