Lots of real estate on the screen - but not used well
Lawrence A. Johnson, Amazon
22 October 2013
Summary: I love the size of the screen. After all, 7" is a lot of real estate. That said, Magellan could have used it better and displayed more information. Things I wish it had is a constant display of speed (my speedometer seems to be a bit off - fortunately on the low side), and a display of the current speed limit.
DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK WITH A MACBOOK PRO
FRANCIS E. DEFELICE, Amazon
29 May 2013
Summary: I add to update the software version even though i bought what was said to be the latest magellan roadmate 1700Lm.As a macbook pro user, I had to borrow a pc to update the software version before i could attempt to use the magellan content mgr(which is required for future updates). I had to buy a micro SD card(between 2 and 8 gb}. not any other type like an sd mico sdhc.I am waiting to get my micro card to see if i can download the contact mgr.I have my doubts.
Summary: I got mine as a gift about 2 years ago but back then it cost around $250. It's a big GPS that looks nice on the dashboard of my Scion xB. I was expecting more from reading the specs though. It is as simple as GPS can get, no gadgets here.
Pros: It's big! that's for sure. The display is clear and bright and the GPS does what it is suppose to do like the box says. I actually found out you can run other OSes on these with a microSD card.
Cons: It's a big display but it's not the pretties, sometimes the pixels get fuzzy and, compare to Garmins and others, is not customizable at all. I was expecting a nicer rendering and ability to change the car or color but nothing, all you get to play with is daylight/night settings lol.
Summary: Bought the Magellan wireless backup camera for my wife's Subaru Forester at Christmas, (Subaru doesn't seem to offer an in-dash unit, yet. At least I couldn't find one on their website.) along with the 1700 LM Roadmate GPS. I have to say that after punching a 1/2 inch hole in the body panel behind the license plate and snaking the wires up behind the trim panels, up through the hinge in the lift hatch, down through more trim panels and attaching the wires to the backup...
Summary: This Magellan 1700 series, have a 5 star for the huge display 7", but 2 star for the brightness and resolution. And the value is good for pocket for the 7" display GPS, but they are not coming with life time map update. Not really recommend for advance user.
Pros: Huge display, very easy to see. The touch screen works well and isn't slow or glitchy like some other GPS units Ive used. Great price for such a large screen and good features for the cost.
Cons: It just doesn't know the best route....EVER!!! To test this thing out I entered the addresses of several places I already knew how to get to from my house, this thing got me there but not once did it ever take the best route!! I entered my friends address who live one street away from me, to get to his house I would turn right at the end of my street and then another right onto his street. However the Magellan had me make a left leaving my street, going up one street ...
Summary: Great for my father, senior with a RV and large 7 inch screen is easier for him to read. Fairly easy to use, i think he and my mother will easily navigate with the unit. BUT, i have owned tom toms and other gps units in the past and can say I MUCH prefer the menu system and way you navigate and use the menus on tom toms and garmins... perhaps it is personal preference or just what i am more used to...
Summary: I'll get thus out of the way up front: the Magellan RoadMate 1700's 7-inch display is beautiful and easy to see from anywhere. We're using it in a Dodge Grand Caravan, not quite a truck or RV but big enough that we could appreciate the big display. This is absolutely hands down a great big GPS display. That said, size isn't everything and we've experienced some ups and downs with this unit. First the positives.