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TomTom XL 340 S: Bigger is usually better

The TomTom XL 340 S introduces a few advanced features to TomTom's midrange lineup, while staying well below the premium price bracket.

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Yesterday, we took a look at the TomTom One 140 S and found that we liked it, but wanted a bigger screen.

Today, we find ourselves on the road with the TomTom XL 340 S, which takes all of the features that we praised in the One (lane guidance, IQ Routes, Map Share, and text-to-speech) and packages them behind a larger 4.3-inch wide screen.

The result is an easier to read map, more accurate menu navigation and address entry, and a generally more enjoyable in-car experience. Even though we initially had our doubts about the new EasyPort mount, the integrated suction cup held the larger XL stable during cornering.

However, when we reached our destination and removed the unit to take it with us we found a minor issue that we hadn't thought of before: the XL is too big to be pocketable thanks to the combination of a larger screen and the EasyPort mount--which, even folded, more than double's the device's thickness. Users who regularly carry large purses or bags won't be too inconvenienced by the additional size, but we feel that it bears mentioning.

Overall, our impressions of the XL were positive. Check out our full review of the TomTom XL 340 S, and be sure to check back next week when we hit the road with the top of the line TomTom GO 740 Live!