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Garmin nuvi® 350

Portable navigation system

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Garmin's tiny nüvi 350 navigator — about the size of a deck of playing cards — makes a powerful traveling companion. It provides accurate GPS navigation, getting you to your destination with ease. On top of that, it acts as a personal travel and entertainment assistant, giving you an MP3 player, an audio book player, and a handy digital travel kit which includes a picture viewer, world clock, currency converter, measurement converter, and calculator.

Garmin's tiny nüvi 350 navigator — about the size of a deck of playing cards — makes a powerful traveling companion. It provides accurate GPS navigation, getting you to your destination with ease. On top of that, it acts as a personal travel and entertainment assistant, giving you an MP3 player, an audio book player, and a handy digital travel kit which includes a picture viewer, world clock, currency converter, measurement converter, and calculator.

The built-in, flip-up antenna receives the GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite signal. Preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico display on the 3.5" screen, showing you where you are and where you're going. Voice prompts delivered over the built-in speaker tell you whenever a turn is coming up. Rather than saying "turn left ahead," the nüvi 350 uses text-to-speech technology to announce actual street names, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

To enter a destination, just use the touchscreen controls to select a street address or intersection. Or dig into the database of millions of points of interest, such as hotels and restaurants, and you'll be able to find places you'd like to go in the cities you're visiting.

You can use the included USB cable to upload MP3s, digital pictures, and audio books (from from your home computer. Garmin also included a Secure Digital (SD) card slot on the side of the nüvi 350, so you can access your SD cards loaded with MP3s and pictures. Garmin's Point of Interest loader program also lets you save customized points of interest for future use.

The nüvi 350 also offers you the option of expansion. Language and travel guides are available from Garmin, which give you access to multi-language wordbanks and phrasebooks, plus handy travel tips, like hotel and restaurant reviews. Connect a Garmin traffic information receiver (see "Accessories"), and you'll be able to subscribe to Clear Channel's Traffic Message Channel. It provides you up-to-the-minute information on traffic flow, accidents, construction, and more along your programmed route, so you can avoid potential traffic snags.

The nüvi 350 comes with home and car power adapters. Its internal rechargeable battery also offers 4-8 hours of performance. The included suction-cup bracket mounts the nüvi 350 firmly on your windshield for easy visibility at a glance.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS satellite navigation unit with built-in antenna
  • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel-channel GPS receiver
  • 3.5" color screen with touchpanel controls
  • internal flash memory with preloaded detailed maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • text-to-speech technology lets voice prompts announce road names over the built-in speaker
  • nearly six million points of interest
  • 3-D map views available
  • digital travel kit: MP3 player, audio book player, picture viewer, world clock, currency converter, measurement converter, and calculator
  • works with optional receiver to deliver up-to-the-minute traffic information (subscription also required)
  • home and car power adapters
  • built-in rechargeable battery with 4-8 hours of life
  • USB cable
  • Secure Digital (SD) card slot (supports up to 2GB)
  • suction-cup mount
  • works with Garmin's POI loader program to allow uploads of custom points of interest
  • optional language and travel guide software
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-15/16"H x 7/8"D
  • weight: 5.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Got this gadget for Christmas and the best way I can discibe it is WOW!I have been testing it by deliberately driving off the prescribed route and Nuvi immediately makes corrections. Extremely accurate.

BHall, San Antonio, TX

What's in the Box:

  • Portable car navigation receiver
  • Cradle
  • Suction-cup mount
  • Hard plastic mounting disk with self-adhesive base
  • AC power adapter with attached 6' cable (Output: 5V/1A)
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 6' cable (has 1A fuse installed)
  • 37" USB cable (with USB-A connector on one end and USB Mini-B Type 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • Leather carry case
  • Quick reference guide
  • nüvi Product Information Sheet
  • "Important! Unlock Code Enclosed" sheet
  • Digital Audiobook Download Card
  • "Audio Lunchbox" sheet

Garmin nuvi® 350 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)

Great Product!

David from Madison, NC on 1/26/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would highly recommend this unit! I originally purchased another manufacturers unit from Crutchfield, and it was defective right out of the box. The Customer Service agent was extremely helpfull, and exchanged that unit for the Nuvi 350. I've used it several times already, and continue to be amazed at it's accuracy!! The voice announced street names are a great help to. I never have to take my eyes off the road! Great Product!!!



mind boggling

andy from cornwall (new windsor) n.y. on 7/15/2007

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it is totally mind boggling how cool and accurate the nuvi 350 is. you turn it on, you go, and you are there. the greatest part is that it is portable so you can program it at home or in the office before you get to the car. it even gives you arrival times. you can also share the nuvi with friends and family. if i had any issues, which are minor, it would be that it takes a little while to acquire satelites and that some streets are named as county routes instead of the actual street name. other that that it is a near perfect product. i, even, bought my son one for his birthday.



Fantastic Navigation

Steven from Metro Detroit on 1/24/2007

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I have owned my Garmin nuvi 350 for over a month now. Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I love the fact that the unit can fit in my pocket and still has a large enough screen to clearly see the display while I drive. I was worried that a 3.5&quot; viewing area would be too small, but it is just right. Any larger and I might have been unhappy<BR><BR><BR>I have traveled with it out of my state - to an unknown city and it did not let me down. The Garmin maps are very easy to read and the voice guidance gives you plenty of notice about an upcoming turn. The nuvi 350 got me right to my hotel and allowed me to find resturants, and addresses with ease! <BR><BR>This unit is fantastic.



Thanks Santa!

BHall from San Antonio, TX on 12/27/2006

Got this gadget for Christmas and the best way I can discibe it is WOW!I have been testing it by deliberately driving off the prescribed route and Nuvi immediately makes corrections. Extremely accurate.



The Best for the Price

Mr. J.X. from Sacramento, CA on 6/26/2006

I've taken this thing on a trip to Missouri, one of the most awful places to drive around, and it withstood the test. It is way better than the Alpine Blackbird in terms of recalculating and finding GPS signals. I have not tried units that are more expensive than $800, but this is by far the best unit I've tried in this range. The TomTom may be close, but this unit is sleek and stylish. It is also very accurate which is really what I've been looking for. No bluetooth but I've got my earpieces...besides with a DVD entertainment system and NUVI, bluetooth will be the least of your desires...



Garmin Nuvi 350 Review

JASON from Rural Retreat Virginia on 3/24/2006

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I have used the Garmin ique 3600 and the new Garmin Ique M3 as far as navigation the Nuvi 350 is an excellent unit. It is compact in size so it does not block your vision while driving. The glass mountain that comes with the Nuvi is very sturdy and does not require you to loosen any screws to position it where you want it. Just grab it and turn it how ever you want. This is a big plus. especialy if you need to move it a little while driving The best part is the caculating a route. It will caculate routes in under 20 seconds. and if you make a wrong turn it usually recaulates in under 100ft where with previous models I have used it would take a 1/4 to 1/2 mile to recaculate. The antenna is very sensitive and will even pickup while I am inside of my house. This is really a great gps unit and well worth the money



Great product

Charles1 from Boston, MA on 3/23/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As a new driver, I often find the hardest and most nerve-wracking part to be looking for signs and road markings when going to a new destination. After a lot of soul-searching (mostly about the price), I got the Garmin Nuvi. I have to say I am very pleased with the product. I did a lot of research beforehand and knew what I DIDN'T want: a difficult-to-read screen, outdated maps, and no text-to-speech functionality. The last one was especially important, as the whole reason I was getting a GPS system was to be able to keep my eyes on the road. I have been very impressed with the Nuvi... it was kept me on the "best" (in my opinion) route 95% of the time, and if I ever felt I wanted to find another way to get someplace, it quickly recalculated after I made a turn. I really like the "avoid" feature which allows me to avoid highways and toll lanes. In addition, the Nuvi is so small I can easily take it with me when I leave the car. I plan on travelling across the US a bit in the coming year, and I really like the fact it will be useful in every state. Overall, the only star I'm taking off is for the price. I know it has extra features like an MP3 player, etc, but honestly, I would be happy to have the GPS as a standalone for a couple of hundred less, and then decide if I wanted to add the extra functionality at an add-on price. However, I would gladly recommend the Nuvi to friends and family. As a side note, this is the second time I've bought something from Crutchfield, and I find their customer service to be amazing. Shipping is quick, and they have my repeat business by offering easy and free returns.




owen from BAYSIDE, N.Y. on 3/22/2006

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Are we there, yet??

BigDUSA from Philadelphia, Pa on 2/25/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have the GPS laying on my passenger seat and it has no problem acquiring the satellites. Extremely sensitive receiver. Close to 99.1% accurate. It makes the occasional mistake telling me the location, I'm looking for is on wrong side of the street. Extremely quick route recalculations. Clear and loud turn by turn direction. It's an expensive solution but IMHO well worth the money.<BR><BR>There is a firmware update on Garmin's website. Very easy to do and they provide you with the necessary cable for your computer.



Nuvi 350

Edward from Wyckoff, NJ on 2/22/2006

Nuvi 350 was a great purchase! After months and month of reviewing GPS choices I picked the Nuvi 350. I have used the Magellan system in rental cars and was sold on it's flawless operation. The Magellans are good, you won't go wrong in buying one. When you are in your home area there is not a big need for GPS but it becomes a necessity in unfamiliar areas and when on travel. So size becomes a major consideration when packing for travel. The Nuvi 350 fit the bill. The voice guidance is loud and clear. The screen is visible in all light conditions. The speed and accuracy is unbelievable! Get One!



The maps make the difference

Steven from Nashua, NH on 2/5/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought the Nuvi 350 to replace a TomTom GO that I had purchased a year ago, while I generally liked the GO, the poor quality of its US maps from TeleAtlas, even after paying for "updated" maps, led to continuous frustration. Major highway construction completed four years ago was not reflected in the "2005" TomTom maps.<BR><BR>The Nuvi uses Navteq maps which, from my experience so far, are much superior. The Nuvi itself is a delightful device. It is so small and pocketable, it makes it so much easier to take with me wherever I go, and when mounted in my car it does not block as much of the dash as the TomTom did.<BR><BR>Some of my favorite Nuvi features include:<BR><BR>- Excellent text-to-speech announcements of turns<BR>- Clear display of my current road and the next turn<BR>- Auto-zoom shows more detail as I get closer to a turn (some people dont like this and it is defeatable with the 2.70 firmware.)<BR>- Fast acquisition of satellites<BR>- Nice "trip dashboard" showing average speed, distance from start, time stopped and more<BR>- Comprehensive (though a bit dated) POI database with many categories and search<BR>- Bright, highly visible screen<BR><BR>I even used it on a plane flight - next to a window it picks up the satellites well, and zooming out the display gave me a nice-looking map with current location<BR><BR>There's about 700MB of user-accessible storage (less if you add the travel options) and a slot for an SD card.<BR><BR>My gripes are few:<BR>- It's difficult to do advanced itinerary planning starting from a different location<BR>- I'd like TomToms speed-dependent volume



Nuvi 350

Todd from New York, NY on 1/18/2006

WOW! I am super pleased with my Nuvi 350. It was pricey, but has done all I've asked of it and was worth the investment. Even my wife ( who was skeptical) has now seen the light. <BR><BR>Crutchfield service was great as usual.



Garmin NUVI 350

Andy from Charlotte, NC on 1/8/2006

This unit is amazing. It's small compact size makes it easy to take from car to car. The unit is simple to use. Clear screen instructions allow for quick accurate directions. The amount of points of interest included seem unlimited. It has a bright easy to read screen in all light conditions. I have taken it from the mountains of NC to the cites of NJ with no loss of signal. The internal lithium battery allows for long hours of use when biking or hiking. I choose it over the Garmin 2720 and Megallan 760 for all these reasons. I am recommending this unit to all my friends.




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Features and Specs

Maps Built-in
Map Coverage USA, Canada, Puerto Rico
Points of Interest 6,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing No
Screen Size 3.5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer ---
Digital Audio Playback ---
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Traffic Information No
Dynamic Content Services ---
Removable Memory Type SD Memory card
Battery Life 8 hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Product Overview: The nüvi 350 is a portable GPS navigator, traveler's reference, and digital entertainment system, all in one. Combined with detailed maps, the nüvi 350 provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, and touchscreen control. In addition to these navigation features, the nüvi 350 can play MP3 files and audio books (available from

Internal Memory: The nüvi 350 comes with approximately 700 MB of internal memory for storage of supplemental maps, photos, MP3s, and audio books. When the unit is connected to your computer, the nüvi 350 is recognized as an additional drive.

SD Memory Slot: The nüvi 350 can display photo images or play back MP3 audio files or audio books from an optional SD memory card.

Map Software: The nüvi 350 comes loaded with City Navigator NT software, which contains mapping detail of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The maps feature nearly 6-million points of interest (POIs), such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions.

Satellite Status: Once the GPS receiver in the nüvi 350 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 10 meters (32 feet). When WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) is enabled, accuracy is less than 5 meters (16 feet).

Touchscreen Display: The unit features a bright, 3.5" (diagonal) LCD with touchscreen controls. The display has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 64,000 colors. The screen has a manual brightness adjustment.

Custom Points of Interest: The nüvi 350 will accept custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones, and the unit can notify you as you approach one of these points. To download custom POIs, you will need the Garmin POI Loader software, available on Garmin's website.

Information Pages: The information provided by the nüvi 350 is found on various display screens called pages. 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 you are following a route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner. The distance to the next turn (Turn In) is shown in the lower right corner.
    • When you are simply driving while viewing the Map page (not following a route), your speed is shown in the lower left corner. The direction you are driving is shown in the lower right corner.
  • Trip Information:
    • 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
    • Displays overall distance traveled (odometer) and distance to your final destination
  • Current Route:
    • Displays a list of turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route as well as arrival information
    • Shows direction of each turn and distance
  • Next Turn:
    • Shows the next turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn

Where To? During navigation, you can search for places by pressing "Menu", then "Where To?" You can select an Address, Food, Lodging, My Locations (including recent finds), Fuel, Intersections, Attractions, Shopping, Parking, Entertainment, Recreation, Community, Cities, Hospitals, Transit or Auto Services. You can also access Spell Name for direct entry of your new destination, or browse the map. You can search for locations near your present location (default), or select a different city, your current route, or your destination.

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, Highways, Unpaved Roads, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, and Traffic.

Waypoints: You can manually mark and name any map position as a "waypoint" for later recall.

Map Orientation: You can select one of three map orientation displays:

  • 2D Track Up: two-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen
  • 2D North Up: two-dimensional map that constantly displays North at the top of the screen
  • 3D Track Up: three-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen

Screen Color Mode: You can select one of three color modes for the display screen:

  • Daytime: has a lighter, brighter background
  • Nighttime: has a black background, easier to see at night
  • Auto: display automatically switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset

Indoor Use: When indoors, you can activate the built-in simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.

Travel Kit: The Travel Kit gives you access to the following:

  • Language Guide: The optional Garmin Language Guide puts data from Oxford's multilingual resources and five bilingual dictionaries in the palm of your hand. A sample version is preloaded on the nüvi 350 and the full version can be purchased off the Garmin website.
  • Travel Guide: Much like a paper travel guide, the optional Garmin Travel Guide provides information about places, such as restaurants and hotels. The guide can be purchased off the Garmin website.
  • MP3 Player: The nüvi 350 can play MP3 files. The music files must be stored on an optional SD memory card or transferred to the internal memory.
  • Audible Book Player: The nüvi 350 can play audio books that have been purchased from
  • Picture Viewer: The nüvi 350 can display photo images (jpeg files). The image files must be stored on an optional SD memory card or transferred to the internal memory.
  • World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the current time for four location throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world.
  • Currency Converter: This feature allows you to update the currency rates manually so you are always using the most current information.
  • Measurement Converter: You can convert the following: area, distance, speed, temperature, volume, and weight.
  • Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

Optional FM TMC Traffic Receiver: Using an optional Garmin FM TMC Traffic Receiver, the nüvi 350 can receive and use traffic information broadcast over the FM Radio Data System (RDS). When a message is received, the unit displays the event on the map and can change your route to avoid the traffic incident. Receiving traffic information requires a subscription.

Power Requirements: The nüvi 350 operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter, the built-in Lithium-Ion batteries, or household current using the supplied AC adapter. The Lithium-Ion batteries provide up to approximately 8 hours of use. Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not lost when the unit is disconnected from a power source.

Antenna: The built-in antenna is located in the unit's back panel and must be flipped up during navigation. An optional external antenna (GA 27C) 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.

Mounting Options: The unit should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a mounting bracket that includes a suction cup. The suction cup can be used to mount the unit to the windshield or to the dash (using the plastic mounting disk). Once the nüvi 350 is mounted, it can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket 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 cable. This interface allows you to download additional map information to the unit's flash memory.

Inputs and Outputs

Right Side:

  • USB: USB Mini-B Type 2.0 that allows you to connect the nüvi 350 to a computer using the supplied USB cable. This port also allows you to connect the supplied cigarette lighter adapter or AC power adapter.
  • Headphones: minijack headphone output
  • Antenna: when the GPS antenna is flipped up, this port is revealed; this port allows you to connect an optional external GPS antenna (GA 27C)

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