Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM Review

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You can forgive a budget GPS for not excelling at every task, but the one thing it must be is accurate, and this unit isn't nearly as accurate as it should be. Combine that with the its relatively high price and the upshot is a product to forget.

Magellan is one of the biggest players in the GPS market and lays claim to several good models. Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM reviews, however, indicate that this one fails to meet expectations. It takes heat in a Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM review by PC Mag for slow route recalculations and location accuracy, sometimes needing as long as five minutes to lock back in to a satellite. The expert review also complains that the device can be slow to announce turns, which occasionally results in missing a turn altogether. The overall assessment in a Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM review by Pocket GPS World isn’t much different. The GPS display runs on an older operating system and the processor lacks heft, a combination that the reviewer says creates a “barely acceptable” experience for users. Moreover, traffic updates -- a prized feature -- are not always current. Concerns about accuracy likewise arise in a Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM review by GPS Tracklog, which cites POI errors (e.g., business brand changes that aren’t recorded in the database) and sporadic routing missteps.

The Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM (starting at $140, Amazon) features a 5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 272 and more than seven million points of interest. It gives turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names and boasts a “landmark guidance” feature that adds detail to the routing directions by announcing something like “turn right at First National Bank.” The package also includes speed limit alerts, free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts, and for the first year traffic and speed camera alerts. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery runs on its own for up to two hours.

Unfortunately, with a starting price that exceeds the other entry-level GPS systems we researched and a performance that doesn’t compare, the RoadMate 5230T-LM simply isn’t a very good deal.

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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