Using my Garmin Zumo 340LM
|Garmin Zumo 340 navigation device for motorbikes|
The Zumo 340LM set came with
- Cradle for the device
- Charging cable for the motorbike with a waterproof cap to secure the charging-contacts
- RAM-mount to install the cradle on your motorbike
- USB cable to connect your device to your computer
The device has Bluetooth to connect to a Bluetooth head-set or other Zumo devices. On the back the device there are 2 "golden" contacts for charging in the cradle. There also is a audio-jack for a head-set, opening for SD-mini-card and there is a USB connection (for charging at home).
- I am missing a opening on the device to connect a carry-on-cord. If the cradle would snap on your motorbike, the device is gone in 1 second.
- The cradle cannot be locked, so to prevent theft you will have to ALWAYS remove the device when leaving your motorbike unattended. The device can be removed in 1 second. A bit too easy! Although I just see that there actually is a Garmin-lock for sale that can be added to the cradle to lock the cradle.
- Be aware of the fact that the charging cable is more or less hard-wired to the cradle (after installation) so when the charging cable is also hard-wired to your motorbike you cannot remove the cradle from your motorbike anymore. Of course you could cut the cable and put a connector in it.
- The rubbers that close-off the audio-jack and memory-card-slot do not close-off fully for 100%. With my device especially the rubber for the audio-jack will have opportunities for dust & water to come in. So I will put some tape over the rubbers.
- Although sold as IPX7 water-resistant I am wondering how water-resistant the speaker on the back is, as there are openings for the sound. I may decide to put some tape over it also.
- No USB connection needed when charging on the motorbike
- Easy to remove the device from the motorbike (maybe a bit too easy)
- IPX7 Water-resistant (not waterproof!)
- Made for dedicated use on motorbikes (should be more shock resistant as the Nuvi series)
- SD-card slot so you can add your own Open Source Maps
But after using the device I will update this post.
Update 2014 : OK I did use it in the car for a trip in the city.
- I like the trip-log of where I have been with sections
- The voice is really terrible (I tried 3 different voices). The sound is good, but the voice is not.
- Routing at the map in Thailand is a bit weird. But that has nothing to do with the hardware or the software but with the map-data.
- I love the "make detour" option
- Scrolling / zooming the map around has some hic-up's .... must be a software design error.
Update 2015 : I modified the charging cable with a connector so I can take of the all cradle from the motorbike when I am not using it at all. (I only use it on long trips). I think this should be standard.
Update 2020 : In the past few years I did actually never used it anymore.