Screen Size7.0 /10
Battery Life4.0 /10
Processor Speed7.0 /10
Ease of Use9.0 /10
- 5-Inch Screen Size
- Free Life Time Map Updates
- Smart Link
- Fast Processor
- Great Interface
- No Pin Number Lock
- Average Internal Speak
- Average Traffic Updates
- Limited Points of Interest Database
- Average Voice Command
- Easy-to-use Touchscreen Interface with Fast, Accurate Operations.
- Garmin “Real Directions” with Garmin “Real Voice” allowing for better instructions
- Bird’s Eye Junction views help to ease the difficulty in interchanges
- Screen displays to show nearby services including restaurants, ATM’s and petrol stations.
- Slim mount attached for easy view and less distraction
- 2 Hour Battery Life
- Life-Time subscription to Map Updates.
Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT Review
The Garmin Nuvi 2597 is the best mid-range Car Based GPS on the market right now. Yes of course there are better models on the market for more money, but for a Car GPS for under $200 you cannot get a better device. The GPS is fast, accurate, has a great interface and useful features to help you direct yourself from one location to the next.
The Garmin comes standard with active lane guidance, which uses a map animation and voice prompts to help you navigate better when entering complex interchanges. The interface also allows for a slide out menu system which can be used to get a list of up and coming gas stations or ATM’s, or provide information such as you current speed or the highway speed limit.
The 2597LMT has a 5-inch display that has good brightness and allows for good viewing for a fixed car GPS screen. The 5-inch screen is easy to read but could do with a little more constrast and a screen resolution.
The 2597 has an internal 8GB memory from new, however after the maps are installed and updated this leaves a little more than 1GB of further memory for extra maps, however you can easily increase the memory storage for further maps with the use of a microSD card. The fast processer ensures that the device starts up quickly when switch off, and almost instantly when in sleep mode. The fast processer also ensure the GPS finds the needed satellites quickly.
As with most of the newer Garmin Car GPS, the 2597LMT has free lifetime map updates which gives you the ability to update the map up to 4 times a year for the whole of the devices lifespan, therefore stopping you from getting caught out with new roads or street modifications.
The interface is clear and nice designed ensuring that everything is lade out practically and logically within the menu. Its easy to look up addresses either by typing in the whole address in one go or by searching using town and streets and the predictive text works well by greying out letters that are unavailable as you type.
The built in speaker is good, but its not perfect and you defiantly cannot listen to the driving instructions and have the car roof-top down or the windows down. This also applies to the voice-control function which does work well however you need to make sure that there is little or no background noise and you have not placed your GPS device too far away from you otherwise you’re going to have to shout. The voice control makes sense as it means that you don’t have to take your hands of the wheel or your concentration off the road to enter an address into the device.
The live traffic updates which used to only be seen in the premium models are now free in this model. The service uses Bluetooth to connection to your smartphone and access the internet to update real-time traffic info. This system works well, however is not perfect and I have been stuck in traffic jams that the GPS device did not pick up until I was stuck for a while. With nearly all of the mid-to-premium Garmin GPS’s, a smartphone link is available which can connection your smartphone to your GPS device allowing you not only to sync your mobile to the GPS device for hands-free calling, but also guide you back to the location of your car.
The 2597LMT is one the first GPS devices to feature Garmin’s new “real voice” technology and therefore it works well but its not perfect as the database is still quite small and therefore not all landmarks have been added to the system. The ‘real voice’ function directs you by referring you to landmarks and road features for direction. As an example, rather than saying, “in 200 feet turn left, the real voice technology will say, after the petrol station turn left”. The voice is also much more natural and nicer to listen too than in previous models. One slight problem that I found with this GPS takes place a roundabouts where the device just gives you the exit number whereas it would easier to get more of a direction – “take the third exit, which actually translates into going straight even though I was expecting to turn right”
In navigation mode, the screen in clear and graphics allow you to easily follow the directions. The satellite function also works well by giving you a birds eye view of what to expect in any difficult junction or intersections. The navigation mode also allows you to see speed limits, speed warning and speed camera alters which have been pre-loaded and are updateable.
This is the first of the mid-range model’s to feature one of Garmin’s new compact suction mounts which is one of the biggest complaints from the older models that featured these huge bulky mounts that could not be used or stored.
- 5-inch screen is perfect to view and is small enough to carry it around.
- GPS run very fast and the interface is easy to use.
- The Smart Link works well and easily connects to my smartphone.
- Free Lifetime Map Updates
- MicroSD card allow you to increase the memory space
- Interface shows both your current speed and the road speed limit.
- School Zones are announced with a bell noise to alert you to your speed.
- Default Voice to clear and pleasant to listen to.
- Cannot be locked with a 4-digit pin, like some older models.
- Speaker heavily distorts when you increase the volume past the 85 mark.
- The Live traffic updates work well, but are not always accurate.
- Limited database for attractions, parks and other points of interest.
- Only one smartphone at a time can be linked to the GPS.
- The voice command randomly activate to loud music or people talking.