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Magellan Maestro 4050


The Magellan Maestro 4050 is at the top of the line of the new Maestro series from Magellan. Like the other Maestros you get a SiRFstarIII chipset, 3 hour battery life, and NAVTEQ maps. It also comes with a new 4.3″ display and a slim profile, unlike the other series of Magellan devices. But the big deal about the Maestro 4050 is speech recognition.

Of course time will tell in just how well the GPS speech recognition works. I can just hear the jokes now if it doesn’t work flawlessly. “Take me to Alaska!” “You mean Alabama?” Hopefully it will work really well and this feature is not included with the other Maestro devices.

The other big feature in the 4050 is that it comes with an integrated traffic receiver. But, those two features come with a big price tag. The Magellan Maestro 4050 is about $200 more than the Magellan Maestro 4040. If you don’t care about GPS voice recognition nor the traffic receiver you can save some cash with the 4040. (Compare the Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050)

To compare against other manufacturers, consider the Garmin Nuvi 660 which has a similar size and similar features, but does not have voice recognition.

Expect to pay about $800 for this GPS when it comes out in May.

72 Responses

  1. is the voice recognition in the u.s. versions? and if so has it been tested and how well dose it work?

    dick - July 10th, 2007
  2. It is in the USA versions, however it doesn’t provide options people might assume are possible. For example you cannot use it to select a town, street, and street number. You can say things like “Go Home”, “Nearest Coffee”, “Nearest Restaurant”, “Nearest Gas”, “Nearest ATM”, “Roadside Assistance”, “Reroute”, and “Where am I?”.

    You can catch a video of it here. (From Magellan)

    Tim - July 10th, 2007
  3. I notice many of the Magellan series have multi-destination routing with “route-optimization.” However, I notice the 4050 leaves out the “route optimization” off their spec sheet (pretty disappointing, considering this is the more expensive unit). To me this means I can plug in multiple destinations, but the unit will not optimize the best route to take between the destinations. It will navigate me in the order I have inputed them. Am I correct on this?

    I really need the “route optimization” feature. I am a Real Esate Appraiser which requires me to stop at multiple residences in no particular order. I just want a gps than can tell me the most efficient route.

    Can you suggest one that will do this?


    John - July 24th, 2007
  4. Even the devices which do claim to offer “route optimization” don’t really do what you would expect. Instead what they offer should be called “route sorting” because all it does is sort the list from closest to furthest away…. it doesn’t actually analyze the order and figure out the most efficient order to visit them.

    Tim - July 24th, 2007
  5. I am considering getting a Magellan 4050 or a Garmin Nuvi 660. I found them for about
    $50 differance in price. Which one would be the better buy? I am a AAA member but if that is the only advantage for the Magellan, then maybe I want to rethink this.

    Tom Petty - July 30th, 2007
  6. Tom, you can compare those two devices here if you haven’t already.

    Tim - July 31st, 2007
  7. I have a 3 yr old Roadmate 700 – they have not updated the maps since I purchased this unit. Is there one system better than others for updating current map data?

    Mike - October 13th, 2007
    • I have a four year old Magellan Road Mate 2000 and they have never had a map update.

      Jim - July 30th, 2009
  8. I’m comparing the Magellan 4050 w/ Garmin Streetpilot c550. Liking the 4050, but concerned for the battery only lasting 3 hours. Has this battery life issue ever been a problem for anyone?

    Amber - October 13th, 2007
  9. Amber, if you are using it in the car most of the time then you can connect it to the car to get power. Many people don’t even utilize the battery. If you want to use it walking around or somewhere else you don’t have a power source then you will need to decide if you will be away from power for more than three hours.

    Tim - October 14th, 2007
  10. Looking for a system that, 1 gives directions, 2 can give me coordinates of where I am at, 3 can take coordinates I input and get me there. Traffic I can get on the radio and besides traffic is so bad everywhere there is no way around it anyway. Thanks for the help.

    John - October 14th, 2007
  11. I has had Magellan Maestro 4040 for over 3 months. My job requires me to go to at least 10-15 destinations per day and Magellan 4040 with its voice commands was great. But I had problems with the hardware. The unit was dead in 35 days of purchase, thanks to costco, who had 90 days for return service. I was so fascinated by Magellan 4040, I brought the second unit. Close to a month, again, I had problems with the charger. While driving, the screen often goes to a prompt “unit will sleep in 30 seconds” and i am sure, my car charging point is absolutely fine. Anyways, my second Magellan 4040 is now stolen and I am looking for a new GPS. After browsing through multiple gps systems, i am amazed with Magellan 4050. I feel that’s the best bet for the price.

    Keerthan Andrade - October 15th, 2007
  12. This is in response to message # 7 from Mike.

    I also have a roadmate 700 and there have been two map udates since I purchased the unit 3 years ago. The updates are available via the magellan website but they will cost you. One of the nice features is that the updates allow for multiple destinations and the unit now says the name of the roads.

    Chris Roth - October 17th, 2007
  13. I have tested the Magellan 3140 and 4040 both have these problems.

    1-They cannot accept Phone book transfer.
    2-They won’t auto connect your phone after power off then on (you have manually connect by keypad on the unit).

    I wonder if the 4050 unit does not have problems above?


    George - November 2nd, 2007
  14. Can the 4050 mount be used without the traffic receiver? From what I can tell it looks as if the only way the 4050 will connect to the windshield mount is by first placing it in the traffic receiver. This unit was a gift to me and I don’t plan to subscribe to the traffic updates and would like to mount it without the extra weight or size. If not does any one know of an aftermarket mount that I could use?

    Mike - November 6th, 2007
  15. Hi Tim – I am looking into these units for a gift and I see that most of them have poor reviews when it comes to the speed of an alternate route displaying, etc. Do you have any suggestions on which is the best? I also read that this model and the 4050 do not have map update capabilities and they are dated right out of the box…is that true?

    Shelley - November 20th, 2007
  16. Tim – I may have foudn the answer. I contacted the manufactuer directly and they explined that they post the updates to their webstie as well as contact you via emial when htere are map updates. The current map is from Q3 2006 and is updated every 12-16 months. At that time you plug in the USB and DL the updates direct to your unit….

    Shelley - November 20th, 2007
  17. I just bought a maestro 4250. every thing is good, I like the split screen very much One thing makes me return the unit that is it can not add any europe or other country map into it. any commond Tom?

    Charles Chow - November 25th, 2007
  18. I was looking to purchase 4250, but noticed it was not WASS enabled. Is that a big deal??

    Paul - December 4th, 2007
  19. Paul, no that is not a big deal at all for auto devices where WAAS does little other than to draw down the battery faster.

    Tim - December 4th, 2007
  20. Thanks Tim for your quick response!

    Paul - December 4th, 2007
  21. Thanks Tim for your quick response! So another question..Which do you recommend…Nuvi 660 or Magallen 4250?

    Paul - December 4th, 2007
  22. Paul – depends on the features you are looking for but generally the 660 has more satisfied owners.

    Tim - December 4th, 2007
  23. I drive commercially across North America. Are there truck routes, low clearances, hazmat/dangerous commodities routing on this, or an available site to download them from?
    Thinking about purchasing one of these,( we get directions from dispatch, and our atlas, but everything helps!!!) and so far this one seems the best.

    Karen - December 8th, 2007
  24. I purchased the Magellan 4040 and the Garmin Nuvi 650. (thank goodness for the 90 return policy) I am in the process of testing both but can not decide on which unit is more reliable. The comments on the 4040 say the recalculating time is very long. I realize they both have their pros and cons.I do not need to have Mp3 or bluetooth. I am more attracted to the garmin only because of the white backround and how it looks as opposed to the green backround of the Magellan.
    The voice on the garmin also seems softer so its a little harder to understand. I know its hard for you to give a direct answer but would you suggest one over the other? I have read the comments on your website already. Also does the Magellan 4050 have the same green backround as the 4040? Thanks

    Debbie - January 2nd, 2008
  25. What is the difference between fastest time and shortest distance?

    Debbie - January 2nd, 2008
  26. Tim Sorry for the invonvience but since the above questions went unanswered, I want to correct myslef becasue I actually made an error and anything pertaining to the Magellean 4050 should be the magellean 4250. So its Magellean 4040 vs. the 4250 vs. Garmin’s 650. Sorry and I hope you can answer soon since its been over a week already, I need to make my decision. Thank you

    Debbie - January 11th, 2008
  27. Debbie,
    I have a 4250 given me for Christmas. It just stops working (twice now) and will not turn on for hours. Then, inexplicably will come on again. I’ve used older Garmins in rental cars and felt that navigating through the menus was more user friendly and natural than the Magellan. Also, if you look through the menu of POI’s with the 4250 and decide not to route to that point, you have to backtrack through the entire menu to get back to the map screen. I’m thinking (and I would check this out) the Garmin has a map button to go directly to the map screen from any other screen. I’m looking at sending the 4250 back and pay the difference for a Garmin 660. I’ll give the 4250 just one more chance. Most comments I’ve read online are favorable to the Garmin and not the Magellan. Good luck.

    Tim - January 12th, 2008
  28. Oh, and Debbie, I’m a different Tim than the Tim that hosts this site. At least I’m guessing he hosts it. Just call me Tim E.

    Tim E - January 12th, 2008
  29. Tim E: thanks for your advice. The more I read the more confused I get. The Magellan 4040 has so many more features than the Garmin 650. I don’t have problems with the 4040 like everyone says but I do have the latest 2.36 firmware. Everyone says get the garmin – the only thing I like about the garmin is how it looks on the white backround. So I was kind of hoping the Magellan 4250 was gonna be good. Is that a newer model that has not been tested yet and what happened to Tim the host of the site?
    Thanks again

    DEBBIE - January 16th, 2008
  30. Debbie,
    If you like the features and have no problems, then keep the Magellan. The 4250 is a new model that has not been tested on this site yet. When it works, it works fine but mine freezes up like many others I’ve heard of. I’ve sent my 4250 back and will be getting a Garmin 660 for this reason. As for the real Tim, I don’t know where he is.

    Tim E. - January 16th, 2008
  31. I’m here. There are millions of “you” and only one of me so unfortunately I don’t get to every question. You can read about shortest versus fastest in our article about types of routes.

    Tim - January 17th, 2008
  32. I am wondering about the comment above that says the 4250 is not WASS enabled. I can find no documentation on the Magellan website specifically saying this one way or the other. They have not yet posted specs for the 4200/3200 series. They do say that the 4000/3000 series is WASS enabled, and since the 4200/3200 are descendants of these and use the same GPS receiver (SiRFstarIII™) my guess is that they are WASS enabled. Have I missed something.

    Marc Fuller - January 27th, 2008
  33. I am trying to sort through the reviews to purchase my first gps. I don’t want the mp3 or picture/video options. What is the best brand and model for the price? Thank you.

    Vic - February 12th, 2008
  34. Tim, I am a AAA member so I was very interested in the 4250 but I am seeing comments indicating that the device has issues with locking up? I like the integrated traffic too..what is your opinion on this device? Thanks..Art

    Art - February 14th, 2008
  35. I have just purchased a 4250 and live in Canada and travel to the USA. I find that the USA/Canada maps are not linked together. For instance if I want to set up a trip from Toronto Canada to St Petersburg Florida it cannot be done. I believe that I have to set up one trip using the Canadian map from Toronto to some border crossing point and then set up another trip on the USA maps from the US border crossing point to St Petersburg. Is there a GPS unit which operates with a truly North American map. I appreciate your assistance.

    Dick - February 16th, 2008
  36. Dick, I don’t have one with me right now to check out, but I really thought it came with a seamless map. What happens when you try it?

    Tim - February 17th, 2008
  37. A few things that I’ve tried. The Canada map doesn’t accept the US style zip codes (ie 33702)and vice versa for the US map accepting the CDN style zip codes (L9R 1Y2). The US map doesn’t accept my home town of Alliston, Ontario. The CDN map won’t accept St Petersburg, Florida.

    Dick - February 17th, 2008
  38. You may wish to try asking in the Magellan forums as I seem to recall that being discussed before.

    Tim - February 17th, 2008
  39. Thanks Tim for your reply. I looked over the forum but could not see any discussions relevent to my problem.

    Dick - February 17th, 2008
  40. Dick I don’t see your question over there.

    Tim - February 17th, 2008
  41. We live in a rural area and maps that have come with our Maestro 4250 don’t reflect some roads accurately. I am wonderng if there are regional updates we can download? looks like current map is from 8/07

    Gordy - February 24th, 2008
  42. The map that came with your device is the most recent and the most detailed Magellan has made available.

    Tim - February 24th, 2008
  43. I am trying to deside which Magellan to buy as a gift, the 4040 or the 4050. I know the 4050 comes with the traffic kit, but how much is it to have the traffic kit added to the 4040 unit? Or is it different depending on location? thanks for your help.

    Natalie - February 28th, 2008
  44. If you had to choose between a Magellan 4050 or a Garmin nuvi 360 which would you buy?

    bob - March 4th, 2008
  45. Bob,
    Judging from my experience with a Magellan 4250 and my replacement Garmin 660, I would go with the Garmin. My 4250 kept freezing and was never what I expected when it did decide to operate for me. I exchanged it for the 660 and what a difference. Way more intuitive to operate, more accurate regarding position; 660 is right on and the 4250 lagged behind. the 660 picks up signal faster, automatically downloads cell phone contacts, has more features, has more control over things like brightness, has a better mount, has a lock out security feature and is just plain easier to use. I had to pay an additional 36 bucks, so big deal.
    I hope this helps.
    Tim E.

    Tim E. - March 4th, 2008
  46. Thanks for the quick response.I knew the Garmin was the better choice.I just needed someone else to make up my mind.

    bob - March 4th, 2008
  47. Debbie
    I bought the 4040. Works really well. I dont know why they say it takes long to rerout but i didnt find that to be a problem. Also, there is an update that will change the background from green to black. I bouth it about a month ago and love it. Also, if you want to add voice recognition, you can upgrade for a fee. The AAA feture is great to find many locations and their contact information. Cant really say anything bad about it only that it is a bit bulky. Hope this helps. (sorry about the spelling…English is my second lang. 🙂 )

    TC - March 5th, 2008
  48. I have the garmin 350 which i like but i have owned 2 and both have had issues with loosing signal for days at a time. garmin has told me to do updates which i have and still no luck.i am awaiting to see what they will do for me. I am looking to upgrade to a newer version of the garmin, or i am leaning toward the Magellan 4050 because i like on the reroute that you can select how far you can go down before getting back onto your destination route. does any garmin offer this or do you think they will in the near future? that is the only thing on the garmin i would like to see improved is the reroute option.

    steve hayes - March 8th, 2008
  49. Is 4050 discontinued already ?
    Does that mean stay away from it ? Or grab it before its gone ?

    PFM - March 10th, 2008
  50. Just received a 4250 as a gift from my wife, it’s my first GPS and I must say we just love it. I’m reading negative comments about it but we have not seen any of the problems reported by others. I’m a retired airline pilot and I say the 4250 is a great unit if your considering it, buy it.

    Bob - March 10th, 2008
  51. I just bought a 4250 from Costco. Mine has a blue pixel that won’t turn off. Even in night mode this one pixel is blue. I guess I will have to return it.

    elvisfan - March 17th, 2008
  52. I just purchased the 4250 a week ago. The on/off button isn’t working now. I am returning it and hopefully the replacement won’t have this problem. Has Magellan acknowledge this issue with the 4250 units. Also my 4050 has had numerous problems and I just downloaded rev. 2-36 from Magellan’s rev. 2-4 that came with the unit when I purchased it, hope this fixes those issues on that unit.

    Reggie Wells - March 24th, 2008
  53. PFM
    I am an owner of a maestro 4040 and a maestro 4050. I just purchased the 4050 [snip, see comment policy]. I bought the 4050 after returning the 4250 to costco. The unit did freeze up on me once, but the main reason I returned it is the voice prompts, they are very tinny and hard to understand in my noise toyota. The 4250 appears to be very cheaply made compared to the 4040 and 4050. There is no earphone plug and the usb connector is used for power, as well as connecting for map and system updates. The bracket holding the 4250 is also cheaply made, whereas the 4040 and 4050 come in a very rugged constructed case and the 4040 has worked flawlessly for me for the last year and a half. I have tried the Garmin 660 and it has problems with routing from the first day. No advance warning to turn until it is to late and the roads it picks are not the best route at all. I don’t know why so many people brag on the Garmin so much. I certainly dont. But to answer your question the 4050 is not discontinued, Magellan still sells and supports it. I do find the cradle mount on the traffic kit to be a little hard to remove your unit from, and wish they had addressed that. But it is a great system with clear loud volume.

    Gil - April 2nd, 2008
  54. I’m deciding between the Garmin 650 or 750. I don’t need bluetooth but I need a feature that will remember the customers address for a later date. Therefore, what do you suggest? Are there any advantage when choosing a 650 over a 750? evan choosing a 660 over a 650, or a 760 over a 750? Thx

    Kim - June 1st, 2008
  55. Pertain to my previous question to not needing a Bluetooth but needing a feature that remembers addresses for a later date. Do you suggest a Tomtom or Magellan? If so, which model? Thx

    Kim - June 1st, 2008
  56. I was wondering if any GPS system does Truck/commercial routes and non-truck routes?

    Jackie - June 17th, 2008
  57. There are a few devices out there that offer a feature that tries to only route on commercial routes– however the feedback I’ve received about them is that the data is (currently) so poor that it can’t be relied on for most routes.

    Tim - June 17th, 2008
  58. What is the difference between the 2d and 3d settings? My 4050 looks the same in both modes.

    kevin - July 12th, 2008
  59. The 2D setting is from above. Straight up from the streets. There is no feeling of distance from one street to another. Like you were in an airplane. 3D gives you the feeling of distance. As if you were actually on the street driving. Near streets look closer. Far streets look farther away. I guess you just have to decide which one you like best. Depending on what you are doing, it may be hard to tell the 2 apart sometimes.

    Allen - July 13th, 2008
  60. After having the Garmin 650, the Magellan Maestro 3100 and the Garmin 550 street pilot. I must say out of these three I was most impressed with the accuracy of the 3100 Magellan, even being a base model it was far more accurate than the other two. My 650 for some unknown reason was always 500 feet off of every destination upon my arrival and the 550 street pilot was always routing me in the wrong direction. The 3100 Magellan on the other hand didn’t have all the bells and whistles that the Garmin had but was it ever accurate. As i pulled up into my garage it would tell me that I had arrived, not 500 ft down the street or 2 houses down. When they say within 15 feet, I tell you they mean it! Just to show my loyalty to Magellan I have gone out and bought the 4050 model today, if it works anything like their base model then I have certainly made a good choice, If it works like most of the bad reviews I have read than you will be hearing from me again real soon. Untill then old habits die hard.

    Scott - August 17th, 2008
  61. Scott, your experience is very odd since all of those devices use the same map database.

    Tim - August 18th, 2008
  62. “After having the Garmin 650, the Magellan Maestro 3100 and the Garmin 550 street pilot. I must say out of these three I was most impressed with the accuracy of the 3100 Magellan, even being a base model it was far more accurate than the other two. My 650 for some unknown reason was always 500 feet off of every destination upon my arrival and the 550 street pilot was always routing me in the wrong direction. The 3100 Magellan on the other hand didn’t have all the bells and whistles that the Garmin had but was it ever accurate. As i pulled up into my garage it would tell me that I had arrived, not 500 ft down the street or 2 houses down. When they say within 15 feet, I tell you they mean it! Just to show my loyalty to Magellan I have gone out and bought the 4050 model today, if it works anything like their base model then I have certainly made a good choice, If it works like most of the bad reviews I have read than you will be hearing from me again real soon. Untill then old habits die hard.”

    Looks like I put my foot in my mouth!

    Well Old habits do die Hard I have now had the pleasure of owning a Magellan 4050 for the last 24 hours and now have gone out and bought a Garmin Nuvi 760 within the same 24 hours. What a piece of junk the Magellan 4050 was, I haven’t even had it 24 hours and the voice command has stopped working, it has also consistently routed me in the wrong direction all day long. I tell you one thing, I didn’t play around I boxed that 4050 up today for mail out tomorrow back to Radio Shack, went up to Best Buy and overpaid for a Nuvi 760 at $499.00. At this stage I’m so pissed off at Magellan I didn’t care. Could that be why they are giving them away? (Magellan Maestro Series)

    Scott - August 21st, 2008
  63. Scott,
    You have probably read my posts on the Maestro experience. Sorry you had to suffer a similar fate. I’m waiting for the nuviphone to come out to replace my stolen nuvi 660. Good luck with the Garmin.
    Tim E.

    Tim E - August 21st, 2008
  64. PS-Scott
    My 660 was extremely accurate showing the turn into my driveway from the street. The Magellan left me out on the street.

    Tim E - August 21st, 2008
  65. Tim

    Thanks for your feed back earlier regarding my disaster with the Magellan 4050 voice recognition.Which brings me to another dilemma,I have determined that I really like the voice recognition of the 4050, which the 760 doesn’t have. What I’m probably gonna do is return both of them and buy the nuvi 880. My question to you is what have you heard regarding the reliability of the voice recognition on the 880?

    Scott - August 25th, 2008
  66. I’ve found voice recognition in the Garmin Nuvi 880 to be fantastic.

    Tim - August 25th, 2008
  67. Thanks Tim,

    Its Done!

    Scott - August 25th, 2008
  68. Sluggish product. When you turn it off in one area, it doesn’t quickly (within ten minutes??) realize that the location has changed when it resumes service.

    And customer service is the worst. I specifically asked if the repair order said BOTH CHARGER AND UNIT are faulty and was assured it did.

    The charger was returned still in five pieces. I have no idea if the unit itself works because I can’t charge it. They offered to send a replacement “by 2 day shipping.” After a week I called to ask “where is it?” They said “Oh, it was sent standard shipping” and will arrive tomorrow.

    Plus they sent it to the wrong address.

    I will never buy another Magellan product. Ever.

    marti - January 30th, 2009
  69. I realize it’s been a while since any one has posted on this site but I have a problem with my new Magellan Maestro 4050. I attach it to the windshield and it seems to be tight and secure and then, suddenly, maybe 5 or 10 minutes later, the whole thing DROPS OFF. I’m afraid this will break the unit and I don’t want to use the adhesive mount since I switch between my work car and personal car. Help!!!

    Teri - May 1st, 2009
    • This happened to me a couple of times until I figured out I have a crack in the windshield at the point where I was trying to attach the suction cup, so there was no seal. I adjusted the position of the unit to get away from the crack and everything is fine.

      Marc - April 14th, 2010
  70. My Magellan Maestro 4050 in my car it would direct me from point A to point B with no problem. Then I would put it in my Big rig truck and it would switch over to Truck route it was a good thing for me I loved it. I no lonnger drive big rig, now I drive a Cement Mixer Truck and my Magellan won’t guide me on truck route. Do I have to buy a Truck route map? its been 4 years driver Cement Mixer Truck, and I really need that Truck route map.

    William Brand - September 12th, 2011

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