Summary: I took a chance on purshasing a refurbished Magellan Maestro 4250. I chose this model after much research. Consumer Reports rated it as one of the top three GPS on the market and it comes with voice recognition (you can tell it to give you directions "Home" with a voice command - how great is that?). The CR rating and the voice command, however, reflect in the hefty retail price ($450).
Summary: For this price, this Magellan Mastro 4250 GPS Receiver is good in terms of its size, functions and features. It has 4.3" touch LCD screen, text to speech and bluetooth functions. For any price below $150, it is a good price for this kind of full featured receiver. HOWEVER, please DO check the reviews on the web, this Magellan Maestro 4250 does get all kinds of negative feedbacks. I was excited when I received it. I upgraded the firmware right away.
Plan to pay $79 more for the new maps, or just buy something else
Mr. Adventure, Amazon
17 November 2008
Summary: I bought a Magellan Maestro 4250 in July of 2008, and discovered that my street, built in 2005 isn't there. Customer support told me, when I called to get the software update at the time that there will be a new map release in September (the software update is required to make routing work somewhat logically). But they didn't tell me that it was going to cost me $79 with no upgrade discount for recent purchasers, almost half the price I paid for it.
Great customer service... I had to call 'em enough times!
Ken E., Amazon
28 October 2008
Summary: I purchased the Magellan Maestro 4250 just over 3 months ago, and have only used it 5 times since my purchase. During this past weekend the screen froze up, but the problem was quickly resolved with a phone call to Magellan customer service. Unfortunately, 2 days later on the return trip the unit froze up again and the problem wasn't able to be solved. I followed the myriad of steps listed on thier website in hopes of fixing the problem to no avail.
October 2008 - Beware - item is outdated and freezes up
M. Peoples, Amazon
4 October 2008
Summary: I read all the reviews and ordered the 4250 Oct 1st 2008 from Amazon. I thought it was a sure thing. The unit came in and would only show me the "Magellan" name screen after the blue line moved from left to right to indicate start up... but right there is where the unit Froze up. It wouldn't go any further. I then kept the unit plugged in for the reccomended 6 hours to fully charge. This did not help. (Charger was working).
Very poor quality, poor OS - Died within an hour of arrival
16 July 2008
Summary: Well it's my first time with any Magellan and going by my experience, I am not terribly convinced to purchase another Magellan. First some of my background so readers can assess accordingly. My first GPS was the NavMan it was okay. Next came Garmin Nuvi 650 - VERY expensive but good overall. I had a TomTom 510 - as some of you may know they use the "supposedly" less accurate TeleAtlas maps.
Summary: I purchased this unit 2 months ago. The first unit I owned would freeze constantly, would route me through the most bizarre directions, and would shut off on its own. I exchanged it for another of the same model. This model has the same issues and finally stopped getting a satellite connection altogether. This model was attractive initially because it had text-to-speech and bluetooth.
Summary: I wanted so much to like this GPS. I spent a lot of time researching difference ones and narrowed my selection to the TomTom 920, the Nuvi 760 and the Maestro 4250. Both the TomTom and the Maestro had some cool features that really appealed to me (Voice inputs, AAA guide and so forth). In reading reviews, I decided against the TomTom since many indicated that it would not get you to your destination on the most efficient route and their customer service was attrocious.
Summary: After extensive research, I purchased a Magellan 4250 - great price for a fully loaded gps. Out of the box eperience was good, nice bright clear screen, fast satellite hook-up, dead on location accuracy, and an intuitive menu system. But (you knew this was coming, didn't you?), after trying it out and spending over 2 hours on the phone with three different support technicians, I have decided to return it. Why you ask?