Garmin dezl 570LMT Review
Garmin dezl 570LMT has an average rating of
out of 5
based on 15 user reviews.
With the abundance of options available to truckers in the GPS market today, it is often hard to differentiate between a great piece of equipment and a great waste of money. There are a wide array of helpful features that come standard on most commercial units. The difference lies in the quality and usability of these features. The Dezl 570LMT from Garmin comes with everything professionals expect and a few additional attributes which set it apart from the competition. The aim of this piece is to provide a good picture of what to expect after purchasing one.
Right out of the box the quality workmanship is apparent. The casing is plastic but feels solid and not cheaply constructed. The unit weighs in right at half a pound and feels substantial without seeming heavy. A glass WQVGA True Flat display provides excellent viewing angles and the amply bright white back-light keeps the image visible even in direct sunlight. Battery life is rated at 2 hours give or take a few minutes. This should rarely factor in since included with the unit is a 12v charge cable. Also in the box are an USB cable for connecting to a computer and a suction cup mount for securing the unit while driving. There is a micro SD card slot for additional memory but the card must be purchased separately.
The LMT in the device name denotes lifetime maps and traffic updates. This is welcome news to anyone who has had to pay for map packs in the past. This navigation system comes loaded with up to date maps of North America including Canada and Mexico. The live traffic updates are pretty accurate and can save a ton of time idling by warning drivers of upcoming delays. The up ahead feature makes it easy to find potential points of interest without having to exit from navigation to search. Lane assist and turn by turn directions help allow plenty of time for a large commercial vehicle to maneuver into the correct position and avoid missing turns. On top of this the unit is able to display street level images of the upcoming turn so drivers know exactly what to look for. The system can even be configured for particular truck and load profiles and route accordingly.
Most GPS units designed for truckers come with some type of integrated record keeping. The Dezl 570LMT allows drivers to keep track of more than just miles traveled and time driving. This rich set of features includes maintenance tracking and IFTA reporting. This alone can save hours of time on a long trip by keeping all the relevant information stored and ready for easy recall.
The software in this unit shows a substantial improvement over previous models. Customizable menus and voice command make for an intuitive user experience. This is especially useful when the need to change settings or search for a POI comes up while in motion. As for POIs Garmin’s database of truck stops is searchable by many factors including brand, location, amenities, and fuel price. Garmin also rates nearby points of interest using foursquare to get reviews from other truck drivers. The spoken directions have also been improved to be easier to understand even in noisy environments.
The Dezl 570LMT is a solid unit at a reasonable price. On top of all the standard features this unit is compatible with wireless rearview cameras and offers Bluetooth connectivity allowing it to be paired with smartphones. When connected to a device with mobile data real time weather updates become available. Considering the wide array of features and room for expansion this unit is great choice for drivers who want a Nav unit that is going to last. You can get a great deal on Garmin dezl 570LMT here.
Posted by Chris Odle
I may be slightly biased toward Garmin since I have been using their products for over 8 years, but this is a great unit none the less. Like most things you get what you pay for when it comes to satellite navigation. Some other drivers I know still use the $100 nuvi but the features and routing put the dezl in a whole different league. It consistently gives me better routes than my old Streetpilot ever did.
The pros for this unit are many. The truck profile and custom routing is pretty accurate and performs better than any unit I have used in the past. The reporting and tracking are useful for keeping up with info for paperwork. It has a good screen, loud speaker, and easy to use interface. My favorite thing is the ability to load a variety of third party upgrades from Garmin’s website through my PC.
There are some cons as well. You should always double check the route and keep a watch on clearance warning signs. This is not unique and any unit will require the same common sense checks to get you where you are going. The window mount is not included and many people don’t like the bean bag mount it comes with. I like it for the ease of switching vehicles though. Last the traffic is ad supported so that can get irritating after a while but it is easy enough to turn traffic off.
Final analysis is all positive. This unit has no real issues which are not pretty much universal with nav units and performs better than most. I am more than satisfied with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone who drives for a living.
Posted by Roger
The ability to easily switch between truck, car, and walking modes is nice. I also like the fact that points of interest display contact info along with location. This comes in handy when you are on the road looking for something in particular. The extra cost of the LMT unit is worth it for the lifetime map upgrades. This is the first unit I have had with it and since maps can run upwards of 150 dollars a year, it will save you money in the long run. I wish it had the same map detail as my Garmin Nuvi 760. The 760 would show side streets even when there was no route entered. Knowing what is coming up can definitely save a lot of wear and tear on the brakes. This is why I left my old unit in the local delivery truck for the new driver to use. Truck height doesn’t seem to factor in very much when routing. I drive a flatbed with low loads most of the time and still get warnings even though I set up the load and truck profile. The weight for roads and bridges is great on highways and main roads but I recently found myself on a long wooden bridge out on a back road that was only rated to 40 tons and I was hauling 50. I got no warning from the unit so keep that in mind when you are in the sticks. Overall I really like this unit and am glad I bought it. I would recommend buying some good screen protectors. The cheap ones make it incredibly difficult to get a response from the touch screen and get scratched up really quick.
Posted by WA
I have had this unit for a little while now and I love it. It has a great set of features which are very useful driving a semi coast to coast every week. The hardware is great and the routing software is the best I have used. As with any piece of technology it is not perfect. I have seen so many reviews complaining about routing problems and various things which are more likely user related. These devices were designed to replace maps and even maps are not always correct. This is a professional unit and takes time to understand the features and set up properly. I put roughly 5000 miles a week on mine and it does everything I expect. I know I am not the sole individual that got a working unit. I think most of the bad reviews come from people who either expect too much from the technology (it is not autopilot) or never bothered to read and fully understand the instructions. If you take the time to actually learn how to use it correctly this device will serve you well. I would definitely buy this again.
Posted by Buck Mergler
As I am an avid GPS user, I have tried several makes and models and found the Garmin the best unit overall. I’m leaning towards keeping the 770 LMT as the 570 is a great unit but is a little too small for For my eyesight. Even though the 570 LMT fits the driver corner of the window much better than the 770 LMT. There isn’t too much you can say negative about this unit other than a few little minor details. One of which is when the default voice tells you to change lanes it initially sounds like the woman is on helium and then the voice slows down to a more comfortable understandable and clear sound. The other issue I have is that I got spoiled with the Rand McNally series and fellows GPS is have the city, county, state listed at the bottom of the screen at all times. With the Garmin, you touch the vehicle icon and you get lat long which means absolutely nothing to the average driver and you get the possible next exit or closest exit without any information of where you actually are. I think Garmin should add this feature to allow drivers to know where they actually are. One final thought is that the amount of POI’s that this unit offers is less than what Rand McNally now he has. It also does not allow you to add POI’s manually from the unit. You must know how to do so with a PC or you can add the physical address and name it the POI that you want. overall it is a great unit and if you do not require to have a larger screen would be a definite Best Buy. One other upgrade improvement would be to make the screen 3-D like my Garmin 3790 which is not a truck GPS. The graphics actually gives you the impression of terrain.
Posted by Amos Klein
I looked into buying a good truck-routing GPS system after my Nuvi 465LTM started giving me problems. The Garmin Dezl 570 turned out to be even better than I hoped. A split screen feature saves hassle by helping to review turn-offs that weren’t clearly marked. It also has a larger screen than most comparable products, responsive voice command, and a touch screen for easy navigation of lists. I can highly recommend the Garmin to any truck driver who needs to upgrade their GPS system!
Posted by M hecht
All seems to be fine except the speaker is in the rear of GPS which sends the voice to the windshield instead of forward toward the driver therefore the volume is not loud enough.
Posted by Marcus M.
I like garmin gps’s, I had a 260 lasted 8 years and running. Decided to up date to 570 trucker version. Like it other than the fact that I am a feed hauler in Iowa and drive on alot of county roads and gravel roads and it routes me around on some weird routes. Is there a way to leave in truck mode and take the over the road brain out of it. ??????
Posted by C.R.
I put off getting a GPS system for my truck, figuring it would be better to just access Google Maps from my phone. But that didn’t compare to using a GPS designed for truckers.
I researched several products. Choosing a GPS system is really a matter of personal preference, but the Garmin Dezl 570 had the better graphics and some excellent features, such as advance warning for traffic backups or changes to speed limits. Lane assist, time-to-destination, and birds-eye-view capabilities also are very useful. After traveling halfway across the country with the Garmin, I’m sure I made the right choice.
Posted by Jim Adams
The Garmin Dezl 570LMT works very well for truck drivers. The Garmin could be used as a regular GPS navigation system, but it will take you to truck routes.
Input your truck information and it can guide you to the best route for your vehicle, find nearby rest areas, show previous routes, and do it in several different languages.
As for Garmin’s cons, be sure to keep it charged. It will power off if unplugged, and you may lose your data. Also, you have to hold the power button needlessly long to turn it on again.
Posted by Charles scarvelli
This unit is by far the worst GPS system. Almost a year of complaining that it can’t find addresses that are in 2016 & 2017 street directorys. Will not re route itself, try to lead you around the world when there is an obvious clear route. The device will navigate without a hitch from Addresses it can’t find.i have spoken with IT on so many occasions & they tell me time and time again you must update. I would provide them with addresses that can’t be found & they will type it on the PC’s and tell me they can find it until 8 months later another IT guy how thought outside the box it seems said he will grab an actual dezlcam can try find an address of concern. Sure enough it could not be found. All this time I have been given the run around because they use different map provider on the office PC compared to the crap dezlcam I purchased for approx $800. They will not offer any other assistance apart from place all issues on their link so it can be actioned in the future. After a 70 to 80 hour week, there is no way I will do that on my day off as it’s basically every address I am typing in. Looking to buy now a Navman as all other drivers I work with say they owned the dezlcam and found they had the same issues. iT inform me that my case is the first and have no previous complaints
Posted by Charles scarvelli
Absolute junk. Garmin uses a inferior map provider which is sure to not find addresses & bun steer you around town. Garmin have whipped their hands from the issue & advise I will need to take the issues up with the map provider. As a consumer this is very disappointing. I will never recommend or use a Garmin again. I believe I have been given this response due to the overwhelming complaints. It has been easier to leave their customers without a solution rather then voice my/our complaints with the map provider, get a new map service and email customers to fix issues. Instead it’s just sorry go away
Posted by Big Pete"rbuilt"
Not a bad device in all, although I would have liked to be able to arrange/change the settings/preferences via the computer program. It would have been easy enough for “Garmin” to provide the computer program to make any changes and pre-program ittinaries from the comfort of your home, than download to the GPS. Hope to see it one day.
Posted by Bob
I haven’t a rand 7″ I wanted to throw it out the truck window, always taking me down or trying to take me down residential streets, low bridges, through areas that I did not belong in. Well this dezl does the samething and it reads the wrong speed limits, dead ends you name it. It’s not that ezy to use either. If you don’t want to go down a highway it wants you to try changing the route, no way is that ezy . I think that the voice activation is a neat thing but over all I think I’ll go back to a rand mac gps it’s just easier to use.
Posted by Met uzz
Waste of money and time. 10 minutes ride will be more than hour. I mean it. It drows a big unnecessery U if you check the map. It will even make a detour for truck restriction on major highways like I40 or I80. Weird. Always check the route to make sure. I paid $340 for this junk and still have to fallow my cell phone to get the right direction.
Posted by Tim H yoder
Ok I gave a review awhile back. I had just gotten it and been using it for two weeks. The problem was when you get off the interstate to get fuel and you wanted to go back on the interstate it would get all screwed up. It would send you going the wrong way. Like if you were going south when you came off the interstate it would want to send you North to go back on ,Wow why I do not know. So now I’ve had it for two months. I up dated the software and maps via computer. It’s better getting you back on the interstate. However twice now, and right now as I text is twice. I come out of Baltimore via I-70 and you come into Breezewood, Pennsylvania and you come to the stop sign and you need to turn right to put you back on I-70 the Garmin is telling me to turn left. Breezewood intersection has been around forever. Who is mapping this thing because it does little stupid stuff like that. That is just one example of stupid off the route stuff it does. I don’t even want to begin to tell you where it all took me through Baltimore today but I just have to laugh about it right now but I tell you what an adventure. Google Apollo warehouse Baltimore and check the Google map out before you ever go in there with any GPS.
Posted by Tim H yoder
Ok I’ve had enough with Garmin 570 lmt. I’m throwing in the towel. I’ve updated the software and the maps and I believe it’s a hoax. It’s not doing any updates. I run through Atlanta at 2am or any major city, nobody around no traffic and the stupid gps is telling me there’s allot of traffic on my route. I believe the GPS has been programmed just to say that when you come to a major city. It took me sight seeing today through town. I had some real tight turns to make on the sight seeing adventure it put me through. When I finally got out of the sightseeing adventure I stopped to see what in the world was going on. I got out my Atlas and Google maps and I could’ve easily gotten back on a major interstate but the GPS has me go all through town turning here and turn there. I’m going to get the Rand McNally 740. I’ve talked to a few drivers and they have that one and really like it.
Posted by Tim H Yoder
I went back to use the useless Garmin Dezl 570 lmt since I did waste my money on it and I feel guilty for wasting my money. Thought I try to get my money’s worth. Now I’m in K.C. Missouri at the Isle Capri casino, no I don’t gamble, just there for the parking, and I need to get a load in K.C. Kansas at GNB Industrial power. It’s only 10 miles away. The Garmin routed me through the residential district past public schools, I mean absolutely ridiculous. GNB won’t be ready for me because they are under-staffed and I’m not allowed to wait on premises. So I used Google maps to send me right back to Isle Capri casino. Google maps put me on a truck route and it was the fastest or quickest route and it was so easy. I agree with Charles Scarvelli’s post Garmin Dezl is absolute junk. You drivers that like this Garmin junk I’ll sell you mine. If DOT goes to the electronic log book you definitely don’t want the Garmin. It’ll take you hours out of route which you cannot afford to do.
Posted by Rick Madlon
I had this unit to replace my 560 and I should have kept my 560 . The 570 will take round about ways not making any sense. I have to use my iPhone to find addresses the 570 can’t find. I’m going to wait for the reviews on the dezl 580 and see if it’s any good. Updating the dezl 570 doesn’t work for getting a good route. You’ll be questioning the dezl 570 routings quite a bit. It still doesn’t give me all the truck stops. I’ve been surprised a few times when I pass by a major truck stop that this unit doesn’t even show. If the dezl 580 gets any bad reviews I’ll try to find another 560. Pass on the dezl 570.
Posted by Rohr Harrison
Garbage. Updates are cumbersome, tedious, and almost always a failure. Even after updates the system fails; takes you off of i95, i495, etc to goat paths… when these highways and bridges are perfectly fine for tractor trailers. Don’t buy Garmin. Junk… pure junk. 2 year user of the system.
Posted by JGL
Do not waste your money on buying this GPS if you are driving a truck doing oversized loads.
Oversized loads must go down routes that are determined by whichever state being traveled.
This GPS trip planning feature is defective. When trying to plan a route using the trip planner you are supposed to be able to use Browse Map to find the destination. After you enter the start location and if you are lucky you may be able to find the next turn on the road. When trying to add the next location or turn, Garmin cannot find intersections or hwys that have been in existence forever. The browse feature takes you all the way back out to the start location instead of taking you to the most recent destination making it difficult to find where you left off. There is no indication on the map of any of the destinations that you have entered into a trip except for the original starting location. Then if you try and search by browsing map or using the find intersection feature, you are not able to find most of the intersections and not even US Hwys. This makes this unit worthless if you are driving a truck with oversized loads.
Posted by John Rhodes
I like this unit but there a couple of issues. 1st there are alot of truckstop that are not listed. I might be able to understand JOES diesel and hotdog stand but not pilot flying j and TA. When I contacted them they told me there wasn’t enough memory to list them all. 2nd my traffic quit working, the message said I had the wrong cord plugged in and that traffic was disconnected. A friend of mine has the same issue. When I contacted Garmin they told me to send them a $100.00 and they would swap mine out. It would be nice if the traffic worked but I’m not paying 100.00 for it.
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