Experts say the Garmin nuvi 765T represents a useful step up from budget GPS units, including the well-liked Garmin nuvi 265T (Discontinued). Both units choose the same routes, speak street names and include free traffic alerts for the life of the unit. But the nuvi 765T adds advanced features that reviews say can make it easier to navigate, including lane assist (which tells you which lane to be in at major freeway interchanges), 3-D building view and the ability to sort several destinations into one efficient route. You can also save 10 of your favorite routes, and if you carry your nuvi 765T with you, you can use it to find your parked car. The nuvi 765T also includes extras that have nothing to do with navigation, including an MP3/audio book player and an FM transmitter that allows you to route the unit's sound through your car stereo. However, both experts and users say Garmin's FM transmitters never work very well. One expert also says the nuvi 765T's speaker is way too quiet to handle Bluetooth hands-free phone calls, although several users have no problems. The Garmin nuvi 755T (Discontinued) drops Bluetooth and costs slightly less.
GPSMagazine.com offers the best expert review of the Garmin nuvi 765T, testing every aspect of the unit and presenting the results in a detailed, well-illustrated write-up. Tests at ConsumerReports.org and the U.K.'s Which? magazine are just as expert and thorough, but only subscribers can read the reports. Two reliable sources, GPSLodge.com and GPSTracklog.com, base their recommendations of the Garmin nuvi 765T on tests of similar Garmin nuvi models. Users at Amazon.com describe their own experiences with the Garmin nuvi 765T.
This expert reviewer calls the nuvi 765T "the best all-around nuvi available today," and worth trading up from an earlier model. He does note a few problems with the unit, including Garmin's perennially underpowered FM transmitter and a speaker that's too quiet for Bluetooth calling.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 765T Review, Fletcher Previn, Nov. 25, 2008
ConsumerReports.org tests the Garmin nuvi 765T alongside dozens of other GPS units, ranking the models from best to worst. Tests here are expert, thorough and unbiased.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 765T, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The Garmin nuvi 765T is a top "splurge" pick in reviewer Scott Martin's buyer's guide. Martin doesn't test the nuvi 765T, but this review page links to his hands-on test of the similar Garmin nuvi 755T.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 765T Review, Scott Martin, Oct. 8, 2008
4. GPS Tracklog
The Garmin nuvi 765T is a top pick at this GPS enthusiast site. Blogger Rich Owings bases this full review on his road tests of the similar nuvi 755T and 775T.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 765T Review, Rich Owings, Nov. 9, 2008
5. Which? magazine
Which? magazine -- a U.K. publication similar to Consumer Reports -- tests 97 GPS (or sat nav) units, including the European version of the Garmin nuvi 765T. Editors rate the models in 12 categories, naming several as Best Buys. Each model gets a brief write-up with a list of pros and cons.
Review: Sat Nav Reviews, Editors of Which? magazine
More than 200 users award the Garmin nuvi 765T an average rating of four stars out of five. Reviews include criticism, and some are very thoughtful and well-written.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 765/765T 4.3-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic, Contributors to Amazon.com