If i am honest the Garmin Driveassist 50LMT is not my favourite of the range of Garmin sat nav units across the market, but it does give the user a great option if you're looking a great 5-inch sat nav that provides both directions from A-To-B and at the same time allows you to use the built in DashCam then keep reading as this is our Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D Review.
Personally, I don't think that I want my sat nav on the dashboard of my car the whole time and this does beg the question, why are you paying extra for a dashcam that you're not going to use the whole time? The idea of the dashcam is to record your driving. If there is an accident, it will record exactly what has happened and whose fault it is. In principle this can reduce your car insurance, however again if you're not going to use it the whole time then I am not sure this applies to you.
Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT-D Review
The Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT-D is part of the 2016 range of satnav's from Garmin, and is a simple and easy to use piece of equipment. As with all Garmin's, it comes with many great features and a surprisingly low price.
As with all Garmin's, construction is fantastic with the unit made of a hard plastic and coming with a crystal clear touchscreen that offers "pinch and zoom" facilities. Screen sizes are fixed at 5-Inches and there is not an option for a larger model, however the crystal clear screen size means that you can easily see your device. Navigation is easy meaning the minute you switch on the device, you can easily find your way around the device using the interface menu system.
The navigation itself is very good and features a useful landmark-based direction system that directs you to turn or continue, for example, “after the Burger King” or “after the tall blue building”. This makes driving way simpler than with the satnav's that simply use the names of roads and areas, which makes for an easier and more pleasant drive with less chance of getting lost.
The Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT-D also has a very simple search system, where you can search by landmark in addition to searching by address, so it’s easier to find the place where you want to be. The software that comes with the satnav also allows for lifetimes updates for every country in Europe, so you can keep navigating successfully forever for the lifetime of the sat nav. Lifetimes are hard to judge, however I have an old Garmin sat nav from 2008 that still works well, so buying a Garmin should mean that you get a good 10 years of life from each device.
Real Time Traffic Updates
The navigation also offers real-time traffic information, and gives you the best route according to traffic updates. One downfall of this is that it can encourage the satnav to reroute your journey a little more than necessary. It can also sometimes be a little slow to reroute on occasion, which can be a frustration if you are in a hurry. A few users have also reported that the audio directions occasionally do not match up to what is being shown onscreen, but this seems to be a rare occurrence.
The image viewer on the display screen allows you, at a junction, to see both a birds’-eye view and a front-on view, which makes things simple at each major turn. Other alerts given by the gadget include oncoming sharp curves, changes in speed limits, red lights, speed cameras, animal crossings, railways and notification if you’re driving in the wrong direction… so it really is just more than a map!
As we mentioned earlier the key difference between the DriveAssist and DriveSmart model is the face that the Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT-D model comes with a built-in dash cam, so if any incidents or accidents happen, you not only can replay them and view them through the device, but the satnav can tell you exactly where the incident occurred.
The technology also allows you to prevent any potential accidents by telling you when you are too close to the car ahead and when the traffic ahead has begun moving again. The satnav offers the ability to attach wirelessly to your phone via Bluetooth for making and receiving calls, though this can occasionally be a little faulty and isn’t always reliable.
The Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT-D is a decent sat nav unit that comes with all Garmin's A-to-B directions with the extra feature of a dashcam unit to record your driving. It does come with some sporadic flaws, however for a trusted brand at a low price, this is a very good option.
Personally i think that the 5-inch screen is a little small for use in my car and therefore I prefer either the 6-inch or the 7-inch design from the Garmin DriveSmart.