(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Easy To Read
Easy To Set Up
Finding Specific Address
We bought this unit for a cross-country trip and chose it based on the CR review. We have not been disappointed.<br /><br />First, the screen is huge, which is good for older eyes. Second, we managed to get it up and running without much reference to the user manual, but we do recommend that the full manual be downloaded from the manufacturer site since there are more detailed instructions than in the supplied printed manual. Third, we found it to be a great help, especially when searching the POI database for restaurants and rest areas.<br /><br />There are three flaws that I would call worthy of mention. First, it always seems to show your position 50 to 100 feet short of where you actually are, which means that you can miss a turn if you're not careful, especially if you're moving fairly rapidly. This is more of a problem in cities than with rural roads, since the chances for confusion are greater. That said, you CAN adapt, and we did, by starting to look for predicted turns earlier.<br /><br />Second, when resuming a trip from a parking lot (as when leaving a motel or restaurant), it's not always clear which way you're supposed to turn to get back on track, and we found ourselves having to reverse direction more than once when resuming our trip after an overnight stay. This COULD have been a result of our habit of programming a new destination every morning (each days' destination was a hotel), but it was annoying to have to guess when exiting the motel parking lot, and then having to reverse course when the choice turned out to be wrong.<br /><br />Third, updates to the map cost $80...they ought to be free.<br /><br />Absent those complaints, we found the 1700 to be generally reliable and accurate, and do not regret our purchase.<br /><br />A few nits to pick which I am given to understand are characteristic of GPS units in general.<br /><br />- The vocal commands, while clear enough with standard phrases (Turn right, etc.), are fuzzy and sometimes garbled when speaking street names.<br /><br />- You can't program the unit to follow a specific numbered route (the purpose of our trip was to follow U.S. Route 20 to its terminus in Oregon, and following a route through urban areas can be confusing), so we had to pick destinations along the way that didn't allow alternate routing.<br /><br />- While there are settings for fastest route and minimum use of freeways, etc., there is no setting for shortest route, although this can sometimes be accomplished by selecting a detour.<br /><br />- Occasionally (like once a week), it gets lost, but a quick reset or off/on sequence fixes things without losing your destination.<br /><br />- The 1700 offers detours when it senses that you're not moving, the assumption being that you're in a traffic jam...but by the time it suggests the alternate routes, you're stuck in the jam and can't get there, so it's of limited usefulness.<br /><br />A couple of comments to address points in other reviews...there ARE both 2D and 3D display modes (just touch the screen to toggle), and the maps that are used for GPS devices all come from the same source, so if there's an error with one device, it'll probably be in every device. Google your house, for example, and see how close to reality the map is (ours is 5 houses off in Google Earth). Also, it's true that the device is heavy...too heavy for the supplied windshield support...but we just located it so that it rests on the dash with the windshield support simply holding it upright. We also located it at the far side of the dash (in a small German sedan) so that the person riding shotgun controls it; it's big enough so that the driver can see it at that distance, but all work with the controls is done by the passenger (which is safer anyway).<br /><br />In sum, it's not a perfect device, but then neither are any of the others, and this one is easy to see. I'd recommend it without reservation, as long as the size isn't a problem.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.