The Good The Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter features snappy performance with fast routing and rerouting. It gets free traffic updates with a Traffic Wakeup feature that boots the device before you leave for work or home. Magellan's One Touch shortcut menu puts your 14 favorite searches and destinations at your fingertips. Multiple routing options and a pedestrian mode are available from the destination confirmation screen.
The Bad If you don't like seeing ads, you won't like the 3065's interface, as they're all over it when it's using traffic data. The ridiculously stiff windshield mount is nearly impossible to remove with one hand.
The Bottom Line The Magellan RoadMate 3065 is a solid-performing GPS navigator that takes a unique approach to streamlining your commute with its Traffic Wakeup feature.
Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter
The Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter is the flagship model of the manufacturer's 2010 line of GPS navigators. With its RDS traffic receiver and Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone, it's already one of the most fully featured units in Magellan's current lineup. However, the 3065 truly distinguishes itself from the rest of the line--and from any other GPS device we've tested--with its Traffic Wakeup feature. Once set, the RoadMate 3065 will attempt to capture a more complete snapshot of the traffic on your morning and afternoon commutes by booting itself ahead of time to download its data.
Starting with its extra-large display, the Magellan 3065 is a fairly imposing portable navigator. The unit measures 5.4 inches wide by 3.4 inches tall by 0.6 inch deep and features a 4.7-inch color resistive touch screen with a WQVGA resolution of 480x272 pixels. The screen is quite responsive and can be used while wearing gloves; it is also fairly easy to read even when it's bathed in direct sunlight, which is a huge plus for a device that will live on your windshield.
Surrounding the screen is a glossy, black bezel with a small pinhole microphone for hands-free calling. The unit's edges and rear panel are finished in a less reflective silver plastic. Along the top edge is the power/lock slider. Along the bottom edge are a Mini-USB port for charging and syncing and a microSD card slot for expanding the unit's 2GB internal memory. On the 3065's back panel is the device's loudspeaker, which is powerful enough to overcome moderate amounts of road noise with its clear spoken directions, and here also is the attachment point for the windshield mount--the source of much frustration during our testing.
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