Suction cup bracket doesn't consistently suck

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November 16, 2006

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Welcome to my new and second blog. My intention is to identify consumer products that work well or badly,   focusing on design and and quality. No I am not an engineer, but as I mention in my blog profile, I love mechanical and electronic things. My experience includes working in factories and machine shops and a very good lay understanding about how motors and things you'd find in those venues work. My first blog, by the way, was The Dodge Report at my former publication, Electronic Business .

My first victim is the suction cup bracket that came with my Garmin GPS nüvi 350 . The nüvi is a great little GPS unit, but the suction cup that holds the unit to the windshield sucks. Or actually, it doesn't stay sucking like it should, constantly falling off the windshield even though it feels solidly built and looks smartly designed. Part of the problem might be that I keep removing it so as not to advertise the presence of this nifty little $600 unit (which tied for first place in Consumer Reports  tests on portable GPS devices). Still, it should stay put every time I affix it to the windshield. Such irony: Garmin can get the sophisticated electronics right, but  blows it with something as trivial as the bracket. When the whole thing collapses, it's very irritating and what will be even more of a travesty of a mockery of a sham   is if the nüvi ends up breaking the next time it crashes against the console of my car.

Garmin GPS nüvi 350

The nüvi is a great little GPS unit, but the suction cup that holds the unit to the windshield sucks.

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