Garmin has made dezl 560LMT extremely easy-to-use, highly customizable and accurate for truckers driving across America, Canada and Mexico. If you find yourself constantly stuck in traffic, dead ending on restricted highways or simply wishing you had a more intuitive GPS device, then read this review to find out how this device can change the way you drive.
One of the most notable new features of the dezl 560 is its 5-inch, easy-to-read screen. This latest device from Garmin uses widescreen technology and is formatted to display 480 pixels x 272 pixels, which means that you can always see even the smallest details on the screen. This improved display is highly visible during both daytime driving and during the night. The large on-screen buttons and menus make it easy to quickly navigate or adjust a route when you’re on the go. The menu layout is easy to understand and makes it easy to use the device right out of the box. The device comes with a sturdy mount, which ensures your truck GPS will stay firmly attached to your dashboard or windshield.
|Garmin dezl 560LMT||Rand McNally TND 530||WorldNav 5300|
|Screen Size||5 inch||5 inch||5 inch|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 272 pixels||640 x 480 pixels||800 x 480 pixels|
|Live Traffic Updates||Yes||Requires Subscription||No|
|Free Lifetime Map Updates||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Beyond the standard features, the 560LMT comes equipped with many top-of the line additional features that make this device stand out from other truck GPS on the market. One of the features many truckers like the most is the Garmin’s smart route technology. Upon start up you will be prompted to fill out a driver profile where you will key the specs of your truck, such as the height, weight, width and maximum load per axle. You can also program the number of trailers you are hauling, any restrictions or hazardous materials requirements, and set preferences, such as avoid toll roads, find the quickest route, and avoid highways. Once you have used your 560 several times the devices uses myTrends technology, which adjusts your routes based upon your past driving preferences. If you’ve avoid congested highways on your past routes, your Garmin device will automatically begin searching for the best routes to avoid traffic in the future.
Options and Accessories
The unit comes standard with several useful accessories. The system comes with a USB cord that allows you to add pictures, music and movies to the device. It also comes with a dashboard mount, and dashboard disc. However, the unit does not come standard with a windshield suction cup or screen protector, but these can be purchased for an additional price.
One of the great benefits of the new 560LMT model is that is comes with lifetime updates for maps and traffic. This ensures that your device is always up-to-date and has accurate highways restrictions and speed limits. However, if you do a lot of rural driving, or are looking for highly detailed maps of a specific area you may want to consider purchasing additional map upgrades from the manufacturer. The device itself has no additional upgrades at the time, as all the premium features come standard with the 560LMT model.
Highly customizable settings – The 560LMT goes beyond other GPS devices in the level of personalization it allows. Not only can you input your truck’s dimensions and any restrictions, but you can also personalize routes based upon your tractor/trailer number, your odometer output and your gross weight. You can even select what you would like displayed on your route and map screen. The dezl 560LMT offers 3D views of any route if you would like a better visualization of your course. You can also choose between displaying speed limits, lane assist guides and route information.
Offers multi-designation routing and detour routes – As many of you know, a delivery is often not as simple as driving from Point A to Point B, oftentimes you have to make several stops in-between, and sudden changes in weather conditions, traffic and road closings can make it necessary to alter a route on-the-go. The unit allows you to program multiple destinations and stop points. This makes it easy for you to navigate to a truck stop you are familiar with, a weigh station or even drop off loads at multiple destinations; stop wasting your time reprogramming routes and destinations!
Driver log – Make filling out your driver’s log a breeze. The Garmin dezl 560LMT accurately tracks your driving time, as well as on-duty, off-duty and sleeper time.
Find nearby amenities – If you need to make a sudden rest stop break, or are in need or maintenance this unit allows you to quickly and easily search for nearby addresses and amenities without affecting your programmed route. Upon command, your Garmin will show you nearby truck stops and also list off the amenities they have on-site, including showers, repair shops and weigh scales.
Loud speakers – You will be sure to hear all navigational cues over traffic and the radio, thanks to Garmin’s extra loud speakers on the 560LMT. The volume on the device can be adjusted, and different languages can be selected. Most likely you will never need to turn up the volume all the way, and the clear audio quality is great for hearing all commands even in bad weather and construction zones.
Poor Bluetooth audio quality – While the device does have built-in, hands-free Bluetooth capabilities, the technology is not on par with some other systems. You can make hands-free phone calls, as well as transmit voice directions to any Bluetooth receiver, but the audio is very quiet and sometimes choppy.
No on-screen zoom display – This unit allows you to zoom in-and-out of map views, as well turn off 3D display; but there is no on-screen zoom display to show you how zoomed-in, or zoomed-out you are. Sometimes this can throw off your perspective and also make it hard to switch back and forth between different zoom displays.
Overall, the Garmin dezl 560LMT is one of the best navigation systems currently on the market. Garmin has included the latest in navigation in this sleek truck GPS.