Review: Garmin Nuvi 1350LMT – Part 1: The Install

My wife is shall we say directionally challenged. She tends to use Google Maps to print out directions to where she needs to go to. But looking at printed directions isn’t exactly safe. Thus I figured that it might be a good idea to get a GPS for the car. After much research, I decided on the Garmin Nuvi 1350LMT which fit my needs. Simply put, I wanted a GPS that was simple to use and had cheap or free upgrades for the maps. This particular Garmin fit that need as it had lifetime (to the original owner) free updates for the maps and it was really simple to use. More on that in part two of my review.

When I got it, I didn’t want to just stick it onto the windshield. Why? In Ontario, having anything in the windshield is illegal in theory. While I don’t know anybody who has actually been nailed by this law, I figured that it wasn’t worth taking a chance. Besides, I think it looks cheap having a GPS mounted in the windshield. So I did some more research and came across a company called ProClip who makes mounting hardware for cars that balance the need to have the device in close proximity with the need to make it look integrated with the car. I ordered the hardware I needed to properly mount the GPS in my Toyota Matrix. Installation of the hardware took ten minutes. Five minutes to screw everything together. Two minutes to put it in the car. Here’s what the end result looks like:

It looks good doesn’t it. Here’s a picture with the GPS installed:

It’s a very clean look and it’s very accessible and way better than a windshield mounted solution. If you have a GPS, I’d highly recommend that you look at ProClip for a mounting solution.

My next report will detail the operation of the GPS and how well it works in the real world.

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