TomTom XL 350

The Good TomTom's interface has undergone a massive overhaul with this new series, resulting in a menu structure that's much easier to navigate. Trip routing happened quickly, and turn-by-turn directions were clear and concise. TomTom's EasyPort mount keeps the cradle with the GPS device at all times, which is great for portability.

The Bad Traffic service requires power cable to be plugged in. Some menu options are oddly labeled. Lifetime traffic model occasionally overlays ads on the map screen.

The Bottom Line The TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 series of GPS devices represent a marked improvement over the previous generation, keeping its great form factor while streamlining its software.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

TomTom XL 350

It may look like the same old TomTom XL from last year, but with a new version of TomTom's software and new models that offer lifetime traffic, lifetime map updates, or both, the TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 series of navigators merit a second look.

Design
The XL series' design hasn't changed at all since we reviewed the XL 340 S last year. Users interact with the unit via a 4.3-inch WQVGA wide-format touch screen (5 inches for the XXL models) or the power button on the top edge, the XL's only physical control. The bottom edge is home to a recessed Mini-USB port that serves as the connection for the included 12-volt car charger and connects to a computer for data updating maps and software. The XL chassis does not have an SD or microSD card slot, so users must make do with the device's 2GB of onboard storage (which is more than enough space for the XL's preloaded maps and regional upgrades).

The back panel is where the 2-inch loudspeaker is located. Audio quality is good, even at the loudest volume settings. The speaker doubles as the connection point for the TomTom EasyPort mount, a clever, low-profile suction cup for mounting the XL on a vehicle's windshield. The EasyPort mount is quite easy to place and remove from the windshield and offers a bit more flexibility of mounting angles than the Garmin. Simply flip out the suction cup, place the device on the windshield, and twist the locking ring a quarter-turn. When the XL isn't in use, the EasyPort mount folds flat to the unit's body, so it's always with the unit, unlike the separate cradles of Garmin and Magellan. This makes the TomTom XL ideal for users who often move their GPS device from vehicle to vehicle.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $180
  • Brand TomTom
  • Recommended Use automotive
  • Features 2D / 3D map perspective, Advanced Lane Guidance, downloadable POIs, preinstalled POIs, speed limit warning, Emergency Help, IQ Routes technology, Plug & go, TMC (Traffic Message Channel) ready, TomTom Map Share technology, TomTom QuickGPSfix, automatic routing, built-in speaker
  • Navigation Software & Services TomTom HOME
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model Lifetime Traffic & Maps Edition

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