Summary: I really expected more from Magellan, the screen size is excellent but it is slow to react to changes such as wrong turns. Initial start up is super slow and it takes a long time to connect to the satellite. The GPS is approximately 50 feet off so some of the turn directions appear to be up coming but are actually current turns! This calls for the users to have to turn around to make missed turns.
Summary: I bought my first Magellan GPS in 1999 when the product consisted of a big hard drive that sat on the floor of my car and was connected to a handset and an external antenna. I currently own a fairly new Magellan Maestro that still works, but decided to buy this model (5045-LM) so I wouldn't have to buy new maps every year. I show dogs and that means I do a lot of travel in my car, so I am very dependent on my GPS.
The Magellan 5045 is a valuable tool for any driver at a reasonable cost.
3 November 2011
Summary: I spend a few hours a week looking for local addresses and would rather focus on traffic than be distracted looking at street signs. My Mother has a Magellan and is even able to find our house with no problems so I gave it a try. I really like the large display because it is easy to see. Programing the unit is very easy as it only displays the keys that are relevant and eliminates keys as you type to make it easy to enter addresses.
Summary: The Magellan 5045 is a very nice GPS unit. I've had two other GPS units from other manufacturers and while both of them were decent this one is the best I've used. Pros: The 5 inch screen is nice, quite bright and very easy to read. The voice while somewhat electronic is easy to understand. This unit finds its' location on start up far faster than the other 2 units I used before. I like the fact that it offers 4 different routing options.
Summary: Pros: -Fast start-up/shutdown times. -Larger screen makes it easier to use for both right or left hand positions. -Battery charge lasts surprisingly long. Can turn it on/off for up to 4 days after full charge. -Free lifetime updates on the LM model. -Real-time traffic alerts gives you more than 5 miles heads-up. -Lane assist is accurate on most major highways. -Is portable, and even has walking directions for almost all destinations. Cons: -No physical volume control.
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23 September 2011
Summary: We bought this unit to replace our Garmin GPS. We had a Magellan many years ago, and like its look and feel. We chose this Magellan because it shows you how the GPS will guide you by offering road to road directions to the destination. We returned it because the unit does not turn on each time. The problem is that the plug of the power cord is not properly designed - sometimes it works and sometimes not.
Summary: I did not buy this model, and here is why: If you visit the magellan website, this product is listed at 219.99, so someone please explain the $60.00 mark-up in price to $279.99! Amazon is supposed to have deals, not inflated prices. Very unhappy about this since it seems like a decent product.
Summary: Before I begin this review - let me say that I've owned and operated a TomTom, Garmin, and a Pharos GPS unit, so when I say the Magellan 5045-LM is the best GPS I've owned - that means something. First of all - right out of the package - I noticed how big and clear the screen is. I drive a Scion Xb, not exactly a large car, but I still wanted a GPS that showed more data than a 3.5" or a 4.3". The Magellan's 5.0" screen is seriously impressive.