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Magellan RoadMate 1700

Magellan RoadMate 1700
alaScore 83

1294 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1294 reviews of Magellan RoadMate 1700. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and performance. The size and screen also get good comments, but there are mixed comments on the durability and reliability.

usability, screen, size, performance, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan RoadMate 1700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1169 user reviews of Magellan RoadMate 1700 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Views about the price and performance are generally positive. The size and screen also get good views, whereas views about the durability and reliability are mixed.

usability, screen, size, performance, price

74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan RoadMate 1700 7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorMagellan RoadMate 1700LM-7-inch Portable GPS with Lifetime MapsMagellan RoadMate 1700 7-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Antuan Goodwin (

Magellan RoadMate 1700 review: Magellan RoadMate 1700


Compared with the 3.5-inch screen size standard of older personal navigation devices, as well as current entry-level devices, today's 4.3-inch and 5-inch units seem downright huge. More screen real estate means easier viewing and faster data inputs....

The Magellan RoadMate's OneTouch menu puts the most commonly accessed destinations and searches at your fingertips at all times. The smartly designed destination confirmation screen gives you a good deal of flexibility as to how they get where they're...

In urban environments, the 1700 takes longer to establish satellite lock and can be inaccurate. Its 7-inch screen size may be too much for smaller dashboards and can make mounting it awkward. Its battery life is extremely short.

The Magellan RoadMate 1700 isn't a GPS device for everyone, but with its huge screen and road-trip-friendly features, we think truckers and RV drivers will love it.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Magellan RoadMate 1700


Got a case of screen-size envy? You just might after seeing the Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS. It offers a bright, brilliant 7-inch screen for a very reasonable $299 (direct). While it doesn't boast a ton of features, it's an excellent choice for anyone...

Big, bright 7-inch screen. Sharp map graphics. Easy POI searches. Useful AAA TourBook

No real-time traffic reports. Doesn't display the current road speed limit. Display could be more informative. Might not fit on some dashboards or windshields

The Magellan RoadMate 1700 is a top choice for anyone who buys their gadgets by the inch. You won't find this much screen real estate for this little cash with any other GPS on the market.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (

Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS Review


Large, bright 7-inch screen ; Excellent POI handling with built-in AAA tour book

No traffic receiver ; Video input didn't work as expected

If your vehicle can accommodate a GPS device with an enormous 7-inch screen, the RoadMate will prove to be a worthwhile travel companion.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: (

Magellan RoadMate 1700


It's got a big screen, which is the ultimate draw card of the Magellan RoadMate 1700. Other features of the unit are available in lower end models and for a decreased price, but you won't have the visibility that the 7 inch screen provides. Power...

7 inch widescreenLane Assist features6 Million Points of InterestA/V Input

Higher power requirements

To find a standout benefit of the Magellan RoadMate 1700 it is hard to...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Jonathan McLelland (

Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS Review, Model: RM1700SGXUC


The Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS, Model: RM1700SGXUC has been developed to provide you with seamless directions to anywhere in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: wubayou (

Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS


Mostly aimed at owners of large vehicles, the Magellan RoadMate 1700 is a GPS with a large 7-inch display. Its feature set is pretty basic, but it does offer all the essentials along with good performance. The RoadMate 1700 can be bought for a retail...

Despite the large 7-inch screen, which can be nearly twice the size of that found on many other GPS devices, the RoadMate 1700 is very thin, even when compared to competing units. It measures only 0.6 inches thick, and is 7.5 inches wide and 4.2 inches...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: (

Magellan RoadMate 1700 – slow and inaccurate in urban areas


The Magellan RoadMate 1700 looks like any other RoadMate GPS device. It has 7 inches wide-screen that is larger than 3.5 and 4.3 inches PND displays. The large touch-screen gives more space for accessing menus and maps. $232.94 priced the RoadMate 1700...

Large 7-inch touch screen; OneTouch menu with frequently accessed searches and destination; well-designed destination confirmation screen

Slow and inaccurate to lock position in urban areas; large screen may be bigger for small dashboards; short battery life

If you need a large screen PND for your vehicle and can overcome slow speed, then buy – Magellan RoadMate 1700.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Francis Parker (

Review: Magellan RoadMate 1700


The Magellan RoadMate 1700 was designed to be bigger than most if not all of the personal navigational devices ever manufactured. Its manufacturers believed that bigger was better.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Magellan RoadMate 1700


The Magellan RoadMate 1700 sports one of the largest screens available of any after-market navigation device — a whopping seven inches! Clearly aimed at truck and RV drivers, the 1700 also offers lane assist and multi-destination routing.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (

Review: Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS


If your vehicle can accommodate a GPS device with an enormous 7-inch screen, the RoadMate will prove to be a worthwhile travel companion.

Bigger is not always better, though. In a large vehicle, such as an RV or a truck, the RoadMate 1700 is probably the perfect size, as the distance between the driver and the GPS is greater than in an automobile. In my Toyota Camry, though, the RoadMate...

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Navigate in style with the Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS device with the exclusive and highly acclaimed OneTouch favorites menu and a high-resolution 7-inch wide color touch screen. Easy-to-use premium features such as QuickSpell with SmartCity search, highway exit POI search, spoken street name guidance, AAA TourBook and AAA Member Roadside Assistance help ensure confidence and safety on the road to deliver a powerful and enjoyable navigation experience.


Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:7 / 7"
Diagonal Size (metric):17.8 cm

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / USA / Puerto Rico

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Magellan Navigation
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan RoadMate