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TomTom XXL 550 M
 
Approximate retail price:
$160
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested TomTom XXL 550 although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: 4.7- to 7-inch screen GPS
About - TomTom XXL 550 M

The TomTom XXL 550 M is a GPS available from TomTom. The XXL 550 M typically costs $160 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on GPS models like the XXL 550 M.


Screen size (in.):
The diagonal length of the display screen measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth on an inch.

Weight (oz.):
Measured weight of just the unit (excluding mount) in ounces rounded to the nearest tenth.

Spoken street names:
Commonly referred to as "Text-to-Speech," this helpful feature is the ability to pronounce proper street names. For example, a system with this feature would say, "Turn right on Truman Avenue" rather than, "Turn right in 500 feet." Spoken street names allows the driver to confirm directions with street signs without looking at the screen.

Tested Model
The Ratings of TomTom XXL 550 were applied to untested model TomTom XXL 550 M, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
TomTom XXL 550
Price range:
$78.19 - $87.81
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About This Brand

Founded in Amsterdam in 1991, TomTom now has offices Europe, North America, and Asia. The company Web site claims that TomTom is the world's largest provider of navigation devices, with sales in 30 countries and online. We've found TomTom devices to be among the easiest to use in our testing, but the company also offers tech-savvy users options to customize their units. Celebrity voices are available, and TomTom invites customers to update maps and POI information, and share it with other users.

Features & Specs - TomTom XXL 550 M
info Screen size (in.) 5.0
info Weight (oz.) 7.2
info Bluetooth hands-free calling No
info Spoken street names Yes
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User Reviews - TomTom XXL 550 M
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Very nice GPS and a great buy
1/24/2011
Pros
Acquires Satellites Quickly
Compact
Does not say "recalculati
Easy Menus
Easy To Read
Easy To Set Up
Great lane guidance
Large Screen
Reliable Performance
Simple Controls
Cons
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Faster Routes
Finding Specific Address
Planning Trips
Rural Navigation
Urban Navigation
Vacations
Comment:
My unit is the 550 TM so it has both traffic and lifetime Maps which I helped pick out for a birthday. I like the idea of having 4 updates per year available. I got this unit since my 3 year old GPS needed new maps and it was not that much more than a map update to get a whole new unit with lifetime maps. My wife likes the larger screen. In order to use the Traffic feature the unit must be plugged in so the short battery life is not a big issue. It recalculates quickly and quietly.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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