Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter review:

Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter

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  • Recommended Use automotive
  • Features AAA TourBook, automatic day/night mode, highway lane assist, preinstalled POIs

Roadshow Editors' Rating

7.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8

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.

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.

During our last Magellan GPS review--of the RoadMate 1470--we criticized the device for the awkward placement of its Micro-USB charging cable. Magellan has fixed this on the 3065 by integrating the charger into the windshield mount. However, this model is plagued by a slightly more frustrating issue: the 3065's mount features a plastic tab that slides into a slot on the PND's back panel. The problem is that either the slot is too small or the tab is too thick, because we found it darn-near impossible to remove the 3065 from its mount with one hand once it was snapped into place. Anytime we got out of the car, we had to force 3065 from its mount, often sending the unit flying and knocking the dock to the floor. Perhaps over time the connection will break in, but we were a bit disappointed by this detail.

The RoadMate 3065 Commuter ships with the aforementioned windshield mount, an adhesive dashboard mounting disk, a 12-volt charger with a Mini-USB tip, and a Mini-USB cable for connecting to a computer.

The Magellan RoadMate 3065 is preloaded with detailed, street-level maps for the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico and over 6 million points of interest, including a selection of AAA tour book destinations with extended information. For example, a restaurant may include information about its type of cuisine, operation hours, detailed venue descriptions, price range, and a rating.

You can search for your destination by browsing or searching within the preloaded POIs or by inputting an address or intersection. The 3065's onscreen QWERTY keyboard is large and easy to use. Thanks to the responsive touch screen and Magellan's QuickSpell predictive text engine, we were able to input most of our addresses with only a few key presses. From the destination confirmation screen, the 3065 offers quick access to the RoadMate's multiple routing modes. You can choose from the shortest or fastest route, avoid freeways or stick closely to them, or navigate on foot with a pedestrian mode.

Magellan's OneTouch menu is yet another quick way to access destinations on the 3065. This shortcut menu, located at the top right corner of the map screen, drops down to reveal 13 customizable shortcuts that link to commonly accessed destinations and search queries. For example, you can designate a OneTouch shortcut to begin a search within a category of restaurants nearby, search for a chain of restaurants by name, or automatically set a specific restaurant as a destination. Also in the OneTouch menu are a customizable home shortcut and an emergency services button, which displays your current location and links to the nearest car repair facility, police station, or hospital.

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