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Magellan RoadMate 760


Adam Engst of TidBITS has reviewed the Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS. Adam writes:

Is the Magellan RoadMate 760 the ultimate voice-navigation GPS? No, although the addition of the SayWhere technology brings it closer to my ideal device. Pretty much everything I said about the RoadMate 700 before applies to the RoadMate 760, including my gripes about the form factor, duplicated controls, lack of a battery, slow satellite lock, and occasional mis-directions (from which it helped me recover gracefully, at least). It costs between $800 and $900, depending on where you buy.

Adam continues about how the Magellan RoadMate 760 compares with other GPS systems.

Along with acting as a voice-navigation GPS device, the tiny Garmin Nuvi plays MP3s and audio books from Audible.com, displays JPEG photos, and offers utilities like a world clock, currency converter, measurement converter, and calculator. At $1,000, it appears to be price- and feature-comparable to the Magellan RoadMate 800. The StreetPilot i5 is roughly the same size as the Nuvi, but costs only about $500, thanks to money-saving features like AA batteries, a smaller and lower-quality screen, and no fancy extras like MP3 support. On the high end (about $1,300), the StreetPilot 2730 will soon offer a full set of voice-navigation features, including text-to-speech capabilities for reading street and point-of-interest names, along with XM radio support that enables it to receive XM NavTraffic reports, XM WX Weather reports, and normal XM radio – all of which can be routed to the car’s speakers via an integrated FM transmitter or with a 3.5 mm stereo headphone/line out plug.

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  1. […] GPS Information has posted an extensive review of the Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS receiver. The Magellan RoadMate 760 is a mid level GPS navigation product that features turn-by-turn directions, text to speech directions, multiple destination routing, detour functions, and pre-installed maps. This is a solid unit with a large, bright touch screen, great speaker, easy to use controls, and an intuitive interface. It comes standard with a windshield mount that is a significant improvement over the vent-type of mount shipped with previous Roadmate units… main navigation screen shows you all the key information at a glance, and the voice prompts (and tone prompts for turns) are generally timely and accurate. The “repeat” button on the top of the unit provides an update of the most recent prompt at any time. […]

    Magellan Roadmate 760 GPS Review - September 22nd, 2006
  2. […] c|net has reviewed the Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS navigation system. They really liked the speed which the RoadMate 760 can calculate routes, the text to speech directions provided as well as the new detour function and being able to route to multiple destinations. They thought it was a little over priced, however. The Magellan RoadMate 760 is the first system we’ve seen that uses text-to-speech technology–dubbed SayWhere by Magellan–for improving your driving experience, although variations on this feature are turning up in many of the latest car navigation devices, such as the Garmin StreetPilot 2720. With SayWhere enabled, the RoadMate gives actual street names in the audible driving directions rather than the typical “Turn right in X miles” command. Overall, SayWhere worked well during our testing, but there were a few occasions in which the street name was garbled or incorrect; other times, there was no street name given at all. We love the TrueView 3D box that pops up before an anticipated maneuver, displaying the actual turning direction, distance to turn, and street name. The built-in speaker is loud and clear, and once you hit 45mph, the volume level automatically increases to compensate for engine and highway noise. With all these new audible and visual driving aides, it’s virtually impossible to miss an exit. Also new to this model are SmartDetour and multidestination-routing capabilities. SmartDetour is a cool feature that assumes you are stuck in traffic if your speed falls below 15mph for a predetermined period of time, prompting the unit to automatically calculate a new route around the trouble area. You can also use the Detour option manually to get around congested streets and freeways. Multidestination routing lets you create trips using the Trip Planner that include several stops along the way. You can choose the order of your planned stops or let the RoadMate do it for you. […]

  3. […] Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS Review […]

  4. […] Thales’ (Tal – ess) navigation business, global provider of Magellan® GPS products and the creators of Hertz NeverLost®, introduced in North America the new Magellan RoadMate(tm) 760, an even easier to use portable vehicle navigation system boasting SayWhere(tm), an industry-first text-to-speech option that announces street names for upcoming maneuvers. […]

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