I got a routine email today from Garmin which included a link to a new friction mount they have available:
It appears harder-shell than the beanbag mount most of us have and love. Not sure what the advantages of this one would be compared to the beanbag mount.
Has anybody tried it, or seen it in a store?
Maybe a smaller footprint, but I don't see the need to get a new one.
The sun can give the fabric of the beanbag a somewhat bleached-out appearance over time. I you are right that the top surface of this is rigid plastic, it might prevent such discoloration. However, I'd be afraid that the rigid top might also make it less capable of gripping a contoured dash. It certainly has a unique shape.
that this folds completely flat for easier storage. That is the only possible benefit I see compared to the previous beanbag mount. I'm sticking with the old one.
The advantages over the old mount are derived from Industrial Design! I'm a bit bias as I'm an Industrial Designer myself, but bravo for Garmin. I loved the functionality of their old unit, bought one for my wife & she loves it, however, its 1970's bean bag ash tray appearance was just a bit too clunky for the clean design of the interior of my car so I've been using the windshield mount. I'm glad I waited.
This unit has MUCH cleaner lines & functionality (again, good Industrial Design). It folds rather than coming apart affording much less chance of losing or breaking parts. That, along with an smaller footprint, facilitates quicker stowage, especially for those with smaller cars with fewer compartments (so people will be more likely to move it out of site when not in use). Lastly, it's simpler in function & appearance, nothing more than is needed to provide its function. I think I'm going to have to order one.
Thanks dagarmin for bringing this to our attention!
Update: found it at http://www.gpscity.com/item-garmin-nuvi-and-zumo-series-port... for $27.95 & $3 ship.
I'd be concerned about contoured dashes as well, especially if you rent various cars while traveling. It'll be interesting to have someone report in once they've purchased this new one.
Bentbiker, I looked at images of the mount on various sites & it is VERY flexible. My guess is that it's made of some kind of heavy foam rubber instead of the beanbag of the prior design. Take a look at the link included in my previous post, they've got images showing how flexible it is.
Poifect - check your email.
Sorry to everyone else for the offtopic post.
I like the fact that it folds flat but my dashboard is curved and the beanbag can bend where it bends and still maintain the right level for the Nuvi.
I'll be curious to read real world reviews on the unit.
The bean bag is great because it contours to fit any dash, and is relatively fluid to counteract the motion of the vehicle.
I'm concerned a ridid structure won't be as flexible, and may induce shaking from the vehicle movements that could cause the unit to fall off the dash or make visibility more difficult. And it would have to be as heavy as the bean bag to be as effective. Its footprint does not seem to be as large as the bean bag so it may not offer as good of a stability either.
I don't think it's enough to get me to buy a new mount, but if it's as flexibile as they show it being, I have to believe Garmin would not have put out a new accessory without it being better then the old accessory.
I notice there are two different models of this.
010-11280-00 (For Nuvi series)
It definitely does not look like a bean bag.
Has anyone purchased one yet? I'd be interested to hear a real world review.
I'll post my impressions.
It looks great and I like the fold down arm. But my bean bag mount is doing the job and I don't want to spend extra money right now. I would be interested in hearing comments (good and bad) from anyone who is using it.
My first impressions? Smaller than the other friction mount and very pliable. The arm feels very solid. It looks stylish and sleek and it all together feels solid.
I noticed when I removed the mount from the packaging that the bottom has some protective tape on it. Hmmm. Underneath where the mount was in the packaging is this statement "Clean the mount with water. Use dashboard cleaner to remove any residue left by mount."
I peeled a very small corner of the protective tape and laid it back - It seems there is some adhesive on the bottom that I had felt when pulling and re-attaching the protective tape. It's obviously not a permanant adhesive, but I never would have guessed a "friction mount" would use a mild adhesive, if any at all.
I probably would not have purchased it had I known this, and may just try to sell this one. It seems to me that this may not be as portable as I would like. Maybe it's more suited for a semi-permanent scenario where the mount stays on the dash longer. It would slide around without the adhesive as it is light.
Again, I haven't tried this out drving yet, these are just my initial impressions.
I've had the new friction mount on my dashboard for a few days and my 750 is vibrating so much that I'm ready to go back to the old beanbag model.
The new mount has a folding arm with a ball on the end that connects to the GPS unit. The base is made of heavy "flexible" rubber with a sticky silicone pad on the bottom.
The main problem is that it's almost impossible to get the base to conform to the shape of the dash. The rubber is bendable but it doesn't maintain its shape, and flexing one part of the base always seems to deform some other part. The result is that there are only a few areas where the mount stays in solid contact with the dash. Though the silicone grips well in these areas, the arm and GPS unit end up bouncing a lot.
Another problem is that the arm assembly can't be rotated horizontally on the base. This means that the base needs to stay in a particular orientation on the dash -- which may not be convenient depending on the dash's shape.
I was really hoping that I could replace my old beanbag with a slimmed-down, foldable mount, but the new design just doesn't work for me.
Thanks guys for the review!
I am really surprised my comments / fears were pretty much dead on about this mount.
Oh well, wait for the next better mouse trap!!
I also hoped it would replace my bean bag mount... But my dash is very curved and it doesn't sound like it will stay put for long...
Thanks for the review, not something that sounds good... I have liked the beanbag mount best of any mount I have had so far....
I was hoping try this out.. but maybe I'll go out and get one of the hideous beanbags after all. I really wish there were some better options out there.
Think this one was designed by a fresh out engineer and Marketing bought into it.
Just got back from AZ and carried every thing in a hard case camera bag. No problem taking off the arm using the quick release. Tucked the base on the side of the bag.
Side note: With all the stuff in the camera bag (camera, cables, charges, batteries, and 2 GPS units), I got through TSA security at both ends, without the need to open the bag.
Glad there was a review on this. I was looking at getting a friction mount . Thanks for the info!
Is this new mount supposed to replace the old beanbag, or will Garmin continue to sell both? I may need to get a spare "bean bag classic" if the old one will be going away...
There are a few other bean bag types out there too....
...MattB and DaveBrill.
I too will stay with the beanbag.
The adhesive pad is odd given the growing trend for cars to be broken into to steal GPS's. Obviously, leaving friction mounts in plain sight inside a car is a bad idea which can lead to a broken car window and a need to buy a new GPS. Now that wouldn't be Garmin's aim, would it? Naaaah.
I'm glad there is a new friction mount. It'll serve to drive the price of its predecessor down while it is being discontinued. Watch for liquidation prices on the old one in case you need another mount
I really think the tried and true bean bag friction mount is the only way to go now.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
viva la bean bag.
I just glanced through most of this thread but was curious, is this heavy enought, like the bean bag, to keep from sliding around on a smooth dashboard or does it rely on that sticky bottom?
thank you very much
Cant seem to order it for canada.....
Will def look at that when i replace mine!
When car takes hard turn, the friction mount may rotate if the weight is not balance. Not sure this new design has this factor in mind?
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