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Garmin dēzlCam 785 Review

Overall Rating
4.2/5
 
Garmin dēzlCam 785 has an average rating of 4.17 out of 5 based on 6 user reviews.
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The recently introduced Garmin dezlCam 785 was created with the professional big rig driver in mind. In addition to coming equipped with navigation abilities, the Garmin also features a built-in dash cam to record and store your routes along the way. Loaded with features, the 785 is a valuable tool for truckers to have at their disposal.

Customize Routes

The many navigation tools of dezlCam 785 include the maps that provide detailed notifications and warnings found on major roadways. The much-needed information may include bridge heights, sharp curves and steep curves. Drivers need to simply enter the height, weight, length and width of the vehicle and trailer along with the type of load carried. The unit then provides truckers with the best routes available depending on the size and weight of the truck. In the event that trailer sizes vary, simply modify the settings with a simple push of the button.

When in need of driving directions, the dezlCAM 785 provides verbal instructions through the powerful speakers. The volume ensures directions are clearly heard and understand despite road noise. Drivers also get visual turn-by-turn instructions thanks to the full-color seven-inch display screen.

Plan Breaks

Along each route, the Garmin makes it easy for truckers to locate ATMs, food, fuel, lodging, showers and rest areas. The device is also handy when needing to find a place to park for the night. When unexpected mishaps occur, the Garmin’s truck and trailer service directory contains more than 30,000 locations offering repair services throughout North America. At a glance, truckers also see when service stations remain open after hours.

A convenient log enables users to document service dates and repairs. The log also makes it easy to keep track of a truck’s information including fluid and tire changes, tire pressure and mileage.

Wi-Fi Equipped

Keeping maps and Garmin software up to date is easy thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi. Truckers automatically receive notifications when updates become available. Merely use the controls on the Wi-Fi screen and get the upgrades needed to ensure the dezlCam provides the latest available information.

Bluetooth Capable

Link a Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to the Garmin and enjoy hands-free calling via the incorporated microphone and speakers. Truckers may also receive notifications of incoming calls, texts, app alerts and other information.

Dash Cam Benefits

The dezlCam 785 continually records and stores information pertaining to the travel route. Use the GPS overlay to monitor date, time and speed. The cam is an easy way to verify information when collisions or other situations occur. The data can then be downloaded to a mobile device to review or share the footage. The camera is also easily removed from the mount when needing to take still images.

In addition to recording travel time, sensors in the dash cam provide drivers with forward collision and lane departure warnings via audio and visual alerts.

Fleet Monitoring

The Garmin additionally comes equipped with a truck monitoring system that enables fleet owners and operators the convenience of easily tracking vehicles. Send text messages or other communications when needed to provide delivery addresses or other notifications.

User Reviews

Posted by S.A. Palmer

  • 3/5
3

For starters, the Garmin Express and update software took a couple of reboots on my PC before it would finish installing. Then when I added the camera, it had to reboot a few more times.

I didn’t get into screen saver mode as expected, so some directions were lost. It would also be nice if they came up with a flexible cigarette lighter plug so the unit didn’t stick out so far. Some of the submenus don’t seem right, for instance screen saver mode is under Display rather than Battery. Also when sorting gas stations, you have to go into Trucks, Truckstops, or Maintenance. My expectation was that you could simply go to Gas and they’d list the stations, but no…

So I’m wondering if my new 785 was worth the price. That being said, it does a good job of warnings for dangerous curves or speed changes, which is a feature I like. And the magnetic munt also works great.

Posted by FWK

  • 4/5
4

Very good trucker’s GPS. The Wi-Fi is terrific; it’s nice that you can update the software without having to use a laptop. One problem I do have is that neither the 770 or 7805 show weigh stations. It does show plenty of other upcoming issues, like railroad crossings if your hauling Hazmat. In fact, there are notifications I don’t really need.

I don’t know about the mapping in the lower 48, but here in Alaska I keep getting routed through roundabouts that a big truck can’t use or roads that don’t exist anymore.

I may be too hard on Garmin; it’s probably one of the finest GPS units out there, but they really need to update ALL their information.

Posted by chris

  • 5/5
5

Excellent GPS unit. It has one of the best screens I’ve seen, absolutely cyrstal clear. And even greasy fingerprints wipe right off. The Garmin runs the Android OS very smoothly and offers a lot of premium features. The GPS itself feels solid and well-made. So far I have no complaints about the accuracy of the routing and maps. The Garmin is replacing my old Tomtom Trucker and there’s a huge improvement in quality. This new version is even better than the dezl 770 I tried. Good work, Garmn!
It is a pretty hefty unit; I had to buy a bean bag mount because there just wan’t space to mount it on the windshield of my F250. If you’re buying this as a professional trucker, you’re good to go, but if you’ve got a small truck buy a smaller GPS.

Posted by Thomas Wynn

  • 4/5
4

I did have some trouble with the software right off the bat, as I posted earlier. It looks like the GPS unit itself is fine. However, it doesn’t come with the SD card so you need to buy one before you even start installing 7 GB worth of software and map updates. I managed to get the software installed, but the mapping update still fails even over fast Wi-Fi or straight from PC.

On the positive side, the unit is super well-constructed, you can drop it on the floor without it missing a beat, and both the magnetic and suction mounts work very well. Also I like that the Android app feels very familiar and simple to use.

Posted by jh

  • 5/5
5

We’ve used the device to log over 1,000 miles of IFTA and IRP driving. The GPS logged all the major routes and the unit odometer was only off by 1. The trip logs can also be saved to Excel spreadsheets whenever you like. We download and review them weekly, so this in itself is worth the purchase price. It’s also good at routing around low bridges and roadway problems.

The camera shows quality HD images, and allow you to start recording at any time and save it so it doesn’t get over-written. This is handy if you find somebody else is driving wildly and you feel you should document it.

It also saves fuel info, and it would be nice if this went into the same spreadsheet but I haven’t figured out how to do this. You can export the total fuel pumped and price paid, but not by mileage or location.

Posted by MileHigh20

  • 4/5
4

Happy with this purchase, as it has some nice features, like the school zone alarm. There are some destinations the unit can’t identify and I have to Google them. Unfortunately you have to type in the exact address. I was expecting something more like Google Maps.

Camera is excellent, but I really bought it for hauling my own trailer, not my commercial trips. I like some of the trucker notices , but wish it had more options for private vehicles. The suction cup mount is also pretty fussy, so I had trouble getting it to stay put in my Dodge RAM. The unit is fairly heavy and didn’t want to stay put. The power cable is sturdy, but too thick to be tucking away out of sight. It did pair easily with my phone, so overall I’d have to say this is a quality device.

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