Garmin Nuvi 1340 Widescreen Sat Nav
Garmin are one of the leading sat nav brands and the Nuvi 1340 is in essence just a continuation of the previously successful line. The thing we like most about the Nuvi 1340 is its ease of use; a complete novice could get to grips with the device in less than five minutes. This is thanks to the large screen size and simply laid-out menus which allow for quick and easy setup.
There is great improvement on the previous models when it comes to satellite tracking. The device finds the satellites quickly and effortlessly allowing the driver to get on with their journey without delay. Furthermore the unit recalculates the route quicker than any other device we have tested in case you take a wrong turn.
The large widescreen is perhaps the best feature of this product in our opinion, however. It allows for the user to quickly and easily check where to go without distracting from the driving experience. The screen is of a good quality and text can easily be read in both bright daylight and at night. On top of this, the device is the thinnest yet in the series, allowing for easy mounting and transportation of the sat nav.
All of these features make the device brilliant for someone who doesn’t need anything too fancy. However, it is unfair to say that the Garmin Nuvi 1340 doesn’t pack any extra features in the box. The device is able to detect speed cameras as well as providing innovative features such as a PIN lock and being able to calculate the most fuel-efficient route.
To top it all off, maps for 22 European countries a built-in to the device; truly a godsend for anyone who has had to update a sat nav to go travelling through Europe.
There are, however, some criticisms to be levelled at the device. Firstly some have reported difficult in entering addresses when you are not sure of the postcode. This becomes a particular problem when you wish, for example, to just go to the high street of a town. Furthermore, by buying the Garmin Nuvi range you must be aware that you will be tied into the ecosystem meaning that you may be charged by Garmin for updates and add-ons for your device.
Despite this, we still believe the great price (less than £100 on Amazon) makes the Garmin Nuvi 1340 a great choice which will be more than satisfactory for the average user.