Most people appreciate having the helping hand of a GPS unit to help them navigate both familiar and unfamiliar roads. For those looking for a basic GPS unit with an easy interface, the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM is on option on the market now.
For those looking for a cheaper GPS option, the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM could be a good choice. Magellan doesn’t have as much brand awareness as Garmin or TomTom, but it still navigates drivers from point A to point B. This system is only compatible with Windows, so Apple users will not be able to download map updates.
- Five-inch color touchscreen
- Lifetime map updates, lifetime traffic alerts and highway lane assist
- OneTouch favorites, six million point of interest and AAA TourBook
- Pre-loaded with maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico
- Lane assist gives drivers a picture of exits and appropriate lanes
Pros and Cons
The Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM is a pretty basic GPS unit. Unlike some of the fancier models, this GPS comes with standard features and not much extra (no Bluetooth or voice-command capabilities). It has easy menu options, making it user friendly even for customers unfamiliar with GPS navigation systems. It has a five-inch screen, not as big as some TomTom versions but larger than many of the older Garmin systems. It also has a color display and lane assist, to help drivers navigate through new exits or lane changes.
One downside of the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM is its point of interest feature. It has less points of interest listed than many similar units by other manufacturers. Numerous reviewers also mentioned the unit periodically shuts down in the middle of a trip. They also said the GPS sent them on roundabout routes, not using the most direct path or sending them on roads that did not exist.
Some reviewers also mentioned the voice on the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM is difficult to understand – when it names roads, it often mumbles them. One GPS model that has acclaimed reviews of it’s voice command is the Garmin nüvi 2595LMT, which is definitely a unit worth checking out if you’re shopping for a GPS system.
Who will like this GPS?
The reviews are mixed – some like the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM, others dislike it. However, if customers want a unit that works more consistently and with a better rating, they should look at Garmin and TomTom products. Magellan also lacks a good customer service department according to other reviewers, so if that is an important part of a consumer’s GPS purchase, he or she should look at buying from another company.
Since this unit is also only compatible with Windows, Mac users should not purchase this unit.
For those looking for an inexpensive GPS unit, the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM could be a good option. Though it has mixed reviews, many users do like the unit and feels it performs well. While it doesn’t come with some of the more advanced options available in similar GPS units, the price may be right to make it a good purchase.