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Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM

alaTest has collected and analyzed 391 reviews of Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and maps. The screen and price also get good reviews, but many are less positive about the design and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 user reviews of Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Views about the size and screen are generally positive. The maps and price also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the design, and views about the durability and reliability are different.

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66% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM 5-Inch Navigator with Lifetime Maps and TrafficMagellan RoadMate 5230T-LM 5-Inch Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Traffic

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM


The Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM GPS device simply isn't accurate enough, even though its 5-inch screen and budget price make it seem like a good value.

Easy-to-understand UI. Type-ahead address entry works well.

Unusually poor GPS reception. Sluggish frame rate.

Voice Prompts, Traffic, and Conclusions The RoadMate 5230T-LM offers text-to-speech, which is a common feature now but used to be missing from low-end devices a few years ago. Audio prompts are clear and quite loud, if not always well-timed; I'm pretty...

Jul, 2012

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Great for the Price


Could not even tell this was a refurbished GPS. Worked great on a recent trip. The speed limit posting on the device was a great advantage and telling me of upcoming traffic cameras was also beneficial. Great GPS.

Oct, 2015

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Magellan Roadmate 5230T-LM


My 4th Magellan Gps,very dependable eversince.

Sep, 2015

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It worked great


It worked great got me where I wanted to call brought me back. I recommend it for people that can afford the brand new. I used to have a repair center if there's one thing I know about refurbs after they repair them they go through a rigorous test to...

Sep, 2015

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works great


I have had this for a short time but I used it on a road trip and it worked perfectly. I downloaded the software from Magellan website to my pc and updated the maps and traffic alerts in about 45 minutes and I had no problems. For a refurbished product...

Sep, 2015

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I was not impressed with this product and debated about sending it back. When you touched the screen it took a while for it to recognize what letters and numbers you were punching in. It seems like it's broken but I was in a pinch and needed to use it....

Sep, 2015

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Seems to be a good unit and a great price as well

Sep, 2015

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I've tried to get it to work and it doesn't want to receive a signal from the satellites. It is completely worthless. I even tried downloading the map update and it still doesn't work. I'm not sure what the next step is other than sending it back to...

Sep, 2015

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Overall I am pleased with this unit for the price paid. Has been very accurate. Only gripe is about the blue traffic screen that I get if traffic is bad. You have to chose an option or you are staring at the blue traffic text screen.

Sep, 2015

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all that's wrong is it doesn't show speed zone you are in

Sep, 2015