Garmin Unveils New Pocket-Sized Street Navigator, The Quest

Garmin today announced the Quest GPS navigator, an ultra-portable, easy-to-use, versatile mobile device.

“The Quest combines features from several of our most popular Garmin GPS navigators into one compact unit,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “The Quest is extremely easy to operate – anyone with a home computer will find the icon-based menus familiar and easy to understand. From salespeople to summer vacationers, the Quest is ideal for people who haven’t yet experienced the benefits of GPS and automotive navigation.”

The Quest features auto-routable, turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation with fast automatic off-route and detour recalculation. With the brilliant 256-color backlit TFT display, the Quest is easy to read in any light. The unit has a rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery that provides up to 20 hours of use. Smaller than a standard television remote, the Quest provides an ample screen viewing area, but it won’t demand a lot of room on the dashboard or in the briefcase. The unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use and users can connect an optional external antenna as well.

The unit ships with MapSource City Select CDs, which provide full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico — including more than five million points of interest like gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. With 115 MB of internal memory and a fast USB connection, loading a large amount of detailed map data from a PC is easy.

For weekend warriors who want to use the unit on a camping or fishing trip, the Quest is waterproof and fully compatible with the entire line of MapSource outdoor cartography, including U.S. Topo, 24K Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots, and BlueChart.

Key features of the Quest include:

Sunlight-readable display: 2.2″ W x 1.5″ H, high-resolution 256-color TFT display
Built-in basemap: Coast-to-coast general map showing highways, major roads, and borders
GPS: WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with accuracy of 10 feet (or better) in North America
Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX-7 standards – submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
Lightweight and compact: Weighs just 5.5 oz. and measures 4.5″ W x 2.2″ H x 0.9″ D

The Quest is expected to be available in August 2004 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $642.84. The unit ships standard with fully unlocked MapSource City Select North America maps, PC/USB cable, AC adapter, external speaker with 12-volt adapter cable and suction mount, owner’s manual, and quick reference guide.


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