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Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the voice guidance and performance are overall positive. The value for money and screen are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the design and route planning.

usability, screen, value for money, performance, voice guidance

build quality, route planning, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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The GPS does not know the difference from a fork in the road and a multiply lane U turn on highways that have a divided highway with U turns . The unit talks to you every 1/4 mile with KEEP RIGHT OF FORK when there is no fork. It drives me crazy when it sounds off all the time. It also does announce U turns on these same highways.

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Magellan RoadMate 9055


If you've ever envied luxury cars, with their big, built-in LCDs for GPS navigation, the 7-inch Magellan RoadMate 9055 may be just what you need to cure your lust. MiTac International has taken its existing RoadMate 1700 ($299.99, 3.5 stars), which we...

Extra-large, 7-inch LCD. Very fast UI and POI search. Unusually flexible mount works in a wide variety of vehicles. Free lifetime traffic with no ads. Useful AAA TourBook. A/V input

Chosen routes aren't always the quickest. No speed limit signs. Map updates cost extra. Its sheer size could be an issue in smaller vehicles

Not only does the Magellan RoadMate 9055 portable GPS device pack a huge 7-inch screen, it's a solid performer on the road, and it's exceptionally easy to use.

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Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM


The Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM ($249.99 direct), like other personal navigation devices, faces an uphill battle. Cell phone nav apps and in-car navigation systems are increasingly intruding on their turf, even though stand-alone GPS devices typically...

Includes lifetime map updates. Big, bright 5-inch screen. Very fast boot-up. Clear voice prompts. Easy address entry and POI search

Doesn't display road speed limits or current speed. A little too talkative on the highway. Occasional ads

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Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM


The Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM is Magellan's most popular model as I write this, and with good reason. It offers an ultra-wide 5” screen, along with lifetime traffic and lifetime map updates, all for a very reasonable price.

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Magellan RoadMate 9055 review


The Magellan RoadMate 9055 is one of several models offered by Magellan with a gigantic 7” screen, making it a good option for truckers and RVs. It comes with preloaded maps of the US and Canada, Bluetooth for hands free calling and lifetime traffic. 

The RoadMate 9055 is perhaps the best Magellan I've ever tested. I was very happy not to see any shutdowns or error messages in over a month of testing. There are a number of innovative features that make Magellan units stand out – OneTouch,...

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It's more or less the same as my Roadmate 1470 model.


I only went with another Magellan GPS unit for my car because the extended warranty I had purchased from Best Buy on my first unit allowed me to get it for free after it would no longer boot up to the menu screen after 18 months of light useage. I was...

This unit comes with Lifetime Map upgrades & Traffic Alerts versus having to purchase (at a high price) the map upgrades and a Traffic Link cable as I did with my Roadmate 1470. The 5" screen is nice & bright

I'm disappointed that I can't even download a manual from Magellan's website that explains how to use the various features and settings. The User Handbook that came in the box only gives you a brief overview of the unit & totally lacks usage details

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Good, but breaks down a lot!


I really like Magellan compared to other GPS, but this big Magellan GPS breaks down a lot! My small Magellan GPS, which I gave to my dad, has never broke down, and that has been with me for 3 years already! This bigger Magellan GPS has only been with...

Big screen. You can see if your turn is coming up with much ease. Reliable in navigation like any Magellan GPS has; I rarely get lost because I have Magellan, not like Tom Tom

Breaks down easily. This is the second time my GPS broke down. The map starts by saying my route cannot be calculated, even if Google Maps say it's only 15 minutes away from my location. Then it doesn't show the map at all. It can be fixed though by updat

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Fair, but could be better


I'd definitely buy it again, despite its cons, but I sure wish it handled manual over-rides of the automatic route better, both in terms of how to enter waypoints and in integrating the piece parts into a unified presentation of the trip.

Never left me lost except for recent construction that re-routes roads. Reasonably fast. Good map coverage. Only fair store/point of interest coverage

In areas I know, I almost always know better routes than the ones the device generates ; Manual routes (for example, to avoid known bottlenecks or road construction) can only be entered as a series of destinations. Once entered, the device only shows rout

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Unlimited map updates and unlimited traffic information


Great GPS to have if you use it as a delivery driver. The special functions like traffic information, AAA location identification, and map updates are very handy. A great upgrade from the previous Navigon GPS that I had.

Easily gives me the fastest or shortest routes very accurately

Some times the navigator will pass up a house number, or gives you the wrong direction on the street in which you are looking for a house number. Sometimes the traffic feature does not always work

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I'm liking it so far.


have never been a fan of auto gps, but so far this is changing my mind!

acquired sats very fast. way too easy to use, didn't even glance at manual. appears to be very accurate. adjusts accordingly

doesn't charge by usb when hooked to cpu and on ac charger included

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Magellan RoadMate 5045 Is a Winner!


I previously had a Magellan Maestro from 2006 but it recently was stolen. I loved the unit and wanted to replace it. When I found this RoadMate for under $200, I thought I would give it a try. I have several observations:

Lines and the map seem easier to look at than the garmin ; Bigger than usual screen ; Using usb plug for power ; Freeway lane guidance. Clear & awesome ; Quick satellite acquisition ; Traffic works fine so far ; Features most used are easily found

Very small "GO" button ; In direct sunlight the screen isn't bright enough ; The beanbag mounts aren't as sophisticated and available ; There are all kinds of bells and whistles missing