I love electronics and have accumulated a lot of gadgets over the years. I'm also very diligent about protecting them. I don't think there is one piece of electronics that I own that does not have some sort of protective case. GPS units are no exception to that rule. When my husband and I purchased the Garmin Nuvi 1490T GPS, we also wanted a case to protect it. At the time, the model was very new and the store didn't carry the accessories for it yet. After a bit of a search, we purchased the Garmin Leather Slip Case for 5" Nuvis and are very satisfied with it.
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This case is designed to fit 5" Garmin Nuvi GPS models (including the Nuvi 5000 and the 1490T). It fits like a slip case, fitting the units almost exactly. The case is mostly enclosed on three edges, with one edge remaining open to insert and remove the GPS. The open edge extends about a half inch past the edge of the GPS, with the side edges of the unit exposed about an inch on each side. A slender compartment, perhaps to store a piece of paper with an address or your GPS instruction booklet, is located on the front of the case. There are no extra compartments to store the windshield mount or the power adapter.
The case has a very sleek look, made from a thin black leather. It's stylish enough, though it's not the type of item you carry like a purse. There is no belt clip or wrist strap. With the open sides and leather exterior, this case isn't weather resistant, which would make it even less practical to carry. My husband usually stores this in his laptop bag or his inner coat pocket.
The interior of the case features a thin padding with a soft surface to cushion and protect the GPS' screen.
The case is durable, having picked up only a minor scratch over the past few months, despite being handled in a less than careful manner. Due to the nature of my husband's work, his laptop bag gets thrown around in the back of his work vehicles. I am glad the GPS has remained unharmed and in good condition. He has even dropped the loaded case a few times, without damage to the unit.
I have seen the Garmin Leather Slip Case for 5" Nuvis (Manufactuer's Part Number: 010-11107-02) priced from $15-$20. I purchased the item from TheGPSStore.com for $16.95. The protection is definitely worth the price