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Garmin nüvi® 2577LT
Portable navigator with voice-activated navigation plus free lifetime traffic updates
Item # 1502577LT | MFR # 010-01123-29
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Our take on the Garmin nüvi® 2577LT by Crutchfield's Dominic DeVito
Explore safer driving across North America and Europe
For international businesspeople and those who like to vacation across the pond, Garmin's nüvi 2577LT portable navigator offers an easy-to-use solution to help keep you from getting lost in unfamiliar territory. It provides access to preloaded maps of Europe, the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico, and several Caribbean islands, along with millions of points of interest. It allows you to add your own favorite stopping points, plus you can find and select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus
If you're safety conscious, the nüvi 2577LT features voice-activated navigation that recognizes your speech, so you can keep your hands on the wheel. And Bluetooth® connectivity not only lets you enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, but you can also connect wirelessly to Garmin's free app for Android™ phones to get valuable real-time info the navigator can't provide.
Take control without using your hands
Voice-activated navigation is quite simple: with one spoken command, you can "wake up" the navigator to respond to your voice. You can search through menus on the 5" screen, then input addresses and destinations without touching the screen. The Garmin will respond to your words intelligently. Built-in Bluetooth lets you sync your compatible phone to the navigator for hands-free conversations you carry through the nüvi's integrated microphone and speaker.
Android phone users
You can download Garmin's free Smartphone Link app to your device and connect to the nüvi 2577LT. When paired, the navigator can use your phone's existing data plan to share information such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. You can then use your phone to give you step-by-step directions back to your car in a large parking lot, for example, or import destinations to your navigator from your phone. You can also launch Garmin Live Services from the app, which give you local weather reports, live traffic updates, real-time photos from traffic cameras, area gas prices, and nearby parking help. Some Garmin Live Services require a subscription. Data charges may apply for using Smartphone Link — you'll want to check with your service provider.
The nüvi 2577LT features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's Traffic service, which is more expansive and timely than ever. Garmin Traffic incorporates historical traffic patterns, data from active devices on the road, and other factors like construction, concerts, and sporting events to give you a comprehensive look at congestion in most metropolitan areas, including a few cities in Canada. Garmin Traffic is also voice activated, so it can respond to the sound of your spoken words. Best of all, you won't have to pay a penny more for this service over the life of your nüvi.
Note: Garmin Traffic is not available in most areas outside of the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Keep your ears on the road
The nüvi 2577LT offers Garmin's Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice, a combination that helps keep you relaxed as you drive. Real Directions voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time. With Real Voice technology, you'll hear directions spoken in a personable, human-sounding voice that you'll easily understand.
Eye-friendly 5" display
The nüvi 2577LT's 5" touch display makes it easy to follow along, and you can view its maps in either portrait or landscape orientation. Speed limit displays with visual warnings on major roads help keep you in check, and you'll even be notified of school zones. And with one tap of the screen, you can pull up details for services that lie ahead on your route, including restaurants, gas stations, and more. You also get free updates on traffic along your route and quick solutions for avoiding delays.
Stay on course
Garmin incorporates several helpful visual tools to keep you on the correct path:
- Active Lane Guidance shows you colored arrows for the correct lane for an upcoming turn;
- Bird's Eye junction view gives you a detailed look at complicated interchanges from above, to give you a better perspective;
- photoReal junction view displays realistic images of intersections, including signs and surrounding terrain, along with colored arrows for the correct lane.
You'll see all three visual features in a split-screen with your overall route so you won't lose sight of what's further down the road. This Garmin's also compatible with the optional Garmin BC 30 wireless rear-view camera, so you can add an extra layer of safety when you're backing out of your driveway.
photoReal junction view with active lane guidance
Only used a GPS once so on my next trip driving in Europe I bought one since what they charge is more than the cost of one. Then I am keeping it.
What's in the Box:
- Portable GPS navigation device (w/5" LCD)
- Universal bracket mount
- Suction cup mount
- TA20 Car charger with attached 69" cable (Mini-B 2.0 USB plug)
- 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
- "Welcome" sheet (graphic quick start guide)
- Important Safety and Product Information
- Online registration sheet
- Accessories offer
- 2 Smartphone Link offers
- portable GPS navigator
- includes Garmin Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info
- suction-cup windshield mount
- cradle, car power adapter, mini-USB cable and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 2.5 hours of life
- 5" (480 x 272 pixels) display with touchscreen control
- accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
- 10 million points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
- preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, Europe, and Puerto Rico, plus most of Mexico and several major Caribbean islands
- text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
- Real Directions gives instructions using landmarks, buildings, and traffic signals
- Real Voice announces directions in human-like voice
- trafficTrends provides routes based on actual historic travel times due to daily traffic
- Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts
- Bird's Eye and photoReal junction views
- speed limit and school zone indicators
- Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services
- multi-destination routing: route optimization
- transport modes: auto
- Bluetooth for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
- works with Garmin Smartphone Link app for Android phones
- microSD card slot
- compatible with optional Garmin BC 30 wireless camera
Other Features and Specs:
- dimensions: 5-7/16"W x 3-5/16"H x 13/16"D
- weight: 6.6 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Map Coverage||USA (50), CA, PR, USVI, Europe|
|Points of Interest||10,000,000|
|Multiple Destination Routing||Yes|
|Digital Audio Playback||No|
|Text To Speech||Yes|
|Traffic Information||Garmin Traffic|
|Dynamic Content Services||With Smartphone Link|
|Removable Memory Type||microSD|
|Battery Life||2.5 hours|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Garmin nüvi 2577LT, part of the Advanced Series, is a portable GPS navigation device for North America and Europe that provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice directions. The unit includes subscription-free, lifetime traffic updates. With built-in Bluetooth, you can make and receive hands-free phone calls through a Bluetooth-enabled phone, plus receive live services through a free Smartphone Link app.
5" Touchscreen LCD: The nüvi 2577LT features a 5" manual dual-orientation WQVGA color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The screen can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientation, and can be switched in the Settings Menu.
Preloaded Maps: The nüvi 2577LT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT 2013 maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas. The maps include more than 10-million points of interest (POIs) to help you find the destination you desire. The unit also has City Navigator Europe NTU 2013 maps.
nüMaps Guarantee: If you register your device on Garmin's website within 90 days of acquiring satellites while driving, you can check to see if a free map update is available. You must be able to connect your device via a high-speed internet connection in order to check the loaded map version and download the map update.
Map Updates: Garmin offers subscriptions for downloadable one-time map updates or Lifetime Updates, available 4 times a year. Maps updates for North America and Europe require separate purchases. When purchased, you will receive an unlock key code in order to receive your map updates via the internet. A high-speed Internet connection is required.
Garmin Express: You can connect the unit to your computer with the supplied USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices, and vehicles. You will need to download the Garmin Express software to update your maps and register the unit. Garmin Express requires Windows Vista or newer or Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, running in 64-bit.
Bluetooth: The nüvi 2577LT has built-in Bluetooth technology. This allows you to sync the unit with a Bluetooth-enabled device for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. You can make and receive phone calls as long as the devices are within 33 feet and paired.
microSD Card Slot: The nüvi 2577LT has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional cityXplorer or marine maps (available from Garmin), or download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.
Power Requirements: The Garmin nüvi 2577LT is powered by your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter. The built-in Lithium-Ion battery will provide up to 2.5 hours of use after a 4-hour charge. An optional AC adapter allows you to operate the unit on ordinary household current. The unit can be powered by your computer when it is connected via the supplied USB cable.
Garmin Real Directions/Garmin Real Voice: The nüvi 2577LT features Garmin Real Directions with easy-to-understand driving directions using recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights, in addition to street names. Garmin Real Voice uses advanced speech technology that sounds more like a natural human voice.
Voice Command: You can use your voice to activate and operate the nüvi 2577LT. Voice Command allows you to use the device by speaking words and commands and following the voice prompts. After speaking a predetermined Wakeup Phrase, you can enter the names and/or address of popular, well-known locations. If necessary, you can disable voice prompts without muting the device, so you'll still hear the audible directions as you travel.
Smartphone Link: Smartphone Link is a phone application that allows the device to download live data using your phone's data connection, and transferring the data wirelessly via Bluetooth. The free Garmin Smartphone Link app provides access to Garmin Live Services, which includes free and subscription-based plans for viewing traffic data, weather, dynamic parking, and fuel prices. Garmin Smartphone Link is available for iPhone in the App Store and for Android in the Google Play store.
Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic tie-ups that may delay your travel. It uses one of the most extensive traffic avoidance systems to check traffic conditions more than 2 billion times a month. The traffic updates appear to the side of the map, so your driving map remains onscreen at all times. The updates can give you details about the situation, including the estimated length of the delay. Free Lifetime Garmin Traffic requires no subscription or activation, and is subject to Terms & Conditions.
Note: Traffic updates are available in approximately 136 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Location-relevant pop-up ads and coupons will be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.
Optional Garmin HD Digital Traffic: When you add the optional Garmin GTM60 HD Digital Traffic receiver, you will receive updates as often as every 30 seconds over the HD Radio system, more than 10 times more often than other analog traffic receivers. Garmin HD Digital Traffic is available in approximately 125 metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.
Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 10-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs. are included to help you find the destination you desire. In addition, you can download additional points of interest and add them to the unit's memory (Custom POIs). The free POI Loader software can be downloaded from the Garmin website to assist you in creating Custom POIs.
Active Lane Guidance: Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts lets you know in advance which lane you should to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the nüvi 2577LT will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal junction view, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and brightly-colored arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation. The Bird's Eye view also gives you a top-down view of upcoming interchanges.
Map View Options: You can choose from a 3D map view or two 2D map views (Track Up or North Up) as you navigate to your destination.
Speed Limits: As you travel along a major road or street, the speed limit is displayed on the screen alongside of the vehicle's speed display. If you are exceeding the speed limit, the color of the vehicle speed indication changes to red. If the highway's posted speed limit has changed since the last map update, you can change the speed limit display on the unit.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you touch the vehicle icon on the map screen, the "Where Am I?" feature provides the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Up Ahead: As you travel along your route, the Up Ahead feature constantly indicates the location of nearby businesses, including gas, food, lodging, restrooms, parking, and banks and ATMs. The locations are shown as icons, some with brand logos, and when the icons are touched on the screen, details of the services are displayed, and you are given the opportunity to navigate to that address.
Garmin Locate: To assist you in finding your parked vehicle, the Garmin Locate feature saves your location to memory when you remove the device from the windshield mounting cradle while the device is on. You can search for your vehicle's location using the Last Spot button in the menu.
Destination Search: When the Where To? button is pressed, you can use the search tools to find your destination and plan your route. The search tools allow you to search for cities, addresses, intersections, or coordinates. The new Search Bar lets you directly enter a category, brand name, address, or city name. The unit's memory stores the last 50 locations you have found so you can quickly find a previous destination.
Garmin Garage: The unit offers your choice of eight standard icons to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Garage offers dozens more vehicle icons that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon and voice bundles with Star Wars (Yoda, Darth Vader), Sesame Street (Oscar, Cookie Monster, Ernie & Bert), and The Simpsons (Homer and Marge) themes.
trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the nüvi 2577LT automatically records historic traffic data and uses that data to calculate more efficient routes. This information is sent to Garmin when you connect your device to myGarmin (your personal account site on the Garmin website) using your computer. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or the time of day.
myTrends: In addition to the trafficTrends feature, myTrends also takes into account your personal driving habits and anticipates your route when calculating your ETA to your frequent destinations.
Trip Planner: You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.
GPS Simulator: When indoors, you can activate the built-in GPS simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites, saving battery power.
ecoRoute: The optional ecoRoute feature calculates the fuel economy and the fuel price of navigating to a destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The ecoRoute application can be purchased from the Garmin Online Store.
Garmin Mechanic: This device is compatible with Garmin Mechanic with ecoRoute HD, which gives you real-time automotive diagnostic information right on the LCD screen. By connecting to your vehicle's OBD II port, you can monitor your vehicle's performance, providing detailed information on fuel efficiency, engine diagnostics, and sensor and gauge data. Garmin Mechanic with ecoRoute HD is compatible with most 1996 and newer cars and light trucks sold in the United States. See Garmin's incompatible vehicles list for more information.
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1 question already asked
what other accessories does this come with ? does it come with a dashboard mount and car charger ? [ billy Jan 26, 2015 ]
Yes, I've gotten two updates. Works real well in Germany. [ MANUEL Mar 26, 2014 ]
No, only the inital out of the box update in case yours is downlevel when you buy it. I know you can buy a lifetime update contract, I had one on my earlier Garmin that was stolen out of my car in France last year. If, you travel in Europe, don't leave any obvious evidence of having a GPS, ie the suction mount mark on the windshield or on your dash is a dead giveaway. [ THOMAS Mar 26, 2014 ]
As of June 2013, the (European) maps did not have free updates. Updates needed to purchased separately. But they work quite well. [ JOSEF Mar 26, 2014 ]