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I’d like everyone to stand up and welcome the Garmin Quest — an ultra-portable GPS navigator. It’s about time someone released a full featured GPS unit that’s only 4.5″ wide, 2.2″ high, and only .9″ deep. And that’s just the beginning… the Quest features auto-routable, turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation with fast automatic off-route and detour recalculation. A 2.2″ x 1.5″ 256-color backlit TFT display that is easy to read in any light. The
unit has a rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery that provides up to 20 hours of use. It’s smaller than a standard television remote and features a unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use and it 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 fast and easy. And for those of you that actually will use the device when on a hiking or fishing trip, the unit is Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX-7 standards, which means it’s submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Very cool! The Quest is expected to be available in August 2004 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $642.84.