The Good The RightWay 550's CoPilot Live 8 software features one of the most customizable navigation interfaces we've yet tested. Multiple-stop trip planning and multiple routing options for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians also allow users a great deal of options for trip planning.
The Bad With so many customization options, the map interface can be confusing for drivers looking for a simple navigation device. The onscreen keyboard is too small and cramped to be easily used at an arm's length.
The Bottom Line With powerful and customizable navigation hardware and software, the RightWay 550 is a great GPS device for advanced users. Those looking for an easy-to-use GPS device, however, will probably want to look elsewhere.
RightWay 550 GPS navigator
With all of the talk of the shrinking portable navigation market, you'd think we'd be seeing fewer of these things popping up. Yet here we have the RightWay 550, RightWay GPS' newest entry into the world of turn-by-turn navigation devices.
RightWay's previous entry, the Spotter 500, underwhelmed us with its performance, but kept our attention with its NASCAR twist. This new model features better hardware and greatly improved software and makes due without the NASCAR showmanship--at least until the upcoming Spotter 550 Tony Stewart Edition becomes available.
The RightWay 550 is built around a 4.3-inch resistive touch screen--which is pretty much the standard for portable navigation devices these days. The device features a 480x272-pixel resolution and is fairly responsive as resistive screens go. Surrounding the screen is a glossy bezel that's printed with the RightWay logo. The juxtaposition of the glossy black with the matte antiglare LCD touch screen highlights the fact that the bezel is a serious fingerprint magnet.
RightWay shows major improvement with new 550 GPS model
The RightWay 550 GPS navigator is a tremendous improvement over the manufacturer's previous model.