Navigate from here to there, the sequel: Magellan 4040 widescreen GPS, $99.99 shipped

Finally, a widescreen GPS for under $100. It's a refurb, but it's also loaded with nav-tastic features.

Hang on, hang on, hold the phone! I thought yesterday's TomTom GO 510 GPS was a sweet deal at $124.99 (plus shipping and after rebate), but Buy.com just blew that outta the water: You can get a refurbished Magellan 4040 widescreen GPS for just $99.99 shipped, no rebates required.

If memory serves, this is the first widescreen GPS I've seen below the $100 mark. Specifically, it's a 4.3-inch touchscreen, which is way easier on the eyes than the typical 3.5-incher. The Magellan 4040 also features text-to-speech (it announces actual street names), a Bluetooth speakerphone (for hands-free calling), and integrated AAA TourBook travel information. Plus, as with the TomTom, you can add an optional traffic kit to get real-time traffic data.

Caveats? In addition to the 90-day warranty (fairly typical for a refurb), CNET's review of the Magellan 4040 notes that the unit is slow to recalculate routes, and many of the user reviews agree. Keep in mind, though, that you're paying $100, not the $500 list price of just one year ago. I'll come right out and say it: This is the best GPS deal I've found yet. (If you bought a TomTom yesterday, don't sweat it: You still got a killer deal.)

 

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