Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Traffic
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- Lifetime Map Upgrades ensure the latest maps for the life of the receiver
- Free lifetime traffic gives you up-to-date information on what is going on up ahead
- The AAA Tourbook gives you all the information you need to make an informed choice on hotels, restaurants, and more
- With Highway Lane Assist, your navigator shows you which freeway lanes are best for preparing for your upcoming maneuver (48 contiguous US only)
- Spoken street names let you hear street names with every voice direction and have a clear understanding of when to make the next turn
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Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM
The Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM is a premium GPS navigator with a large 4.3-inch touch screen featuring subscription-free real-time Traffic Alerts and free lifetime Map Updates.
Magellan has partnered with the most trusted name in travel--AAA. Only Magellan navigators include the built-in AAA TourBook with Diamond ratings and descriptions on AAA-approved places to stay, play, dine, and more.
Personalize your travel experience with the OneTouch menu of your favorite places and searches. Bookmark your favorite coffee shop, restaurant, gas station, or bank to find the nearest location, anywhere you travel!
With premium maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico the Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM is the perfect companion for travel across the country or everyday commuting.
RoadMate 2045T-LM Traveler Features
|Exclusive OneTouch Favorites Menu|
Easily bookmark favorite destinations and searches with personalized bookmarks so you can find them anywhere you travel. Find your favorite café or restaurant in any city with a single touch.
|Lifetime Traffic Alerts|
Real-time, subscription-free traffic updates sent directly to your GPS unit. Get updates whenever you need them
|Exclusive AAA TourBook Guide|
No membership required… The Magellan-exclusive built-in AAA TourBook guide provides ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine, and save.
|Highway Lane Assist|
Realistic highway signs point you in the right direction, when approaching interchanges and exits, to ensure that you’ll choose the correct lane.
|4.3-inch Touch Screen|
The large 4.3-inch color touch screen is perfect for everyday travel.
|6 Million Points of Interest (POI) |
Gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and millions of other destinations are searchable from the huge POI database.
|Highway Exit POI Search|
Search for gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and more near upcoming highway exits.
|QuickSpell with SmartCity Search|
Enter destinations with only a few touches. QuickSpell narrows addresses and locations, making destination entry easy.
Plan a trip with multiple stops in the order you want, or optimize your itinerary for the most efficient route.
|Spoken Street Name Guidance|
Hear street names and directions for a clear understanding of when to make the next turn while you keep your eyes on the road.
Travel the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with all the maps you need pre-loaded on your device.
What's in the Box
Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM GPS Receiver; Pre-Loaded Maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico; Windshield Mount; Vehicle Power Adapter; USB Cable; User Handbook.
Top customer reviews
I've owned and used GPS units from all three of the major manufactuers - Garmin, TomTom and Magellan.
When it comes to interface Magellan units usually shine. The 2045T is no exception. However, as at least one reviewer noted, the edit function within the address book is not user friendly. That, however, is the least of my complaints about this unit. Before I get to my complaints, I want to mention the things that are great about this GPS.
Unlike my TomTom, Magellan GPS units are very logical as you enter in a destination. When you enter the first letter of the town or city it automatically starts to suggest places near your current location. If your near Bangor, Maine it doesn't suggest Boston. That's exactly what my TomTom does and it drives me insane. So Magellans are intuitive on this count.
Secondly, the AAA guidebook that comes with Megellan units is just great. It's perfect for finding stores, restaurants and attractions when you're in a place you don't already know. A major kudos for this.
Despite these great features, I have two major beefs.
One, there's something wrong with Magellan's software and how it determines fastest route. In the space of two days the unit failed to know the fastest route at least half a dozen times. These weren't just mapping errors, these were the unit's inability to just know that one route is faster than another. This is NOT a problem I've seen in any of the units I've used up until now, including older Magellans. These weren't major mistakes, but they added a minute here and there. On a long trip I could see them adding up.
The second beef I have is with the traffic function and estimated time of arrival. I'm self employed and part of my work is getting from place to place in a timely fashion. A few minutes late could actually result in lost income in my line of work. I was on my way to a business event and I followed the Magellan's suggested route that took me off the major highways. It was around 5pm in the Boston region so traffic was really bad. The Magellan gave me an ETA that indicated I'd only lose a couple of minutes due to traffic. So I followed its suggested route. It didn't work.
Instead of bumper to bumper traffic on the highway, I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on secondary roads. The ETA was off by almost 20 minutes. Thankfully I had built in enough buffer that this didn't harm my work. Nonetheless, it caused me to distrust the traffic function. There's no way I can know if it would have been faster to stay on the highway, the most direct route. All of which just creates more confusion.
I haven't used the traffic function on other GPS units so I can't compare the Magellan to other units. Fastest route, however, is something that's a glaring problem compared to other GPS units, including previous Magellan units I've used. I also have to be honest and say that the only GPS I've used that's just outright failed was a Magellan.
I like using a Magellan GPS and the 2045T is no exception. However, I have serious reservations about its usability. So with that I give it three stars.
After using this GPS on dozens of trips I now cannot recommend this GPS even for its good points.
Here's why: This GPS simply does not know the fastest route if it involves secondary roads. It's hardwired to assume that highways, no matter how many extra miles, are faster. And in turn it adds massive amount of travel time to secondary roads.
The most glaring example of this was on a trip in which the GPS added an entire hour(!!!) to a route that didn't involve highways. Because the calculations are so lopsided the GPS unit refuses to adapt as you drive. It will insist on telling you to do a U-turn to "save time" when you're already a half hour into the actual shorter route. All other brands of GPS I've used quickly (usually within a couple of minutes) realize you've chosen a different way and recalculate. Not this GPS. It insists you've taken the wrong way and wants you to go back to the highway.
I now only reluctantly use this GPS when I'm in an unfamiliar area. Based on multiple experiences on roads I know well I have to assume that this GPS is not giving me the fastest route to my destination.
I received the replacement unit yesterday (1/18/12 - Amazon is amazing). It works! I raised my rating to 4 stars. For the money, getting lifetime map updates is a great deal. The Content Manager software allowed me to grab addresses from my other Magellan units which saved a lot of data entry. My new unit needed a software update and a map update right out of the box. Both went smoothly although the CM software didn't indicate a map upgrade was available until the software was updated. I had to exit CM and restart before it said a free map update was available (v43).
The Content Manager software was a bit finicky at first with the new unit. I registered the device on magellangps.com before attaching it to the computer. When I plugged it into the computer, the CM software displayed a name for the device with the opportunity to change it. CM gave a registration error until I made the name it presented the same name that magellangps.com gave my gps after registration. It took me a while to figure out that I should remove the trademark symbol to make the CM software happy.
I wish Magellan's support infrastructure was more robust but, for the most part, their units are pretty trouble free. The best part is that I would have had to spend about the same amount (even with the AAA discount) just to upgrade the map for my 1475T as it cost to buy the 2045T LM. Now I have a new unit with lifetime free maps (and traffic). BTW. We've never found the traffic function to be very helpful. Lane assist, is lovely, though.