TomTom Via 1405TM Review


The Via 1405TM includes traffic alerts as well as free lifetime map updates and other desirable features, but reviewers report the device can be slow to receive signals and calculate routes.

The Via 1405TM from TomTom delivers in some dimensions but not so much in others. The TomTom Via 1405TM review by GPS Tracklog commends the intuitive interface despite momentary lags, the speed limit alert, the efficient routing that accounts for the time of day and day of the week, and a very solid windshield mount. And while the review gives an overall high-five for core functionality, it does note that satellite lock-in is somewhat slow, a finding dittoed by users. The consensus assessment in TomTom Via 1405TM reviews at Newegg focuses on its accuracy and user-friendliness -- easy to set the destination, easy to read -- while conceding some sluggishness in calculating routes. We noted a spot of grousing about glare on the GPS display and one TomTom Via 1405TM review at Walmart says the device refused to route him the way he wanted but recalculated when he disregarded the directions. Another post crows about the alternate routing that saved 45 minutes of wading through traffic.

The rich feature set on the portable TomTom Via 1405TM (starting at $110, Amazon) proves to be a crowd pleaser. This model comes with free lifetime map and traffic updates and a related sharing function provides on-demand updates about route and map inaccuracies, speed limit changes, and 7 million points of interest. Additional features include spoken street names and voice prompts, a 3D view of upcoming intersections, indications whether the destination is to the right or left, speed alerts and lane guidance, and efficient routing based on a proprietary database of travel times. The Via 1405TM comes preloaded with maps of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada and the 4.3-inch color touchscreen has a resolution of 480 x 272.

Considering its low price, the TomTom Via 1405TM boasts lots of features and easy usability. Slightly slow deliverables are its primary weakness. This isn't necessarily a deal killer, and many users are willing to trade momentary delays for more features. But for some, tardy habits may be too big an annoyance.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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