I have two car units (both Garmin
) and one handheld, a Magellan
When looking for NEW models, look for the SIRF II chip. This is the new faster/better chip and its a great improvement over models made just a year ago.
There is nothing like hands on to test these....I too researched and researched then got frustrated, and bought my second Garmin C530 over the internet and saved hundreds.
But since I couldn't try it out, its missing one feature I really liked (it was in my 6 year old model). My gues is they lawyers made them take it out. (Its the ability to move the map while in 'routing' mode.