Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM
The Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM has a 4.3-inch screen with 480 x 272 pixels. The GPS device picks up live traffic information without subscription and also shows you points of interest for each highway exit you approach. We liked how it gives an advanced warning for upcoming turns as well as a chime for the exact moment you’re supposed to turn. The speaking voice for directions for the most part comes out clear and loud enough to hear. You also need to keep it plugged in most of the time, because the battery life lasts for two hours. Despite some quirks, this Magellan GPS is fairly reliable and includes a handy OneTouch favorites feature that saves your favorite destination spots. It’s available for $91.07.
Good budget model
OneTouch favorites pulls up your common destinations
Traffic updates available without subscription
Advises you which lane is best and speaks road names aloud
2-hour battery life
Includes AAA tourbook which rates restaurants, hotels, entertainment spots, etc.
Loud, clear “voice”
480 x 272 screen resolution is decent but not the best
Not always accurate in determining the fastest route
|Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve|