Garmin Nuvi 50LM Review
The Garmin Nuvi 50LM is perhaps one of the top navigators in Garmin’s new 2012 Essential series, offering a 5” wide screen and lifetime map updates. The models in this series are meant to be basic navigators at a budget price, lower than what we’ve previously seen for Garmin entry-level models. Nevertheless, they do come with some features not previously found on low-end Nuvis including speed limit display, lane assist and junction view.
The Garmin Nuvi 50LM exists in 2 versions: one with the entire US except for Alaska and Hawaii and one for all 50 states plus Canada. Key features of this GPS navigator include speed limit display and warning, lane assist, junction view, customizable data fields and display and trip log in addition to the function that all Nuvis share which is to get you from point A to point B. The difference is that with this Nuvi, you are basically looking at some nice and very helpful features in addition to the basic considerations. The speed limit display and warning is perhaps the highlight of the Essentials series. The speed limits are not restricted to highways but they are operational on many secondary roads as well and if you exceed the speed limit, the current speed field will turn red. Lane Assist is also a very helpful feature. You’ll primarily realize this on freeways and on some surface streets in urban areas. Coverage is fairly extensive.
- The Garmin Nuvi 50LM includes a speed limit display
- The navigator highlights the proper lane to be in
- Junction View
- If you tap the lower left data field, you can customize what is displayed there
- Trip log allows you to display where you’ve been
- Tapping the car/current location icon on the map brings up the Where Am I? screen
- Discount: Currently available!
Product pros and cons
- 5” screen
- Lifetime map updates
- Low cost
- Speed limit display
- Lane assist and junction view
- Customization options
- No powered mount
- Cannot add a traffic receiver
- Can only hide Trip Log; cannot clear it without resorting to a hard reset
- Only includes maps of 48 states
When it comes to the Garmin Nuvi 50LM, not much is missing from the design and built of this GPS navigator. There is no multi-destination routing or powered mount, two popular options. The latter means that you’ll need to attach the mini-USB lead for the power cord each time you use the unit. Also, unlike other recent low-end models, you cannot add a traffic receiver. All in all, the Garmin Nuvi 50LM is highly recommended. This is without a doubt the best entry-level navigator Garmin has ever released. It has an ultra-wide 5” screen along with features previously restricted to mid-range units. You can hardly go wrong with this Garmin device. At a list price of $169.99 on Amazon and a discount of 19% of this price, if you need a GPS navigator, you know what to get now.