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Magellan RoadMate 3000T review:Magellan RoadMate 3000T

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The Good The Magellan RoadMate 3000T comes preloaded with maps of the North America, has an accurate receiver, and includes multimedia capabilities. It also features two useful utilities--SmartDetour and QuickSpell--to aid with congested roadways and address entry.

The Bad The Magellan RoadMate 3000T's external controls could be more clearly identified, and route recalculation is sometimes slow. The unit lacks text-to-speech functionality and integrated Bluetooth.

The Bottom Line Though the Magellan RoadMate 3000T lacks some of the advanced features of its competitors, it's a good value and offers some nice navigation features and an accurate receiver.

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6.7 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7

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Earlier this summer, CNET's Daniel Terdiman embarked on a two-week road trip with a car full of gadgets, and guiding him through the journey was the Magellan RoadMate 3000T. It helped him navigate the back roads of Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest, and he gave it an overall grade of B+. Well, we took it out for a test-drive ourselves and also found it to be a solid navigation system. We weren't enamored by its design, but looks count for only so much. The important thing is that the RoadMate 3000T accurately tracked our location and provided some nice features to help with navigation. Though it doesn't have some of the advanced features of its competitors, it's a good midrange model at a fair price ($599.99). In a departure from the company's other in-car GPS devices, the Magellan RoadMate 3000T sports a more compact and squarish design. The unit measures 4.3 by 3.8 by 1.4 inches and weighs a hefty 8.6 ounces, so this is definitely a car-only model.

The center of attention is the RoadMate 3000T's 3.5-inch, QVGA touch screen. It has a resolution of 320x240 pixels and is responsive to touch commands. Even better, the display is readable in sunlight, though it does have a tendency to hold fingerprints and smudges. Surrounding the display are eight buttons--power on/off, mute, enter, escape, a navigation toggle, Main menu, Destination menu, and Locate. There are also two large buttons on top of the device for zooming in and out of maps, and a volume dial. We certainly appreciate the last set of controls as well as the mute button, but we almost wish everything else was handled through the touch screen. Having all these external controls was overwhelming, and since they're located all over the perimeter of the RoadMate, we found ourselves accidentally hitting buttons and launching various menus when all we wanted to do was adjust the angle of the device. Also, they're not all clearly identified--for example, the Main menu button is only marked by two rectangles--so a quick read of the user guide might be worthwhile.

Load up an SD card with some music and photos and take advantage of the RoadMate 3000T's multimedia capabilities.

On the left spine is an SD/MMC expansion slot, while a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mini USB port, a reset hole, and a power connector are all located on the right side. The GPS receiver is integrated into the RoadMate 3000T, so you don't have to deal with any flip-up antennas, and the speaker is located on the device's backside.

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