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Garmin dezl 560LMT Review

Overall Rating
3.8/5
 
Garmin dezl 560LMT has an average rating of 3.75 out of 5 based on 12 user reviews.

GarminDezl560LMT

Vendor Price
Walmart $269.99
TheGPSStore $269.99
BestBuy $299.99



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.

Key Features

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. You can get a great deal on Garmin dezl 560LMT here.

 
 
 Garmin dezl 560LMTRand McNally TND 530WorldNav 5300
GarminDezl560LMTRandMcNallyTND530WorldNav5300
Screen Size5 inch5 inch5 inch
Screen Resolution480 x 272 pixels640 x 480 pixels800 x 480 pixels
Live Traffic UpdatesYesRequires SubscriptionNo
Free Lifetime Map UpdatesYesYesYes
Lane GuidanceYesYesYes
Junction ViewYesYesYes
MSRP$269.99$299.99$179.99
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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

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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.

Updates

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.

Pros

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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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

User Reviews

Posted by SoTxTrucker

  • 5/5
5

This unit is a must-have for anybody delivering to unfamiliar locations. It gives traffic info, fuel prices, prevents from using restricted roads, gives the correct lane ahead of time. The only thing it can’t do is drive the truck for me.

Posted by Russ

  • 3/5
3

I haul gasoline so I can’t use hazmat restricted roads. I bought Garmin dezl 560 and configured class 3 flammable liquid in my profile. Even with that setting this GPS occasionally directed me on roads that I shouldn’t be on. The screen is great and it’s a very nice GPS from the build quality perspective but I needed something that will give me correct routes so I replaced with Rand McNally. So far RM routing has been accurate.

Posted by Northern Flash

  • 3/5
3

This was the second of three GPS units I have tried in the past two weeks. First I decided to give a 7” Cobra a go. The touch screen was all but useless and it couldn’t route to the first three places I managed to enter. I returned it immediately. I have had a couple of Garmin Nuvis in the past and loved them for my car. I figured the dezl would be just as good. As far as the interface and detail it was everything I was expecting. The problem came when I was trying to route for hazmat safe roads. Despite having my profile set up correctly it would still route me through restricted zones. It even routed me through a small town where I narrowly dodged a thousand dollar fine. The other thing it falls short on is bridge clearances and finding out of the way addresses. I deliver gas so finding small stations is a part of my everyday routine. After the near miss with the fine and getting frustrated I decided to return it and try a Rand McNally TND. So far it is doing well routing but traffic is not included. I will review it once I have had it a little longer.

Posted by Big Dave

  • 3/5
3

This is a good unit but could still stand some improvements in the software. Switching between car and truck modes will not automatically reroute. You must clear it out and reenter your destination after changing modes to get the correct route. There is no RV routing mode even though you can select RV as a vehicle. It simply routes you along truck lanes and doesn’t allow overwriting of the route. Garmin suggested routing in both truck and car modes and switching between the two as a workaround. My biggest disappointment is that it is not compatible with Mapsource, Garmin’s mapping software, like my nuvi was. I like being able to download maps and routes to my computer and edit them there rather than on the unit’s touch screen. The POI database is very good and has most anything you would be looking for. Overall the hardware is great but the software still needs some refining.

Posted by Local Driver

  • 4/5
4

This is a solid unit all around. It has a nice loud speaker that is easy to hear as long as it is plugged in and not on battery. There are occasional routing mistakes and poor quality maps in a few areas but this is true no matter which company you go with. The dezl has the lowest number of these bad spots of any unit I have used. I have had this one for two years and driven over 14000 miles with it. The alert beep kicks in at 5 over the speed limit and is quite accurate. It also warns of upcoming hazards such as sharp turns, grades, and low clearances. As with the routing it is important to keep an eye out for clearance signs on the road as the unit is not always right. I would like it better if it would just speak the warning and eliminate the need to look over and click on it to see what is actually coming up. This is a relatively minor thing though and something they could easily fix with a software update.
The point of interest database is very thorough if a bit slow to search on the go. It would be nice to be able to search by destination for points of interest rather than by current location. Other than those tweaks the only problems I have had with it were occasional overheating when left on the dash in the sun and it has frozen up once or twice. That is not bad for two years though and even when it freezes up I just had to hold the power button till it reset. Powering back up is a bit slow if you are moving and need the directions immediately so I recommend pulling over if it happens near a turn. All in all this is a good product that I am happy with

Posted by American Trucker

  • 5/5
5

I love this GPS. Garmin has never let me down before and this is no exception. We picked this up for our motor home due to the customizable vehicle profile. Once I entered the specifications it was ready to go and able to give me a route with no worries. The points of interest are also dependent on the type of vehicle you enter which is great when you are looking for a place you can park or hook up to for the night. The speed limit function has always been spot on so far and comes in handy when you turn off on a road and one isn’t listed for miles. The absolute best part of this particular model is lifetime map updates and traffic. There are ads to support the traffic but saving all the money on subscription services and map packs is worth it. And if the ads get annoying you can turn off the traffic. I whole heartedly recommend this unit to any serious driver.

Posted by Coolec78

  • 1/5
1

Pros: nicely build

Cons:
1. Nebraska 40 ton weight limit on i80. Takes you off highway even if you set it for 72000 pounds.
2. Try Corunna mi 48817. Cant find city.
3. Took me countless times under low bridge, weight limit, no trucks, etc.
4. Once in Baltimore beetwen exits “exit the highway and go off road”.
5. When IFTA log is full cannot calculate the road.
6. Il 171 in Chicago is good for truck but for some reason it sees it as no truck and makes you exit on 22 st which is 5 tons weight limit.
7. Customer service – plain i***ts. When u ask them question, they type it in computer and check FAQ. 8. I could say much more…

Posted by Jim wilson

  • 4/5
4

My first GPS was a RM TND 500, upgraded to a reconditioned 510 as a lifetime map update when the 500 didn’t have enough memory for the next download. It still works, sort of, more on that in a minute. About 1.5 year ago I decided that I should have a spare unit, as $300 would be a major hit to the family budget. I started banking my Love’s points and got the Dezl560 about a year ago. So what follows is a one year side by side comparison.
Processor speed: 560 smokes the 510, but that’s to be expected. New RMs will be faster of course.
Navigation: they seldom pick the same route, but that’s OK. I can still read a map! On any given day, either one can recommend something ludicrous! A GPS is a tool, same as a hammer. The hammer doesn’t give a rat’s rear end if it hits the nail or your thumb! Ditto the GPS. Just yesterday the RM got “lost” going around Charlotte NC, while the Garmin knew where the “new” bypass was. Both have recent updates. On the other hand, the RM knows the street level truck routes in New York City, the Garmin is effectively useless. This is true in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Display: Garmin shows what Interstate signs actually look like, not the RM kinda sort of. Zoom feature of Garmin is clunky, not intuitive like RM. RM shows more usable info at once, e.g. miles to destination and arrival time, Garmin you gotta switch by hand.
Points of Interest: RM destroys Garmin. G only has big truck stops, RM had the mom and pop’s too. RM info shows city, exit number, etc. when you search. Garmin clunky in other ways by my thinking.
So what? My 510 didn’t complete the last map download, missing Michigan and parts of Indiana and Wisconsin. RMsays hardware problem at connector because it won’t connect to website anymore. Not worth $100 plus shipping to fix. Saving my Love’s points for a RM 5″ or maybe a 7″ this time. BUT: if/when the Garmin dies, my next spare will be a Garmin, because of the Navigation evaluation that I started with: you just never know…
Also, who knows what Garmin will fix/improve in the interim.

Posted by jjmac49

  • 3/5
3

The 560 has told me to exit the interstate make a few turns then put me back on the same interstate it told me to exit.! I upgraded to the latest maps before using the unit so maybe the old map and routing was the best. Not at all happy with the 560.

Posted by Jeff Mac

  • 5/5
5

I took a gamble on this as a gift for my husband, since he runs his own trucking company. Turns out I made the right choice – he loves it! It records his miles driven, how much fuel he uses, and automatically computes how much mileage he gets per gallon. He has told me about a lot of other features that are just too many to list. This is great for anyone who has to track these things for a business to make the taxman happy. He says it takes a lot of the headaches out of his driving. He was not exactly surprised by the 560; he’s mentioned it after talking to trucker friends, so it wasn’t a secret. But it’s been truly satisfying for someone who needs a GPS every day.

Posted by Nathan S

  • 5/5
5

I’ve been using my Garmin 560 for over a week, and while nothing is perfect, I can honestly say it’s the best GPS I’ve had yet. I’m a commercial trucker, and even the 560 at times will take you off the beaten track for no reason, but if you don’t have some common sense you shouldn’t use a GPS. I opted for a five-inch screen instead of the larger seven-inch, but it’s still very clear and I have no regrets. Volume level is great. So far, I’m very glad I bought one of these.

Posted by Justin

  • 4/5
4

I think reviews should get to the point, so here it is: the 560 does exactly what it’s supposed to do. I’ve been using it for months on my routes. I live in Ohio but drive all over VA, WV, NC, KY, IN, IL, IA, and frequently into MN. It doesn’t work perfectly every time and everywhere, but it gets me where I’m going. It also has a lot of good features beyond GPS. I especially like the “trucking” mode that tells me quickly when I can expect the next truck stop, rest area, or weigh station. It will even tell if a place is big enough for my rig. Basically, it was well worth the money I spent, and that’s really all that counts.

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