Garmin zumo 390 review

Review on Garmin Zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

The Garmin zumo 390 is a GPS instrument that is designed exclusively to be mounted on motorcycles, but works flawlessly in vehicles as well. Its durability is simply remarkable, and comes appointed with a plethora of advanced features that make the zumo 390 perfect for short as well as long distance commutes on your motorcycle and car. The zumo 390 portable handheld navigation system is a significantly improved version of its predecessor – the zumo 350 LM, and includes all its features plus three additional ones namely Tire Pressure Monitoring, Bluetooth Connectivity for mobile phones and Curvy Roads navigation.

Garmin Zumo 390 in the Box:

  • Quick start manual
  • Automotive power cable
  • USB cable
  • Automotive suction cup mount
  • Preloaded City Navigator
  • Motorcycle mount with power cable and mounting hardware
  • The Device itself

Design of Garmin Zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

Measuring 13.0W x 9.4H x 3.0D cm, the zumo 390 features a robust build and is crafted from high quality plastic, which gives it the ability to withstand adverse weather conditions. It offers 10.9 cm (diag) of viewing area and considering it is an all weather navigation system, it is both moisture and dust resistant. Furthermore, the Garmin zumo 390 is resistant to fuel and UV rays, and also waterproof up to a meter deep so heavy rains will not affect it in any way.
The 10.9 cm (4.3 inch) WQVGA color TFT display with white backlight and touchscreen is designed to work even when operated with your gloves on. The zumo 390 weighs approximately 270 g (9.5 ounces), and is powered by a lithium ION battery that’s neatly tucked away in its very own sealed compartment. The battery when fully charged provides approximately 7 hours of runtime, which should be more than enough to get you to your destination.

Features of the Garmin Zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390 – back side

Garmin has successfully outfitted the zumo 390 with all the features of the zumo 350 + three new features. The Bluetooth connectivity feature simply puts the zumo 390 in a league of its own, and allows users to pair the device with compatible smartphones to view messages and calls directly on the screen. This allows you to ride safely and still stay connected without taking out your phone. The navigation experts at Garmin didn’t stop there as the Bluetooth can be linked with Bluetooth enabled headsets and headsets so you can clearly listen to the audible directions.
Curvy Roads or Calculation Mode is another innovative addition to the Garmin zumo 390, which when activated amends the route algorithm to focus on curvy or winding roads. It can be used in combination with the Avoid Highways option to create a back road route. This function is relatively basic, but proves extremely useful in several situations. Other options such as Faster Time, Shorter Distance and Off Road options provide a ton of other options to reach your destination faster.

The third new feature – Tire Pressure Monitoring System will only work if you have the necessary two tires with metal valve stems and sensors. As the name reveals, it keeps track of your tire pressure while you ride. You will need to however configure your preferred tire pressure and the limit for low pressure before using this feature. After proper setup, the zumo 390 alerts you when tire pressure falls below that threshold. You can monitor up to four tires in any configuration, with one tire pressure monitor sensor needed for each tire. If you’re thinking these sensors take a toll on the battery life of the zumo 390, the beauty of it has yet to be revealed! These sensors are designed to provide 300 hours of battery life, and automatically go into sleep mode to preserve battery life when the GPS navigator is switched off.

Garmin zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

In addition to the three new features detailed above, you get all the features found its previous version – the Gamin zumo 350. For starters, the device can be mated with your bikes electrical system and also with portability instruments to be used in cars. You can program the zumo 390 seamlessly with a laptop, notebook or PC, and you can also use the Garmin’s BaseCamp software absolutely free via USB. Apart from that, it makes highly detailed map planning easy and displays the “Big Picture” to do it right. This makes it easy to chart out maps, waypoints, and you can even upload your favorite stops and transfer data to and from the device.

The navigation feature can also be configured to record where you’ve been, and share this information with your friends and relatives. The Garmin Lane Assist with Junction View feature gives you a clear insight on the road ahead, and helps you steer clear of complicated interchanges including highway signs. This feature will also inform you on services and accommodations that are ahead. If you want to revisit your favorite spots that you enjoyed on

Garmin zumo 390

Garmin zumo 390

your way TO your destination, but can’t seem to remember how to get back, Garmin’s TracBack routing feature will do this for you! In the event of an emergency, the Zumo 390’s “Where Am I” emergency locator will instantly display your exact location along with nearby emergency services on the screen.
Garmin has suited the zumo 390 GPS device with a plethora of extras including an onsite trip computer complete with a compass display. It also arrives with an onboard digital fuel gauge that keeps you informed of how much fuel you have left in the tank, and the number of miles you can travel before a fuel stop. With the zumo 390’s speed level indicator, you know when to throttle down to stay in line with the law. The Service History Log allows you to keep track of mileage, date and performance maintenance on your bikes chain, tires, oil and even spark plugs.

Highlights of the Garmin zumo 390:

  • 4.3 inch display offers 480 x 272 pixels resolution
  • WQVGA color TFT display with white backlight
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver complete with HotFix
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (sensors sold separately)
  • Ability to add additional points of interest
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Speed-limit indicator
  • Configurable vehicle icons
  • Waterproof: IPX7 standards
  • Lane assist will guide you on the right track while navigating
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 7 hours of battery life
  • Route planning allows you to save up to 100 saved routes and additional storage available on memory card.
  • Turn-by-turn directions with audible street names
  • Junction view
  • “Where Am I?” allows you to find the closest police stations, hospitals, gas stations, nearest address, intersection and coordinates

The Garmin zumo 390 GPS device’s ability to pin point accuracy in real time, and its superior features sets it apart from other devices in its segment. It features a clean interface and search functions that are easy to read thanks to the nice and bright display. Pairing the Bluetooth with your devices is also a straightforward process, and the screen information options allow minimalist to info-centric layouts. The Garmin zumo 390 is the perfect companion on both short and long motorcycle as well as car adventures, and definitely worth the investment.

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