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GARMIN nüvi 1300 LM 4.3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Slow and imprecise 02/24/2012

This review is from: GARMIN nüvi 1300 LM 4.3" GPS Navigation with Lifetime Map Updates

Pros: bright screen
clear voice
works for the most part
Ability to import locations from Google Maps

Cons: Very slow to pick up satellites when it's first powered on,
a little too slow to indicate where and when to make a turn
Unable to detect correct location of vehicle until it moves more than a certain distance
Doesn't give complete directions all the time.

Other Thoughts: I got this model to replace a nuvi 250 which is still working fine, but the maps were over 2 years old. I didn't want to pay $70 for new maps when I could get this newer model on sale for only a little more. I expected a few changes, but all I really wanted was new maps and the functionality of my old unit.

Unfortunately it doesn't work nearly as well. It's much slower all around and doesn't tell me it's time to make a turn until I'm past the turn. When I choose to go a different way, it's extremely slow to notice and recalculate a new route.

When I complete my business at one target location and attempt to go to another one, it sometimes tells me to "follow the indicated route", but there are no street names and few clues to figure out what that route is. Just yesterday I tried to exit a parking lot and all it said was "proceed to Ridge Road." I was about half a mile from Ridge Road and I was given no hint which way I was supposed to turn on the road that fronted the busin

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Fantom Drives G-Force MegaDisk 1TB USB 2.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Worked as well as any others for more than a year - other one I own is still working fine. 1 TB for a reasonable price. Recognized right away by Vista x64. I liked the plain metal box.

Cons: Of the two drives I bought, one came with a loose connection to the power cable and it would fall out of the enclosure at a loud thought. I was very needy of the space, so I wedged the cable in with another object and was able to use it from May, 2007 until August of this year. At that point the connection became intermittent even when I held the cable in and the drive started clicking. Then Windows proclaimed it unformatted and 800Gb of data became inaccessible.

The thing is ... folks know, or should, that hard drives are only temporary storage. Even the most expensive ones with the longest warranties can fail - so if you don't back stuff up, or can't because there's SO MUCH DATA, you're walking on a tightrope. Live with it.

Other Thoughts: The electrical engineer in the household proclaimed that the connection from the "bridge" was faulty, not from the power supply. Fantom was happy to sell me another power adapter, but would only fix the circuitry if I sent it to them. Since it wasn't under warranty, I didn't.

However - THERE IS HOPE ALL YE WHO'VE LOST DATA WITH THIS OR SIMILAR DEVICES. I discovered if I left the drives connected to the RAID circuitry and continued to use the USB input, BUT used the power supply from my computer (connecting the back of each individual drives to the computer's power cables), the computer was able to see the RAID as one drive and recover ALL my data. Now my Fantom is two 500 Gb Hitachi drives which are living in my computer and the nice box and broken circuitry are off to be recycled.

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Patricia L.'s Profile

Display Name: Patricia L.

Date Joined: 07/17/03

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 09/16/08
  • Last Review: 02/24/12
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