Magellan RoadMate 860T
The Magellan RoadMate 860T has been officially released by Thales. The new RoadMate should be available in stores in May at a retail cost of $799. The “t” in the product name means that this Magellan RoadMate has traffic reporting and avoidance capabilities through the SmartDetour service. A 15 month subscription to the traffic service will be included with the RoadMate 860t.
Text-to-Speech is also offered in the RoadMate 860T (which Magellan calls SayWhere) so not only are verbal directions such as “turn left” included, but it can also say the street name, “turn left on Main street”.
The Magellan RoadMate 860T also includes a host of multimedia options making your travels more enjoyable. You can listen to music and view photos stored on the 860T’s 10GB of remaining storage space. The 860T comes with a 20GB hard drive.
“The Magellan RoadMate 860T builds upon the benefits, flexibility and value the Magellan RoadMate 800 offered as the ultimate multimedia travel partner,” said Raj Mitra, director of product marketing. “The Magellan RoadMate 860T not only provides enhanced navigation performance with live traffic updates but also delivers more than twice the available memory for multimedia file storage.”
The SmartDetour service is not available in all areas, however it does come in handy for many of the larger metropolitan areas. You can choose to have the Magellan RoadMate 860T simply alert you to upcoming traffic, or to automatically reroute you around trouble-spots.
NAVTEQ maps of the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands come preinstalled on the 20 GB hard drive. There is also an optional package to have maps from 27 European countries loaded on the Magellan RoadMate 860T if you are a really worldly traveler.
Additional features include a smart volume function where the volume automatically adjusts to your current speed, an integrated battery to facilitate using the device for advance planning while not in the car or for playing music and photos out of the car.
The Magellan RoadMate 860T comes with a POI database of over six million points which include phone numbers. A night view option automatically changes the colors on the display so your eyes retain better night vision.
As for goodies, along with the Magellan RoadMate 860T you get a windshield mount, cradle, USB cable, AC adapter, headphones, protectiv pouch, and power adapter.