Garmin zūmo 660 - Part 5
by H.B.C. for webBikeWorld.com
Part 5: Garmin zūmo 660 Settings
The other sections of this multi-part review of the
Garmin zūmo 660 includes further insight into the tools
provided by the 660.
Part 6 also identifies some basic differences between the
550 and the 660, lists some compatible Bluetooth systems and
provides the Bottom Line scoop on the newest addition to the
The following section provides further insight into the individual
This is probably the
first or second stop for new users. This sub-category lets the
user begin to customize the device by changing system, navigation,
display, time and language settings.
Map Settings are also accessed
from this point via the map detail, view, vehicle, trip log,
map info and restore options.
While hard-mount physical
security options might be limited, the zūmo 660 provides
two security settings that will help protect user data. Garmin
Lock allows a four digit PIN to be created and stored in a security
location, and Safe Mode, unless turned off, disables all functions
requiring "significant" operator attention that could
be distractions while in motion.
Restore will put security settings back to original values,
except for the PIN or its location.
FM Traffic Message Channel
(TMC) subscription information is accessed via "Tools
Settings Traffic" and the information displayed will
be based on the identified locale during initial setup. This
feature allows Traffic Information mode to be turned on or off,
the Provider selected, search for additional TMC providers and
The zūmo 660 receives FM Traffic Message Channel or
MSN Direct content depending on which (traffic) receiver is
used and which subscription is purchased. I haven't yet activated
either service yet. But I have used the TMC service as provided
with the Garmin 265WT and it proved to be a useful feature when
traveling in and through urban areas that provide the service,
especially along the I-81 and I-95 corridors.
The Garmin website identifies that the Premium Traffic Subscription
service for North America and other parts of the world is provided
by Clear Channel, whereas other pages identify other providers
for North America?
Settings Proximity Points
Point Settings feature is a valuable tool that requires some
interaction by the user and/or the downloading of specific data,
such as custom POIs, safety camera databases or a TourGuide
Tools Settings System
turns off GPS mode and simulates navigation, in real time and
using archive/average movement data to provide a realistic environment.
Usage modes are: motorcycle, scooter, automobile and pedestrian.
Simulation mode is very power efficient as well.
Units of measurement can be changed between metric (km) or
The keyboard layout options are QWERTY, ABCDE and Large Mode.
The final selection is "About" which displays the
software version number, unit ID and the audio version for the
unit. All of this is useful when maintaining a functional baseline
or when purchasing additional software.
Tools Settings Navigation
you can select the desired preference to calculating a route
faster time, shorter distance and off-road, my personal favourite.
The only thing to remember here is that the system will sometimes
calculate a Line-of-Sight routing that could be hard to achieve,
at least without flight capabilities
Tools Where Am I
While not a totally new
feature, the "Where Am I?" tool in its latest presentation
form is very easy to use and encapsulates information so necessary
in emergency situations, especially where immediate assistance
if needed and when first responders may be involved.
This is a pretty impressive
feature that can prove to be an essential tool in some circumstances.
Users are presented with a category listing, or the "Search"
menu can be invoked. Either way, it is a great tool.
Tools Media Player
The Media Player provides
high quality stereo audio via two 3.5mm outputs, one on the
chassis and another on the integrated harness, or via the Bluetooth
A2DP (stereo) capability. The updated media player supports
MP3 music files and M3U and M3U8 playlist files allowing playlists
created on the zūmo or downloaded from a computer to be
A continued feature sure to be appreciated by many is the
ability of the Media Player to play compatible Audible Books
available from a number of sources. A bookmark can be created
for any file as well allowing a session to be resumed easily.
Another thing I really like - the shortcut icons that show
up on the right side of the screen when the Media Player and/or
Phone applications are active. A musical-note icon represents
the Media Player while a "P" icon indicates when a
mobile phone is paired with and hosted by the GPS.
Tools MSN Direct
Although a heavily touted
feature, according to the Garmin website, the MSN Direct service
will only be available until 1 January 2012 or for just over
two more years. A subscription can still be made to receive
the service and it seems that subscribers will get some additional
free service time given the published expiry date.
Tools Picture Viewer
Part of the Media
Player bundle, the Picture Viewer let users view JPEG and JPG
files stored in the 660 or removable media. A slide show can
be activated as well and stopped at any time by touching the
Tools Custom Routes
This tool is accessed
from either "Where To" or "Tools". The menu
table basically walks you through the creation of a new custom
route that can be saved off and retrieved for use or editing.
T he options in editing a route are: change name (route), add
or remove points, manually reorder points, optimally (automatically)
reorder points, recalculate (by route preference faster, shorter,
off-road) and, delete. Changes are automatically saved upon
exiting any route edit pages.
Tools My Data
This tool manages "Set
Home Location", "Import Data", "Manage Trip
Logs" and "Delete Favourites". To manage data
save, import and delete, this is the tool to use.
Routes from MapSource can be imported to the device by touching "Import
Route from File". If connected to a PC, the default settings
will allow a quick and direct import of the file.
Tools My Data Manage Trip Logs
of Trip Logs, recorded during navigation, is done under the "My
Data" tool. It is amazing how many users are not aware
that this type of information is captured and stored. This is
unfortunate as the information stored can be invaluable in tracing
or re-tracing a route, documenting a trip or activity and in
providing an audit trail of sorts.
Trip logs can be saved (archived), retrieved for viewing,
re-use or edited. The service also allows any or all segments
of a specific trip to be viewed, great for refreshing the memory
or planning a re-ride over favourite ground.
When viewed, the archived trip log is presented as a distinctive
coloured line on the map display. Other capture data, such as
elevation, can be viewed, also by segment if desired. Trip logs
can be deleted by using the "Edit" and "Clear
Log" selections. And finally, trip logs can be shared by
simply using the "Share" and "Export" selections
to save the trip log to the removable memory media.
Tools World Clock
After not having this
feature available on the 550, I can now check out current times
for cities around the world by selecting a specific city. Selecting
the "World Map" feature brings up a flat projection
visual that depicts the time zones and the light to dark transitions
based on the selected time zone.
Tools Language Guide
The Language Guide
is a personal favourite for "time well spent" breaks.
It keeps the mental translator refreshed for those situations
where a timely and correct phrase can mean everything. The Garmin
Language Guide provides five bilingual dictionaries -- English,
Spanish, German, French and Italian. The tool provides To/From
look-up of Words and Phrases and bilingual dictionaries for
the five languages.
When the tool is selected, an information screen will be
presented which states that, this is a sample version of the
Garmin Language Guide and directs the user to visit the Garmin
A simple tool, but always
appreciated. After a long day on the road, the brain doesn't
always crunch as fast or as accurately as desired, so the calculator
is a great verification tool.
Tools Unit Converter
This tool converts:
area, currency, distance, speed, temperature, volume and weight.
Having worked in both a metric and English standards environment
all my life, I don't even think about most conversions any more,
it just happens.
For referral purposes however, especially for other than
speed, weight or measurement, this is another great tool to
have directly at hand. Converting To/From is simple.
Tools Unit Converter - Update Conversion Rates
Although part of the "Unit Converter" tool, this routine
is interactive and allows the traveler to update currency conversion
rates manually so that resultant currency calculations are based
on current listings.
This is applicable only if
the package includes a TMC traffic receiver. If so, a variety
of advertisements and coupons will be presented for your viewing
and use as applicable. Just remember do not, under any circumstances,
try to access or write down while performing the critical task
-- maintaining control of the machine.
zūmo 660 Product Specifications
Size 136 x 83.4 x 24mm (5.35
x 3.28 x 0.94 in) W x H x D.
Weight 270g (6.17oz).
Display 4.3in diagonal touch-screen,
480 x 272 pixels, WQVGA TFT landscape display, white backlight.
Case Waterproof to IPx7 (immersion
in one metre of water for 30 minutes).
Operating Temperature from
-20C to 60C (-4F to 140F).
Charging Temperature from 0C
to 45C (0F to 113F).
Data Storage internal memory
is a nominal 4GB (actual available memory is based on system
memory space requirements), removable micro-SD media (not
included) allows storage space to be expanded. Data is stored
Computer Interface USB mass
storage, plug n play.
Headphone jack Standard 3.5mm.
Charge Time Approximately four
Power Input DC vehicle power
using included automotive power cable and cradle, motorcycle
mount with integrated DC harness. Power can also be supplied
by optional USB charger or trickle-charged from compatible
USB 2 ports.
Usage - 10W max.
Battery Life three to seven
(3 to 7) hours, depending on usage and settings.
Battery Type Removable lithium-ion
battery, 3.5V, 1880mAh, 6.7Wh.
GPS Receiver High-sensitivity.
Acquisition Times Warm <1
sec, Cold <38 sec, Factory Reset <45 sec, times based
on clear view of the sky.
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