Review of Garmin 5-inch 56LMT GPS specs

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 13, 2014

This is the Garmin 5-inch 56LMT nuvi GPS with lifetime maps and traffic information that aims to offer enough insight, so you need this rather than cell phone type apps for navigation. Within this article we will offer a quick Garmin 5-inch 56LMT GPS review of the main specs and some insight from consumers who left online ratings.

While it’s true that most smartphones can offer you turn-by-turn navigation, for some it’s the full screen dedicated GPS that’s needed while driving. The main Garmin 56LMT GPS specs include a 5-inch WQVGA color TFT display with a white backlight for optimal viewing, the screen features 480×272 pixels, up to 2 hours battery life making the need for in-car power essential long trips, and the device measurements at 5.5-inches wide, 3.4-inches in height, and only 0.8-inches deep.

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The main features include an easy-to-use GPS guidance that doesn’t rely on cellular signals, so this means those black spots don’t stop your navigation when driving. You’ll also find the spoken turn-by-turn directions detailed to you clearly on the 5-inch display, and this is also aided by voice during navigation to make sure you don’t miss a turn.

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Consumer reviews for the Garmin 5-inch 56LMT GPS – in terms of user feedback, we have seen an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 on the likes of Amazon. This reveals those people that purchased this product love it and while some were disappointed, the majority think the Garmin 5-inch 56LMT GPS is excellent.

Positive points include a display that’s really easy to read, a device that’s very reliable and well built, and one user that logged over 1,500 miles using this GPS said it works “perfectly every time”. There’s a few negative points, but they are not common and one problem spoke about the device “not finding all the points of interest”.

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The nuvi 56LMT also features a dual-orientation screen, which allows it to be placed vertically or horizontally. The detailed preloaded maps that come with this system cover Canada and the United States, which gain updates for the devices lifetime. You will also find free lifetime traffic avoidance included with no subscription cost.

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As you can see from the image above, this particular GPS system benefits from easy searching for addresses and millions of points of interest. You can find the official Garmin 56LMT GPS owner’s manual right here on the official website along with other PDF documents you might find useful for this model.

Price – normally you can expect to pay around $169 for the Garmin 56LMT GPS, but considering Black Friday deals will arrive soon you should wait until these popular sales. Product Reviews readers have tipped us they’ve seen this device in ads at the like of Costco and some even said Best Buy, so make sure you shop around during sales later this month rather than purchasing just now.

In the box you should find the Garmin nuvi 56LMT GPS device, a USB cable, vehicle suction cup mount as you see within one of the images above, a quick start manual, and a vehicle power cable that doubles as a lifetime traffic antenna. This GPS certainly makes an ideal gift for this holiday period.

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