Garmin StreetPilot c530
The Garmin StreetPilot c530 rests at the upper end of Garmin’s “c” series. The c530 features pre-installed maps, an optional FM TMC traffic receiver, and a 3.5 inch display. These features are similar to other models in the “c” series like the c340. What the StreetPilot c530 adds though is a slightly different shape, a better GPS chipset, and additional software features.
The SiRF Star III chipset powers the c530 which defines this GPS in the upper end of the product line. If you have previously had trouble with older GPS receivers loosing the satellite signal under dense canopy or near tall buildings, the chipset in this GPS device should perform significantly better.
A better display is also built into the StreetPilot c530. This display should make it easier to read the screen in high glare situations than other StreetPilots.
There is also a host of additional software applications available for the c530. Garmin Lock is an anti theft feature which requires you to enter a PIN before operating the device. Garmin Lock comes with the c530. There are also optional software packages you can use with the c530 like the Garmin Travel Guide and the SaversGuide.
If you want Bluetooth support, and MP3 player, text-to-speech, or an integrated (rather than optional) traffic receiver, consider stepping up to the c550. (And frankly, at the price of this device it should have come with text-to-speech.) Otherwise the Garmin StreetPilot c530 is a solid performing GPS.