The Magellan RoadMate 360 is the most affordable ($499.99) member of the company's RoadMate series of vehicle navigators, and like its more expensive siblings, it offers a powerful GPS receiver and accurate, turn-by-turn, voice-guided driving directions. It's simple, intuitive, and perfect for first-time GPS buyers. That said, the RoadMate 360 lacks some of the extras found in similarly priced models, such as 3D map views, traffic service capabilities, and an integrated MP3 player, to name a few, so if you want more bang for your buck, we recommend taking a look at Lowrance iWay 350c. Housed in a black-and-silver plastic casing and weighing a mere 9 ounces, the Magellan RoadMate 360 is small enough (6.1 by 3.1 by 1.2 inches) to fit in a jacket pocket or a handbag. Unfortunately, the lack of an internal battery means you can't use the device as a true portable navigator and take it with you on foot.
The 3.5-inch color display is bright and easy to read in any lighting environment, and the touch screen is very responsive. To the right of the screen is a series of function buttons for zooming in and out of map screens, selecting destinations, viewing your current location, selecting or canceling menu options, and accessing the User Options screen where you can change settings and view trip statistics. There's also an eight-way rocker switch used for map panning and selecting menu items. All controls are intuitive and easy to use, but if we could add one thing to the wish list, it would be a dedicated volume knob. The internal speaker is certainly loud enough to hear voice-guided directions and turn alerts, but to adjust the volume, you have to enter changes through the settings menu.