TomTom XL 250 (2013) review: TomTom XL 250 (2013)

Typical Price: $119.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Simple map layout. Small size means it's very portable.

The Bad Very slow to get GPS lock. Very slow to re-route. Screen reflectivity is an issue in bright light. No lifetime maps.

The Bottom Line TomTom's budget GPS offers simple navigation if that's what you're after, but you'll need a bit of patience to go with it.

7.1 Overall

The TomTom XL 250 sits at the bottom of the pile these days when it comes to TomTom's GPS offerings, and it's rather obvious at a glance. When we first encountered the XL 250 in 2010, it was a nice, simplified GPS product , but it has now shifted down the ranks to become TomTom's entry-tier product. There's the 4.3-inch 480x272-pixel-resistive touchscreen that displays the older TomTom navigation system, although not that well in bright sunlight.

The XL 250 is connected up to a flat disc that serves as the XL 250's screen mount. It's a mixed offering; on the one hand, we can appreciate how it makes stowing the XL 250 away when you're done with it easier. On the other hand, attaching it to your car windscreen can be a definite chore, and one fraught with the peril of it coming unstuck while you're hurtling along at 110kph. That's not a desirable activity for a GPS unit, all things considered.

Performance

The first time we switched on the TomTom XL 250 we waited for it to get its first taste of a GPS signal.

Then we waited some more.

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