Summary: what can I say, it is good when I received it, but broken one week later. my bad luck. it was usable when I receive it, and only thing I felt not good was the battery life was short, about twenty minutes, but with the car charger I don't think it is a big p;roblem. but now it is broken, I did not knock it at any place, it just broken for no reason.
Summary: This item was purchased as a replacement for the same model GPS unit stolen from my daughter's car. It arrived promptly and works great! As you may or may not know, Magellan GPS units are wonderful, but their Customer Service is the worst in the industry, by far. If you never have anything go wrong with one of their units, you'll do fine. If you *do* have something go wrong, or even just require their help to set up software, etc., then God Help You ...
Summary: I've had the Maestro 4040 for 4 days, having bought it despite some of the negative reviews here and on various forums. So far most of my usage has been in suburban areas, both in day time and night. My take is: Does a good job at navigating and providing the driver with accurate and timely information, both visual and auditory. But has one of the most bizarre and poorly deigned menu/user interfaces I've seen in consumer electroncs.
Summary: I bought the 4040 to use on extended trips as well as around town in unfamiliar areas. Unfortunately, I found some misleading details in the product descriptions, both here and on the Magellan site. They make mention of the 'trip planner'. From the description, I thought I could plan a trip with one or more intermediate stops, and have the 4040 give me an estimate of the travel time, distance, etc.
Needs work, support and maybe some re-engineering.
Michael P. Deslippe "1611KJB", Amazon
15 July 2007
Summary: Well, I am not the GPS buff a lot of the reviewers seem to be, so you'll get this review from a regular guy. My only previous experience with GPS is renting a Garmin 330 with a rental car twice. My wife hated the Garmin, I liked it, but I was awe struck by the tecno-factor. So we went looking on-line to see what was available. We bought this unit specifically because it met my wife's criteria. She loved that it spoke street names and not just "turn right", "turn left".
Summary: I bought this unit to replace an old Roadmate 360(which with the exception of outdated maps, was doing just fine) and was initially drawn by its screen size. This later proved to be the bain of its existance(to me anyway) The unit runs on Magellan's latest OS(on top of Windows ce) and includes the newest map graphics "update" which, according to Magellan, they spent a million dollars revamping.
Summary: The Magellan 4040 is a good GPS that can be great if Magellan tweaks its software and improves its technical support. I recently bought the GPS and returned it within a week due a screen problem. The unit I received had a problem with the screen where 40% of the screen was dimmer that the rest. I emailed Magellan technical support and it took them 2 days to respond back.
Potential for excellence - maestro falls short in debut
5 June 2007
Summary: Purchased the Magellan Maestro 4040 based on a few online reviews and timing. The Garmin Nuvi 650 had not been released yet and the Nuvi 350 was considered excellent, but older technology - so I chose the Magellan. Pros: Large Screen, sub $400 pricing, text to speech feature. Cons: Unit malfunctioned during a recent trip - using reset button after finding it hours later seems to have removed the rebooting demons at least for now.
Summary: I have used the Hertz NeverLost system several times so was swayed to the Magellan unit because of that. The Maestro 4040 is new so should have the latest and greatest and the price was right. I got the unit three days before two business trips, first to Detroit and then on to Sacramento. I thought it was a good test of the unit and if it worked, it would really add to my trip. The shipping was perfect and came quicker than expected.