Magellan Maestro 4040
The Magellan Maestro 4040 is in the middle of the new Maestro line, and probably is the device which offers the most value. Like the other Maestros, it comes with a nice large 4.3 inch display. Despite the big display the 4040 is packed into a nice thin .8″ case and weighs about 8.5 ounces. It also comes with the legendary SiRFstarIII chipset. So how does it stack up to the other Maestro devices and other brands?
You get maps of Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska on this device, which you don’t get with the Magellan Maestro 4000. You also get about three times more POIs installed on the device, coming in at around 4.5 million. If you frequently need services in unfamiliar areas, having all of those extra POIs can be nice to have.
You also get Bluetooth hands free calling included, as well as text-to-speech. Text-to-speech can be very nice to have when the streets are close together and directions telling you to “turn right in 300 feet” doesn’t quite cut it.
If you are considering subscribing to a traffic service, the Maestro 4040 offers you the ability to add that feature later, but it does not come with a traffic receiver in the box. This is an advantage the 4040 has over the 4000 which is not upgradable to traffic services. If you are certain you want traffic coverage, then consider the Magellan Maestro 4050 which comes with the traffic receiver included… as well as speech recognition as a method for providing commands.
So if you don’t care about Bluetooth, Text-to-speech, having maps of Canada/Alaska/Hawaii, and know you won’t use traffic services you can save some cash by going with the Magellan Maestro 4000. (Compare the Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050) To compare with other manufacturers, you might want to compare it to the Garmin Nuvi 660.
Expect to pay about $600 for the Magellan Maestro 4040 when it comes out in April.