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post #1 of 11 Old Nov 16th, 2010, 1:41 pm Thread Starter
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GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

I'm trying to decide on purchasing a Garmin 665 or 660 Zumo GPS .

Up to this point, I've been trying to save some money and use the Garmin Nuvi from my car with only slight success. Yes, it tracks where I'm going and can give me voice commands for directions but you cannot see the Nuvi GPS in any kind of sunlight even with a GPS hood. I looked at the Numo 550 and for various reasons, do not want that model.

Those who are currently using the Garmin 665 or 660 Zumo models, please let me know if you can comfortably read them in normal sunlight. If you are using either model, do you use a GPS hood and, if so, is that the only way you can see the GPS in sunlight?

I just don't want to spend the bucks if the 660 and 665 are no brighter than the Nuvi.

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

Not sure what you criteria are, but as all active displays the 665 (I have one sans sun screen on my GS) is not or only badly readable in DIRECT glaring sunlight. The sun has to be very bright to wash it out completely, but it has happened to me.

That said, if you want/need the features of the 665 (GPS, bluetooth and XM radio) there is not much alternative out there.

*I* like mine, and the XM antenna resides on the top box. That is one of the disadvantages, if you are using bluetooth to your helmet the XM antenna needs to be about one foot MINIMUM away from the main unit, and so I relocated the antenna all the way back.
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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

This summer I rode 5500 miles with the 665 and 550 sitting next to each other. The 550 screen was noticeably brighter than the 665. I used a glarestomper on the 665 which helped some, but only where it casts a shadow on the screen.

If the screen were brighter, it would be easier for me to read, but it's definitely not a show-stopper.
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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

Look at where people mount thier GPS's, some are high up, some are low. I find it has to do with the angle of the GPS as you are looking at it. On the LT, my 660 is nearly vertical, and causes more glare/washout issues. I prefer to use a GPS hood on it, when on the LT. On My GS, it sits much lower from my line of sight at at much sharper angle, and I seldom have any issues. Overall I like the 660 very much. The 665 is all the 660 is plus more to love.

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

I sprang for Garmin Zumo 660 after getting a good price on Amazon.com. I also bought a second mounting wiring kit for my Triumph Thruxton.

I also purchased a Glarestopper hood. I'll post my thoughts on the readability in sunlight after everything is mounted.

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

Mine is up on a BMR Co-pilot mounted on thier tilit mount with a touratech black locing mount also.


Damn near vertical, but just slightly tilted back. I have had no issues with visibility of the 665 screen.

I also have the XM antenna puck mounted on one of the BMR, accessory shelves. From the center of the "puck" to the center of the Zumo 665 is 7". From the edge of the puck to the closest edge of the Zumo is 3". I have had no Bluetooth intereference issues whatsoever with Nav, XM or my Blackberry Storm

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

Greetings.

If you can, hunt around for a Nuvi 760. I use this model on my LT and can see the screen so easy day or night. You WON'T be dissapointed.

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

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Greetings.

If you can, hunt around for a Nuvi 760. I use this model on my LT and can see the screen so easy day or night. You WON'T be dissapointed.

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

I have nothing for comparison.

My 2010LT came with a GPS mount and I got the Navi IV. It is right between ahead of the radio controls and before the steering collar. I can see it most of the time but like John said it depends on your sight angle and where the sun is coming from.
Plus it gives me a lot more than just directions and works with blue tooth and my com. system/headset. I don't know about the hood most mention but sometimes if the sun is over my shoulder I just sit upright long enough to put it in shadow and read what I want. I have not done it as yet but you can use it for other forms of travel.
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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

Timely post for me. Trying to decide on next GPS. Not interested in sat radio, so I have narrowed it down to the Nav IV or Zumo 660. I understand they are essentially the same thing. Here are my questions, not planning to steal the thread, originator might gain something here as well.

Is the Zumo 660 the same as the Nav IV, except price and BMW dealer locations?
Does the Nav IV have a 3 year warranty if purchase alone, that is, not with a bike?
What is the best source for pricing?

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Re: GARMIN 660 or 665 readable in sunlight?

I just picked up a zumo 660 from PCNation for just a hair over $600. Even drop tested it off the work bench onto the garage floor while it was charging. Pretty nice unit. Replacing an older 2720.

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