Pros:Stays put on dashboard. Won't telegraph the fact that you have GPS in you car.
Cons:No immediatly obvious cons.
The Bottom Line: Good alternative to windshield suctioncup mount. Keeps your Garmin GPS on the dashboard while you are driving, and allows you to stow it out of sight.
Recommend this product?
Recently after getting lost with some directions printed out from MapQuest or Google, we decided that it might be a good time to join the rest of the 21st century and purchase a GPS. Recently, my wife's grandmother, who's in her 80's visited us from NJ. She was sporting a TomTom. So, I thought that might be a good option. After all, here I was an alleged computer and internet savvy engineer, and I'm still resisting some of the high-tech trends in electronics.
Well, off I went to check out the TomTom reviews on line from several different sites, including Epinion. After reading a few reviews, I decided I would expand my search to some other brands. But enough about the TomTom.
I found a number of good reviews on the Garmin 255W, and the price was in the ball park of what I was willing to pay. But, as with most GPS, this one came with a suction cup windshield mount. For security reasons, I'm hesitant to use a suction cup mount because of the tell-tail ring it leaves on the glass. I don't want to telegraph the fact that I have a GPS device or any other electronic device in the car, for fear of inviting someone to break out a window to gain entry.
So I really wanted something that was a bit stealthier for mounting the GPS. I noticed that Garmin offered a beanbag type mount, and seemed to fit the bill.
Details About The Product
The base is a cross arrangement with weighted pouches and a grippy rubber pad on the bottom. It has a removable plastic post with a spherical feature at the end that accepts the mount from your Garmin device. The post has a ratcheting action to keep it from unintentionally swiveling, and there is a locking lever that keeps it from moving at all once positioned. This extra locking lever seemed a bit unnecessary, as does the ability to remove the post. But I suppose if you are really poking at the corner of the touch screen, it might start to rotate, and removing the post make it easier to pack for travel in a suitcase. The base is a black nylon material that will probably get pretty warm sitting in the sun. I'll wait to see how that affects the grippy rubber pad in the long run.
How Well Does It Work?
This works very well in keeping your GPS stationary when driving around. The grippy rubber pad sticks well to our dash board, and the fabric base allows it to conform to most dash board profiles. I really like the fact that you can lift this off and put it under a seat or the center console of the minivan. I do think we will need to be careful to keep the grippy pad from getting too dirty. I expect that may affect its ability to stay in place.
My Recommendation This is my first foray into GPS. Having a mount that allowed easy, and unadvertised removal was important for me. This Garmin product satisfied that need. I would recommend this to anyone who has similar needs and concerns.