The Garmin nuvi 260W is a member of Garmin's popular entry level nuvi 200 series. A 4.3" wide screen version of the smaller nuvi 260, the 260W is identical to it in all other respects. The 260 and 260W are the only two models in the first-generation 200 series to include text-to-speech, the ability to call out street names. That way you'll get "turn left on Highway 128 in 200 feet", rather than just "turn left in 200 feet."
UPDATE: A new model, the nuvi 255W, offers these features and more, and has often been selling for a little less than the nuvi 260W.
Stepping down to the Garmin nuvi 250W, you'll lose text-to-speech.
Check out my Garmin nuvi comparison chart to see how the 260W stacks up against other units' features, including those of the newer 2x5 series.
More Garmin nuvi 260W reviews
- Consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 260W reviews are posted at Amazon
- Okaay.com posts a Garmin nuvi 260W review
- Consumer reviews of the nuvi 260W are also being posted at CNet
- A GPS newbie posts a Garmin nuvi 260W review
- Paul's Travel Pictures reviews the nuvi 260W
- Here's a brief Garmin nuvi 260W review / testimonial posted on the Garmin blog
I'll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some...
Other Garmin nuvi 260W resources
- The Garmin nuvi 260W quick start manual
- There is a Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion
- Confused about the wide range of nuvi models? Check out this handy Garmin auto GPS comparison tool or use my own Garmin nuvi comparison chart
- A video demo of the nuvi 260W:
Compare prices on the Garmin nuvi 260W at these merchants:
- Check the current Garmin nuvi 260W price at Amazon
- Find the Garmin nuvi 260W Portable GPS navigation w/ Text-to-Speech & 4.3 Wide LCD for an incredibly low price at BuyDig.com
- Get the Garmin nuvi 260W Wide-Screen Automotive GPS System with North American Maps at TigerGPS, where you get free shipping on orders above $250
- Find the Garmin nuvi 260W for an amazing price on eBay
From the official Garmin nuvi 260W web page:
nüvi 260W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with 2-D or 3-D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions.