As a traveling salesperson I use my GPS daily and often. I’ve owned a Harmon Kardon, Navigon, Garmin and this is my second Magellan. I bought this Magellan 3045-LM for about $130 at a local Best Buy and my initial impression after 1 month of use is that I’m not that impressed.
First off the box contains everything you’d expect for using a GPS: USB cable to car charger, window suction cup, instruction manual… the one thing I see missing is the self-adhesive “hockey puck” that many manufacturers include so you can suction it anywhere in you car. This unit also has “Lifetime Map Updates” which is the only reason I bought this one over the model that was $20 cheaper.
Here are a few of my gripes on the Roadmate 3045-LM. First: No manual volume control. This sounds petty, but when an important call comes through and I have speaker phone on the last thing I want to do is fumble through the menu on the LCD screen to quickly turn it down or up. This is also irritating while driving if I’ve turned the GPS down and I need to quickly turn it back up to hear directions. I’m guessing it costs about $0.20 more per unit to build in an actual tactile volume up and down toggle switch, I’d be willing to pay $10.00 more for a GPS with this feature. Second: You have to know the North, East, South and West designation for your destination. While entering your destination address the Roadmate 3045-LM forces you to choose the directional designation while models like the Garmin do not. If you are not sure, unfortunatley you’ll have to guess. Third: The window GPS holder is a hot mess. You actually have to slide the GPS unit down from the top. Since your windshield is slanted at a 45 degree angle towards you this can become somewhat of a problem… however, this is only where your issue begins. Magellan designed an awkward USB slot so that you can pop the USB charger cord directly into the windshield holder. I’m guessing they did this as a cost saving feature of some sort. This means that as you’re sliding the GPS unit down, you have to align the unit with both hands to fit & connect with the USB charger at the bottom of the holder. You’ll also have to wiggle it free when removing. This is completely unnecesary when you compare it to most of the “pop-in” styles of cradels on the market.
Here are some of the things I like about the RoadMate 3045-LM: Large 4.7″ LCD screen, free lifetime map updates, and multi-destination routing. Multi-destination routing is important when your in sales because you can pop in 6 addresses and hit go and the GPS will give the most optimal route… this feature is a deal breaker for me. I’ve also noticed that the RoadMate 3045-LM can acquire satellites much faster than any other GPS I’ve owned.. it is always connected by the time I’ve finished entering my destination address.
Although the RoadMate 3045-LM has many more features I haven’t covered I thought it best to focus on the most important. Manufacturers seem to building a lot of bells & whistles into their devices without trying to perfect the most basics of functionality. Unfortunately, the “basics” are the reason I buy something, the rest is supposed to be the icing.
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