Garmin Nuvi 40LM Review


This fast and accurate GPS from Garmin includes several useful features, such as free map updates, lane assist, speed limit alert, spoken street names, and 5 million-plus POIs. Not a bad package for such a low price.

Garmin Nuvi 40LM reviews say good things about this low-cost, portable GPS. In addition to useful features, it performs as it should. An expert Garmin Nuvi 40LM review by GPS Tracklog found no irregularities in routing requests or lengthy waits for a satellite connection. It also considers this the best in Garmin's long line of entry-level models. Users likewise cheer the combination of price, features, and functionality. Garmin Nuvi 40LM reviews at Amazon, for example, praise the intuitive interface, responsiveness, and accuracy. One user asserts it beats the car's built-in GPS hands-down; a trucker reports it has saved him from getting lost on many occasions; and others concede being serial buyers. That said, we came across some dissenting Garmin Nuvi 40LM reviews -- e.g., directions may be slow in coming, accuracy occasionally falters, and recalibration after a wrong turn can be sluggish.

The features that win over experts and users include the free lifetime map updates (up to four times annually), speed limit alerts, lane assist and realistic junction views, and the ability to customize the list of 5 million-plus points of interest. Reviewers also like the easy-to-read 4.3-inch color display with its standard 480 x 272 resolution. Additional goodies include voice navigation and spoken street names, a "where am I?" function, and a microSD card slot. Preloaded maps cover the lower 48 states and another version of the Nuvi 40LM covers the entire U.S and Canada. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to two hours when not plugged in. Two minor demerits: no traffic updates or multi-destination routing.

Garmin's Nuvi 40LM (starting at $90, Amazon) is an excellent choice for budget GPS shoppers. It's relatively fast and maintains a high level of accuracy when pinpointing your location and calculating routes. Users appreciate the high-value features and strong performance. In short, the Garmin Nuvi 40LM will serve you well.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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