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Magellan RoadMate 5145T-LM Review

Magellan’s RoadMate 5145T-LM has a 5 inch color touch screen display which is the largest in the Magellan range of automotive turn-by-turn GPS satellite navigators. The RoadMate has wide range of features including spoken street names, maps covering US, Canada and Puerto Rico, highway lane assist, 6 million POI, AAA Tourbook, Find-your-car and multi-destination routing. As well as getting a much larger than average display, the display has good color reproduction, contrast and is a transmissive LCD for easier viewing sunlight – unlike media tablet and smart phone displays one would use with a navigation app. The free map upgrades are a valuable inclusions as up to 10 percent of roads can change in a year increasing the chance of erroneous route calculations unless maps are updated regularly. The time savings from avoiding traffic congestion can be a prime reason for using a GPS device if one does a regular commute – so free traffic reports are a very useful inclusion.

Magellan RoadMate 5145T-LM GPS Navigator
The feature range for the Magellan RoadMate 5145T-LM includes all features of the previously reviewed 5045LM with the inclusion of
SD Slot
Speed Limits – gives you the option of having speed limits displayed for major roadways
Periodic Reporting for storing business mileage in one convenient file for expense reporting
Branded POI and POIs along Route
Smart City Search – predicts city being looked for based on current position and navigation history
Smart Detour – triggered when speed drops under 20 percent of the posted freeway speed limit to display the detour button for options to avoid congestion.
QWERTY/ABCD keyboard
Find your Car – in large or unfamiliar car parks
Pedestrian mode
Review Summary
The Magellan’s RoadMate 5145T-LM features such as traffic updates, free map updates, periodic reporting, multi-destination routing and smart detour make it a good choice for those who travel extensively for work. For more details on other features read our full review of the Magellan RoadMate 5045LM.

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