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Magellan RoadMate 9055 and 9055-LM GPS Navigator Review

The Magellan RoadMate 9055 and 9055-LM have an exceptionally large 7 inch display is 50% larger than the average 4.3 inch display and is ideal for large passenger cabins such as an RV or SUV. It’s a similar screen size to in-dash units and is able to display more information helping reduce the drivers eyes time away from the road. This RoadMate has an excellent range of premium features including; multi-destination routing, Bluetooth for hands free calls, highway lane assist, built-in AAA TourBook and a database of over 6 million of Points of Interest, One Touch Interface, (POI) and rear back-up camera video-in port.

Magellan RoadMate 9055 GPS Navigator
Both versions of the Roadmate 9055 come with Magellan’s Free Lifetime Traffic Feature which provides ongoing updates of traffic conditions. As well as enabling the calculation of shortcuts around congestion and saving fuel, the traffic data improves the time of arrival estimate. If one is regularly commuting over the same route, the Traffic feature can be a significant benefit to owning a GPS navigator.

Both versions of the 9055 are preloaded with maps for the 50 United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with optional maps for Europe available. The LM prefix version comes with free Lifetime Map Updates (four each year for lifetime of product). Maps can change up up to 15 percent each year and as accurate maps are essential for correct route calculations, it makes excellent sense to choose to have the free Lifetime Map Updates.

Other Notable Features of the Magellan RoadMate 9055
Spoken Street Names (and directions) thanks to text-to-speech capability allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road.

Highway Lane Assist shows realistic highway signs to help choose the correct lane well ahead of an exit ramp.

Highway exit POIs Search an excellent tool for the traveller to finds gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and more near upcoming highway exits.

Multi-destination Routing lets you plan your trip with multiple stops. It’s possible to choose the order or have the RoadMate automatically optimize your route.

Route Customization allows customization of route calculation by setting a preference for the shortest distance, fastest time, most use of freeways, or least use of freeways

Automatic Re-route for if you miss a turn allowing the Magellan RoadMate to automatically calculate a route to bring you back on track.

Auto Night View adjusts your screen’s color and contrast for an easier to read display at night.

Both RoadMate 9055 model versions come with a specialized heavy-duty extension (three points of articulation) mount to bring it closer to the driver. A specialized multi-surface mounting pad is included to safely securing the device given its long reach and weight. Standard inclusions with the GPS unit include; the extension mount and cradle, vehicle power adapter and USB data cord.

Review Summary – Magellan RoadMate 9055 and 9055-LM
The Magellan RoadMate 9055 model has numerous features making it a good choice for owners of larger passenger vehicles (RVs and SUVs) including; a 7 inch display, extension arm, highway lane assist, AAA TourBook and the rear back-up camera video-in port (you can also just use it for displaying videos).

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