Magellan Maestro 3100 & 3140

Magellan Maestro 3100

Magellan have just announced the release of 2 new gps navigation systems on their Maestro product line. The 3100 and 3140 will feature slim lines like the ones on the 4000 series, but will have a 3.5″ screen in contrast to the 4″ screens that the 4000 series have.

The 3140 will feature the AAA tour book travel information for North America, both units will have a battery that lasts about 3 hours and have at least 750,000 points of interest (POI) installed.

Features on Magellan 3140:

  • AAA TourBook Travel Information
  • Bluetooth
  • Text to speech

Review highlights of the Magellan Maestro 3100:

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Very good navigation capabilities
  • Current maps
  • Nice interface, very easy to use,works right out of the box, minimal setup. very friendly & intuitive user interface.
  • Decent size for portability

Cons:

  • Map screen’s pastel color scheme and small text difficult to see
  • ETA(Estimated time of arrival) is not displayed on the screen
  • No AC adapter included in the box, need to charge in car
  • No text to speech/Bluetooth
  • Short battery life
  • Small POI (Points of Interest) database
  • Screen freezes sometimes
  • Difficult to remove system from windshield mount

Conclusion:

The Maestro 3100 is a bargain for the budget conscious consumer. This machine gives the Mio C220 a run for its money in the $200 range of gps navigation systems. Read more about other $200 gps systems here.

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