Need directions for where you're going? Garmin's StreetPilot 2620 can help! This powerhouse gives you everything you need right out of the box — it comes loaded with detailed maps of the entire United States, plus major Canadian metropolitan areas. You can navigate to a specific address, or choose from one of over five million points of interest, which include hotels, restaurants, landmarks, gas stations, and more. And since the maps are preloaded on the included 2.2GB hard drive, you won't have to upload them from a separate CD-ROM!

The StreetPilot 2620 offers an extensive list of options and features, and operating the unit requires some initial research. Garmin includes a comprehensive setup guide to help you use this powerful navigation tool to its full potential. Garmin also offers a highly recommended instructional video (free, with your purchase of the StreetPilot 2620) that will guide you through the 2620's menu system.

The StreetPilot 2620 sits safely on your dash using its friction beanbag mount, which allows you to move it easily from vehicle to vehicle. As you drive, it gives you turn-by-turn guidance with the map it displays on its vibrant, 256-color screen, and voice instructions delivered over its included speaker. Touchscreen controls and the included wireless remote control make system operation easy.

Going on that family cross-country vacation? Enter multiple destinations and get the most out of your trip. Like taking the scenic route? You can program the StreetPilot to take you on the class of road of your choice. And that's just the tip of the iceberg — the more you use the StreetPilot 2620, the more ways you'll find to make traveling easier and more rewarding.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigation unit
  • preloaded detailed maps of the U.S. and Canada
  • 2.2GB hard drive with 512MB available space for uploading additional map info
  • external speaker
  • cigarette lighter power adapter
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • built-in GPS antenna
  • jack for optional external antenna
  • touchscreen controls
  • portable beanbag dash mount and permanent, adhesive-backed dash mount included
  • sensor adjusts screen brightness to light conditions automatically
  • remote
  • 5-3/4"W x 3-5/16"H x 2-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

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What's in the box?

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  • Portable car navigation unit
  • 64" Power cable with cigarette lighter adapter/external speaker and plastic contact cover
  • AC adaptor with attached 68" DC output cord and plastic contact cover (DC Output: 12 Volts/0.5 Amp)
  • Wireless remote control (requires two "AAA" batteries - batteries not included)
  • 2.2GB Pre-programmed Microdrive hard drive (installed in unit)
  • 39" USB cable (with USB-A connector on one end and USB Mini-B Type 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • Dash Mount
  • 2 Oval self-adhesive pads
  • Portable bean bag friction mount
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • USB Drivers CD-ROM software
  • Registration Code sheet

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Features

Product Overview: The Garmin StreetPilot 2620 is a portable automotive navigation unit with a 12 parallel channel GPS receiver. It continually tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position every second. With the built-in basemap and supplied 2.2GB pre-programmed hard drive (2.2GB Microdrive card), the StreetPilot 2620 can automatically calculate a route and provide turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts. The 2.2GB hard drive is removable; once removed, the hard drive may be replaced by a Type I or Type II CompactFlash card.

Built-in Basemap: The unit has a built-in basemap of North America and South America containing state and country boundaries, lakes, rivers, streams, airports, cities, towns, and coastlines. It also contains state and interstate highways, local thoroughfares and secondary roads within metro areas, federal interstate highway exit information for services such as food, lodging and truck, RV and automotive service stations.

Hard Drive: The StreetPilot 2620 includes a removable 2.2GB hard drive (Microdrive card) which is pre-programmed with MapSource City Navigator software providing street-level detail and addresses, plus listings of nearest restaurants, hotels, ATMs, etc., throughout the United States and metro areas of Canada (a total of more than 5 million points of interest). The hard drive contains approximately 512MB of available space for downloading additional MapSource map software you may purchase.

Satellite Status: Once the GPS receiver in the StreetPilot has collected the necessary data to calculate a fix, the status field indicates a 2D or 3D status. A 2D status means that at least three satellites with good geometry have been locked onto, and a two-dimensional position fix (latitude and longitude) is calculated. A 3D status means that at least four satellites with good geometry have been locked onto, and your position is calculated in latitude, longitude, and elevation.

GPS Accuracy: This unit's GPS positioning capability is accurate to less than 15 meters (49 feet).

Touchscreen Display: The 3.3" x 1.7", bright, automotive-grade 8-bit, 256-color LCD with an automatic dimming backlight and touchscreen. The screen's resolution is 305 x 160 pixels. The screen-width scale is 900 feet to 6,100 miles.

Remote Control: The StreetPilot 2620 features a wireless infrared remote control to perform functions similar to the unit's touchscreen and keypad controls. The remote features alphanumeric keys for entering data such as an address or waypoint name. The remote's "thumb stick" allows you to select menu options, change settings and enter data, plus control the movement of the cursor when panning on the map page.

Information Pages: The information provided by the StreetPilot 2620 is found on various display screens called pages. There are 3 main pages (Map, Trip Information, Current Route), plus, during navigation, the Next Turn Page. Each page gives you the following information:

  • Map:
    • Indicates real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route
    • Shows map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns
    • Allows you to zoom, pan and point using the touchscreen controls
    • When no destination entered, customized data tabs provide navigation detail, including moving direction, speed, time of day, and approaching streets
    • When destination entered, customized data tabs provide driving instructions, distance and time to next turn, distance and ETA to final destination
  • Trip Information:
    • Displays current time of day
    • Compass ribbon shows current compass heading while moving
    • Indicates current speed, average driving speed, overall average speed, maximum speed
    • Calculates driving time, stopped time and total time
    • Up to 4 different mileage logs record trip distances
  • Current Route (only available during navigation):
    • Displays the next three turns including turn direction arrow, turn description, distance and time for each
    • Bottom row shows destination and estimated distance and time of travel from your current location
    • Allows you to use scroll bar to view past or future turns and directions
    • Allows you to stop and resume navigation for "side trips"
    • Updates the route if you've traveled off the current route or reselected between faster time route and shorter distance route
  • Next Turn Page (only available during navigation):
    • Displays in detailed format the features of the next turn in the route
    • Data includes distance and time to the next turn and driving directions in text format
    • Touching details of turn switches display to a detailed map of the turn
    • Page can be programmed to appear only when navigating a route, only when Speak key is pressed, or turned off completely

Find Function: You can use the Find function to search for Waypoints, Cities, or Exits that are included in the StreetPilot 2620's basemap or the City Navigator map data (loaded onto the CF card). You can search for particular Points of Interest, Addresses, or Intersections. Using your current location as a reference point, you can search for the "nearest", "distance" and "directions" features. The "Recently Found Places" selection allows you to quickly recall the last 30 businesses or cities found.

Routing: After choosing a starting point and a destination, the StreetPilot 2620 will automatically calculate a route for you, based on the shortest distance or the fastest time. You can also add intermediate points along the way to the final destination. Other Routing options include detours, stopping and resuming a route, return to start, save routes, and list saved routes. Up to 50 routes can be stored in the StreetPilot's memory.

Avoid: You can program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route. Examples of things that can be avoided include U-Turns, Toll Roads, Unpaved Roads, and Major Highways (unless alternative routes take you too far out of the way).

Waypoints: You can manually mark and name any map position as a "waypoint" for later recall. The StreetPilot 2620 can hold up to 500 waypoints.

Tracks: The StreetPilot 2620 automatically records a history of your locations in the "Track Log", creating an electronic "bread crumb" trail of the path you have traveled. The unit can store up to 2000 track log points.

Track Up/North Up: You can switch the sky view display from a "North Up" orientation to align to the current direction of travel or "Track Up".

Simulator Mode: When indoors, you can activate the built-in Simulator mode and practice using the unit. This shuts off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.

Power Requirements: The StreetPilot 2620 operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter, or household current using the supplied AC adapter. Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not lost when the unit is disconnected from a power source.

Voice Prompts: The unit can provide voice prompts and, if enabled, tone sounds. The unit can "speak" status messages (such as "searching for satellites"), and route navigation messages (such as "drive two miles west and turn right"). You can program the unit to automatically speak both Guidance and Status messages, Guidance messages only, or only when the "Speak" key is pressed. Tones can be enabled to confirm touchscreen or key press commands as well as Attention tones that precede voice prompts.

Antenna: The built-in patch antenna is located in the unit's top panel. An optional external antenna may be needed when operating the unit with a coated windshield or an in-screen heating system which can block the GPS signal. The unit has an external GPS antenna jack with an MCX-type connector.

Waterproof: The StreetPilot 2620's case is fully gasketed, providing an IPX-7 waterproof rating, enabling the unit to withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Mounting Options: The unit should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit features an integrated mounting bracket for use with the supplied Dash Mount base or the Portable Bean Bag Mount. The Dash Mount base uses adhesive pads to secure the base to the dashboard. The Portable Bean Bag Mount features a rubberized non-slip surface and four "beanbags" to provide temporary mounting on uneven or contoured surfaces. Once the StreetPilot 2620 is locked into place in either mount, it can be tilted forward or backward and rotated 360 degrees for best visibility. Note: If you're not using a remote antenna, the unit must be installed where it has a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.

Interface Capability: This unit can be connected to a PC via the supplied USB 1.1 cable. This interface allows you to download additional map information to the unit's CompactFlash card. The supplied CD-ROM USB driver must first be installed on your PC before connecting the unit via the USB cable.

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My First GPS

Written By Bullwinkle46, Muskogee Ok. on Thursday, July 28, 2005

Good Solid Built Unit. Order the FREE Video and it will help you to Understand how the Unit works. Some Highways not Listed as well as the Major Highway that is In the middle of Town isn't Labeled Correctly. I think overall I am Glad I purchased the unit.