Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Re: Pre-Order zumo 665
I have ordered and received my 665 and even though I don't just "have" the dough I also felt that it is better to get recent hardware rather than outdated hardware the moment I order it.
Now as for the price tag difference I ran all kind of different scenarios, but unfortunately none came anywhere close when you take stereo bluetooth into account.
Yes, if you go back to cables, then I agree you can get it cheaper. Not necessarily better, but cheaper. Especially taking into account that the 665 delivers all in one unit instead of having again two units mounted on the handlebar.
Now, that I had the unit on my bike for the last weekend I can already give a few comments on how it is working:
First of all: it is FAST! I guess thats what you get when you buy newer hardware instead of outdated hardware. While someone could (even with some right) argue that one doesn't NEED the speed in a GPS as long as it does it's job. But then who NEEDS a motorcycle? or a GPS alltogether?
Anyways, this thing is fast. Garmin offers a free map upgrade (download) which also gives you the current version of mapsource (no CD/DVD in the box) but that only gives you new maps, and with that statement the negative: Garmin will have to work on the firmware quite a bit. Being on the bleeding edge has its drawbacks also. so far the unit locked up twice on me. Once the screen just went blank and I was by no means able to coax it back on until I took out the battery. Second time it refused to accept new destinations to route me to. It was still showing the map and everything else, but no new destination. Again this was solved in 10 seconds flat by taking the battery out.
And then the bluetooth does not always come on in stereo either. Sometimes it refuses to go into stereo mode which again requires the above procedure. I expect these issues to be fixed soon knowing how GArmin handled these issues in the past with other products which had similar problems the day they were released. Now, if you want to run wired, there is good news: In the box there is a MC specific handlebar holder including a cable which includes 3.5mm headset connector and a 2.5mm mic connector and well as the mini usb connector for the GXM40 antenna.
What I REALLY like is the way it handles traffic and weather alerts. E.g. on our way back from Big Bend on Sunday Karen and I ran into some traffic in the outskirts of Houston and the traffic info alerted me before we hit the really bad spots. Clicking on the traffic icon brought up the information what was going on, where it was (40 miles ahead and traffic already started to slow down) and a question "Avoid the traffic? Route around?" From there we had a leisurely ride through the eastern backyard of Houston instead of sitting on I10 in traffic.
All in all I have to say I'd buy it again, especially after I saw that the weather alert is also better than on previous units, and that the weather maps are real weather maps not the like they were in the 28xx, 27xx series.
Does that help?