Magellan RoadMate 760 Portable GPS

Magellan RoadMate 760 Portable GPS Vehicle Navigation System

GPS navigation is easier than ever with your Magellan RoadMate 760. Turn-by-turn voice guidance with SayWhere text-to-speech technology tells you when to take that next turn, including the name of the street and distance to the turn. Use the simple menus with QuickSpell to enter an address on the touch screen, or find nearby gas stations, restaurants, ATMs and more by selecting from nearly 7 million pre-programmed points of interest

Magellan had a hit with the RoadMate 700, and with good reason: finally, thanks to the 700's big internal hard drive, travelers could simply turn on their vehicle GPS unit and go, without the hassle of loading base-maps. Plus, the 700 offered great features like turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompts and 3D rendering of upcoming turns. Plus, the unit had intuitive controls that offered fast rerouting when you missed a turn or decided to take a detour.

With the successor model, the RoadMate 760, Magellan has kept everything the same, while adding a few features that make this model a compelling upgrade or a great first-time unit for folks who are just joining the vehicle GPS craze.

Magellan RoadMate 760 Portable GPS Features: [link]
  • Built-in 20 GB hard drive with preloaded North American maps
  • Room for 300 PDA address book uploads; 6.6 by 3.3 by 1.5 inches (W x H x D)
  • In-car GPS navigation system with user-friendly touch-screen interface
  • Turn-by-turn 3D directions with voice prompting in 11 languages
  • 3.8-inch TFT color display automatically adjusts to lighting changes

Magellan RoadMate 760 Portable GPS Technical data

  • Display: 3.8-inch anti-glare TFT color touch screen
  • Display dimensions: 2.25 by 3 inches
  • Resolution: 320 by 240 QVGA, 32,000 colors
  • Storage: 20 GB hard drive
  • Audio : Integrated speaker
  • GPS antenna: Integrated, detachable
  • Map coverage: 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada
  • User interface: Touch screen or dynamic keypad input
  • Plug-n-play: Yes (maps are preloaded)
  • Route calculator: Shortest time, shortest distance, light freeways, heavy freeways
  • Turn-by-turn directions: Yes, 3D view with voice prompts
  • Languages: 11 (French, U.K. and U.S. English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish)
  • Route recalculation: Yes
  • Address book: Yes, 100 addresses per user (300 total)
  • Points of interest: 7 million
  • Item width: 6.6 inches
  • Item height: 3.3 inches
  • Item depth: 1.5 inches
  • Item weight: 13 ounces
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • What's in the Box: Magellan RoadMate 760, cradle and plate assembly, windshield mount, alcohol swab, power cable, 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter, detachable antenna, user's manual
Amazon Customer Review: [link]
I did a ton of research and I am really happy with this device. It is a step up from the 700, and the features such as audible street names really make it a viable substitute to the factory installed units.

It uses NAVTEQ mapping like most major car companies. TomTom uses Teleatlas, which many have found to be less accurate.

The 760 has performed flawlessly, and I highly recommend it!

Some small gripes:

I live in NYC, and the only problem is that the signal can get lost for a little bit around large buildings downtown. This is true of all systems. Even if this happens, the 760 gives you the directions to follow until the signal picks up again. This might be solved by picking up the external antenna, but I haven't done that yet.

Since there is no internal battery, if you turn off the car at a a gas station, the 760 powers off. It saves the route and where you are, but still takes a minute to find satellites again.

Other than these issues, it is a champ.
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