I was given this for Christmas of 2008 so I don't exactly know the cost?
It is easy to use and I can now see why a GPS is nice to have when traveling or just going somewhere for the first time. I like that this one is portable and easy to move, but I don't know that I'd recommend this one?
For my complaints, first I had to buy a special (and expensive) USB cable to hook it up to my Mac (or a PC) in order to register it. Garmin wants to sell you map updates that you download from their web site, but that also requires that you first buy their USB cable. It seems like they should just include the cable to make it easy so that you do register so that they have your contact information, and so that you possibly buy their map updates.
So once I received my cable and registered, Garmin sent me an email with an offer for a free map update (the maps on my Garmin were a year old).
I logged onto their web site and they had the same free update listed five times
that each had their own activation key! I downloaded one file that took awhile as it was over 1 gig. Then I tried to install it, which the activation key wouldn't work. They had two ways to update the GPS, either by their web site or by a stand alone program (that sucked). Nothing worked... Each update option kept refusing the key.
After that failed, I tried two of the other downloads, which their activation code again didn't work.
Instructions for updates were all very lacking and all for Windows (I am on a Mac). I searched through their online help files, and one note about getting the key to work was talking about going into a text file on the GPS and editing the code! Are they kidding me?!
I went a head and emailed them to ask what to do, and made sure to mention that I was on a Mac. I did get a response, which all they did was to resend me the instructions for Windows! Thanks a lot!
So I again contacted them, which this time someone else reset the activation keys, and this time sent me new instructions for Windows when I had again reminded them I was on a Mac! Which again did not work and I was about ready to throw the GPS in the trash as in the process of trying to update the GPS, I was getting a message that it was now locked when I would turn it on as it was waiting for an activation key.
I then contacted them a third time, making sure to again tell them I was on a Mac and trying not to swear. This went on over a month, and finally I was given one new update to download, which I did the update via their web site. And the activation key worked. I noticed that their web site had changed some, so I assume they were having problems supporting Macs, which I was surprised as I can't imagine I'm the first Mac user to contact them.
It really was a nightmare and reminded me of a lousy Microsoft product, which I made sure to point out to them. Their web site was also poorly designed.
It certainly was not a user friendly experience. I guess I'm just spoiled for owning Macs all there years at updates and installs just working and thought out.
Garmin just sucks.