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.