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Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS Review

Oct
15
2005

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.

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