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Magellan Roadmate 1700
 
Approximate retail price:
$170
Summary: This Magellan has a 7-inch LCD screen. It is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico.
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Type: 5-inches and above screen size
About - Magellan Roadmate 1700
The Roadmate 1700 has a 7-inch LCD screen. Notable features include multi-destination routing, a carrying case, an exit guide, reality view, and lane assistance. This unit is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico.

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About This Brand

Magellan develops and distributes vehicle navigation, crossover GPS, and outdoor handheld navigation products. It currently sells RoadMate and SmartGPS brand lines for automobiles. 

Features & Specs - Magellan Roadmate 1700
info Weight (oz.) 10.6
info Bluetooth hands-free calling No
info Spoken street names Yes
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User Reviews - Magellan Roadmate 1700
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5.0
Magellan RoadMate 1700-LM
2/19/2012
Pros
Acquires Satellites Quickly
Easy Menus
Easy To Read
Easy To Setup
Large Screen
Reliable Performance
Simple Controls
Cons
None
Best Uses
Faster Routes
Finding Specific Address
Geocaching
Planning Trips
Rural Navigation
Urban Navigation
Comment:
Magellan RoadMate 1700-LM (Refurbished) on the MAGELLAN WEB SITE. I LOVE IT & I SAVED A BUNDLE PLUS I JUST PICKED UP THE BACK UP CAMERA FOR IT. IT'S WIRELESS TOOK 20MIN. TO HOOK UP, EASY. BUY ONE <br />BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
A very capable unitb
2/19/2011
Pros
Easy Menus
Easy To Read
Easy To Set Up
Large Screen
Simple Controls
Cons
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Faster Routes
Finding Specific Address
Rural Navigation
Urban Navigation
Comment:
We bought this unit for a cross-country trip and chose it based on the CR review. We have not been disappointed.<br /><br />First, the screen is huge, which is good for older eyes. Second, we managed to get it up and running without much reference to the user manual, but we do recommend that the full manual be downloaded from the manufacturer site since there are more detailed instructions than in the supplied printed manual. Third, we found it to be a great help, especially when searching the POI database for restaurants and rest areas.<br /><br />There are three flaws that I would call worthy of mention. First, it always seems to show your position 50 to 100 feet short of where you actually are, which means that you can miss a turn if you're not careful, especially if you're moving fairly rapidly. This is more of a problem in cities than with rural roads, since the chances for confusion are greater. That said, you CAN adapt, and we did, by starting to look for predicted turns earlier.<br /><br />Second, when resuming a trip from a parking lot (as when leaving a motel or restaurant), it's not always clear which way you're supposed to turn to get back on track, and we found ourselves having to reverse direction more than once when resuming our trip after an overnight stay. This COULD have been a result of our habit of programming a new destination every morning (each days' destination was a hotel), but it was annoying to have to guess when exiting the motel parking lot, and then having to reverse course when the choice turned out to be wrong.<br /><br />Third, updates to the map cost $80...they ought to be free.<br /><br />Absent those complaints, we found the 1700 to be generally reliable and accurate, and do not regret our purchase.<br /><br />A few nits to pick which I am given to understand are characteristic of GPS units in general.<br /><br />- The vocal commands, while clear enough with standard phrases (Turn right, etc.), are fuzzy and sometimes garbled when speaking street names.<br /><br />- You can't program the unit to follow a specific numbered route (the purpose of our trip was to follow U.S. Route 20 to its terminus in Oregon, and following a route through urban areas can be confusing), so we had to pick destinations along the way that didn't allow alternate routing.<br /><br />- While there are settings for fastest route and minimum use of freeways, etc., there is no setting for shortest route, although this can sometimes be accomplished by selecting a detour.<br /><br />- Occasionally (like once a week), it gets lost, but a quick reset or off/on sequence fixes things without losing your destination.<br /><br />- The 1700 offers detours when it senses that you're not moving, the assumption being that you're in a traffic jam...but by the time it suggests the alternate routes, you're stuck in the jam and can't get there, so it's of limited usefulness.<br /><br />A couple of comments to address points in other reviews...there ARE both 2D and 3D display modes (just touch the screen to toggle), and the maps that are used for GPS devices all come from the same source, so if there's an error with one device, it'll probably be in every device. Google your house, for example, and see how close to reality the map is (ours is 5 houses off in Google Earth). Also, it's true that the device is heavy...too heavy for the supplied windshield support...but we just located it so that it rests on the dash with the windshield support simply holding it upright. We also located it at the far side of the dash (in a small German sedan) so that the person riding shotgun controls it; it's big enough so that the driver can see it at that distance, but all work with the controls is done by the passenger (which is safer anyway).<br /><br />In sum, it's not a perfect device, but then neither are any of the others, and this one is easy to see. I'd recommend it without reservation, as long as the size isn't a problem.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Returned it to store
12/27/2010
Pros
Easy Menus
Easy To Read
Easy To Set Up
Large Screen
Cons
Inaccurate
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Comment:
Loved the huge screen although that big of a screen apparently burns through the batteries very quickly so this would not be a good unit to take hiking with you.<br /><br />Although I liked the screen and much of the functionality I decided to return it to the store after driving on numerous routes where I was already completely familiar with the roads and discovering the unit would give wildly inaccurate turn information sometimes asking me to turn on a road that did not exist and has not existed in that spot for the 10 years I have driven that route. My home street was there but according to the 1700 it was a half a mile from where the street really is. All this can be mildly amusing when traveling on a road you are familiar with, but when In unfamiliar territory one must be able to trust the GPS and after all the inaccurate turn information it gave me during my recent trips I just can't trust this one. Note that none of these roads I was traveling on were new or even had any new features added to them so it is not a question of the map is just not quite up to date with the latest changes. Either I got a bum unit or the maps are just not as good as the Garmin series. For the time being I will stick with my Garmin Nuvi and wait for them to come out with a larger screen.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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