Things You Should Know Before Buying Garmin Drivesmart 61

Garmin DriveSmart 61 is a good choice if you are looking for a navigational device. Boasting a sleek design, this GPS device will never give you a feel of holding a bulky unit.

Gone are the days of button mashing and resistive screens as now, with Garmin DriveSmart 61, you not only get assurance of good performance, but the device itself looks fairly decent when attached to the windscreen.

Unfortunately, this device comes with a socket mount or plastic ball that to some extent, dulls its premium looks. Seemingly, a magnetic mount would have suited this stylish device in a better way.

Things You Should Know Before Buying Garmin Drivesmart 61

Let’s have a detailed look of its design and features.


Having a height of 7 inches, Garmin DriveScreen 61 gives you the freedom to conveniently use its widescreen display screen. Moreover, Garmin has cut out the plastic border by reducing the bezel; thereby giving you a stretched screen up to the edge.

There are only two options on the display screen: View Map and Where To? So, this means, just by starting to type in the destination on the impressively large screen of your device, you would immediately get several options to choose from.

In case your destination is completely new, there is no need to become panic as your new Drive Smart 61 comes with the Wi-Fi facility. Thus, you can now easily download new maps or update the old ones in no time.

However, for an instant traffic update, Garmin utilizes DAB to update, which makes it a little old-fashioned. Also, since its receiver is in the cigarette lighter charger cable, it apparently restricts the same to connect other things with the charger.


Though user interface is simple yet effective; those, who are used to TomTom and Google Maps may find it a bit difficult in the first go.

Furthermore, depends on your choice of model, this premium sat nav device comes with updated US or Europe maps. Moreover, any information which is specific to the map appears on the right side of the screen. This means you can see traffic build-ups and how much time is left to reach the destination by a mere glance. Even, you can choose for alternative routes if you want to stay away from jam-packed roads. Additionally, at the bottom of the map, the device displays useful information like your speed and time of arrival.

Another advantage of this device is that it has the facility of hands-free calling, which allows you to directly take a call through your Sat Nav unit. So, whenever you get a call, the GPS device displays the caller ID on the right side along with the facility to hang up on the caller.

Considering both the aspects, we can now conclude that Garmin Drivesmart 61 is a pricey device, but still one of the most stylish and feature-packed GPS device available out there in the market.


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