"Magellan Roadmate 1700"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Magellan Roadmate 1700
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>> When it comes to sticking screens to your dashboard, there's big. Then there's too damn big. Of course, we don't expect you guys to go slap 19-inch monitors onto your dashes, but where does a 7-inch GPS device sit on that scale? I'm Antuan Goodwin. Let's take a look at the Magellan RoadMate 1700. The RoadMate 1700 is very similar to the previously reviewed RoadMate 1470. It's got a power switch on the top, a USB port on the bottom, and Magellan's cool, one-touch menu of user-customizable shortcuts. Differences include the lack of a physical volume rocker, a few interface tweaks, and, oh yeah, a fricking huge screen. Look at this thing. The 1470 is pretty big, but it looks downright inadequate in the shadow of the 1700's seven-inch widescreen. This guy's display is almost twice as big as that of the iPhone. Of course, with a big screen come a few big screen problems. Finding somewhere to mount the 1700 in a normal sized car without obstructing your vision is a bit of an issue. And the suction cup mount can get a bit wobbly trying to hold up all of this weight. But this isn't a GPS device for normal sized cars, and I have reason to believe that truckers and RV drivers are gonna love this thing. It's built for the road. As you approach highway exits, a large icon appears in the lower left corner if there's food, fuel, lodging, or campsites to be found there. Clicking on that icon takes you to a list of these amenities, each of which is a clickable destination. The unit's loaded with six million points of interest and a separate AAA Tour Book database of locations friendly to members, which is very cool for long hauls and road trips through unfamiliar territory. Once you've made camp for the night, you can even plug an external video source into the RoadMate 1700's 3.5-millimeter AV input and get even more enjoyment out of this big, old screen. Unfortunately, that cable's not included in the box, but what you do get is a car charge, a USB cable, a suction cup mount, and a nice flip case to keep the screen from getting all scratched up. Check out our full CNET review of the RoadMate for even more details and a full rundown of its features. Until then, I'm Antuan Goodwin, and this has been your First Look at the Magellan RoadMate 1700.
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