Magellan RoadMate 2000
The Magellan RoadMate 2000 is at the bottom end of Magellan’s new 2000 series. The 2000 series represents a new crossover design which are designed for both outdoor activities and auto navigation. The 2000 features a 3.5 inch touch screen display as well as 3D maps and the infamous SiRFstarIII chipset in a design that costs $399.
The RoadMate 2000 is also quite light weighing 7.8 ounces. There are 1.3 million POIs loaded as well as map coverage of the 48 contiguous US States. Navigation options which come standard on most GPS devices are included such as navigating via the shortest time, shortest route, using the most freeways, or using the fewest freeways.
Other navigation features include a predictive text entry for addresses and POIs. Based on what you have typed in so far, the Magellan 2000 tries to be smart and figure out where you are trying to go, making address entry faster. Night views are made simpler by having an automatic switch function which can be manually overridden if necessary. You can also choose to avoid specific streets within a route. While many other GPS devices have this feature, some of the more popular models do not. Avoiding specific areas can be handy, so it is nice that this feature is included in the RoadMate 2000.
When comparing this device to other models, be sure to check out the size. This device is a bit wider and thicker than other models in the same class. For most people this shouldn’t be a huge issue, but it does make it a little more difficult to toss in a shirt pocket when you leave the vehicle.
Being an entry level device, there is no Bluetooth, multimedia, or traffic capabilities. However at the advertised price, you wouldn’t expect to get those features and many people never use any of those features.
An internal, Lithium-Ion battery is included (unlike other Magellan models) and it should provide about three hours of battery life. Lower than many other GPS devices in its class, however plenty long enough for most drives if you happen to forget the charger.
If you are looking for something smaller, check out the Nuvi 200 from Garmin which has similar map coverage, but in a smaller design. You would give up multi-destination routing, however.
If you are looking for a GPS which can also display topo maps, has the capability of connecting to live traffic reports, and has a much longer battery life, look at the RoadMate 2200T which has those features for about $100 more.