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Garmin Nuvi 260 Brings Crazy Talkin' to 'Budget' GPS

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Garmin rolled out its Nuvi 260 today, the company's first GPS device in its palm-sized Nuvi 200 series to have Garmin's sometimes-comical text-to-speech capabilities. We like to make fun of our Garmin text-to-speech talker; for example, when it comes up to Forest Drive, it calls it Fo. Rest. Drive. Hahaha. Anyway, text-to-speech is how Garmin differentiates its "premium" GPS systems with all those other "budget" units it sells in the Nuvi 200 series.

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Besides being a source of comic relief, calling out the street names with this text-to-speech capability can actually be useful—keeping your eyes on the road and away from that map on the Nuvi 260's smallish 3.5-inch screen. Garmin says this Nuvi 260 will be shipping this month, and it'll retail for just under $500. And that's a "budget" unit? Expect (hope for) discounts forthwith. [Press Release]

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"...calling out the street names with this text-to-speech capability can actually be useful..."

Definitely. Telling me when a turn is coming up is awesome. I don't have to hear my wife yelling at me after I missed a turn that I was supposed to take or having her yell at me to just take her home is well worth the money.