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Overall, I decided that the Garmin NuMaps was probably one of the most cost effective software i have ever purchased. Little Price, Simple Code and easy to use software to update my Garmin. What more could you ask for?
I have recently reviewed quite a lot of Garmin sat nav systems. Alot of people have been contacting me to find out the best and most efficient way to update their Garmin unit. I had to look into this and in doing so, i managed to stumble across the Garmin NuMaps Lifetime Map Update for UK and Europe.
The Garmin NuMaps cover the whole of the UK, ROI and Western Europe which includes detailed maps of major metropolitan areas in Europe, including motorways, national and regional thoroughfares and local roads.
Other possible ways of updating the Garmin units are with subscriptions with Garmin themselves but this would cost up to £80 a year. I found this to be quite expensive considering most of the Nuvi’s are around that price anyway. However, when I came across these Garmin NuMaps, I found that they did alot more for you than want a single map update would do, and worked out to be nearly half the price. These Range from £48.34 to £90! The cheapest i found to be was Lemon Digital. So £48.34 for mapping for the lifetime of your system. Not Bad?
Whats In the Box
This is what you get in the box:
1 x Gift Card with Unique Map Update Code
Upon ordering the product I had to check whether or not it was compatible with the Nuvi 770. So I contacted Garmin and they confirmed that it is compatible with the Whole Garmin Nuvi, Zumo, Streetpilot and Quest range!
Here’s an Image of what I received:
In My opinion its quite a big packaging considering its only protecting a credit card sized gift card with a small unique code on the back. However, I paid for the code not that packaging so that’s what I am going to review.
On the reverse of the package there was a brief explanation from Garmin just confirming what models were compatible with the code. Furthermore, there was also a link for me to go to if I had any problems or needed more information.
Opening the Package
Upon opening the package I found the card to be a bit like a scratch card. The code being on the back. The back of the card tells you exactly how to set up your Garmin Map Update and what links to go to. Once I scratched off the back and revealed my code I had to activate the card with the URL given. Here I had to create a username, password and type in the product key from the back of the card. Once this was set up I was able to update my system easily enough.
Updating your System
To use NuMaps Lifetime, all you need is your Garmin device, your computer and a USB cable. “There are no monthly fees or continuing maintenance costs”. To update my maps all I had to do was connect my device to the computer and log into my “myGarmin” account, where the latest map data was ready to install. It gave me a list of countries that I wanted to be updated and I just chose which ones I wanted and away it went. It took me 3 Hours to update the system, but I was in no rush and paying just £48 I wasn’t fussed.
Overall, I decided that the Garmin NuMaps was probably one of the most cost effective software I have ever purchased. Little Price, Simple Code and easy to use software to update my Garmin. What more could you ask for?