Get a Magellan GPS for $78.99 shipped (after rebate)

It's short on bells and whistles, but the Maestro 3100 GPS will get you where you're going on the cheap.

The Maestro 3100 offers basic navigation for an unbeatable price. CNET

Ladies and gents, we have a new low. Buy.com has the refurbished Magellan Maestro 3100 GPS for just $78.99 shipped. Granted, that's the price after a $20 mail-in rebate, but it's still the best deal on an automotive navigation system I've seen yet.

The Maestro 3100 offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 2D and 3D map views, 750,000 points of interest, and multi-destination trip planning. That's about it in the feature department, however: Don't expect text-to-speech capabilities, a media player, or any other advanced options. This is a system designed to navigate you from point A to point B (and points C through T, if you desire--it can handle up to 20 destinations per trip).

CNET gave the Maestro 3100 generally good marks (and a rating of three stars out of five). Users were a bit more generous, bumping the rating to 3.5 stars. But keep in mind all those scores were based on the original list price of $299.99. At 79 bucks, it might have scored even higher. We'll never know, but we do know this: The rebate deal expires Aug. 31.

 

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