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Magellan Maestro 3100

Portable car navigation system

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by Dominic Devito
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Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

Magellan's Maestro 3100 portable navigator offers intuitive guidance in a portable package that won't break your budget. Use the newly-designed interface on the 3.5" touchscreen display to find detailed maps of the 48 lower United States, along with the 750,000 preloaded points of interest. Search for hotels, gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, and more — the Maestro 3100 will find them quickly and route you there in no time.

Magellan's unique interface needs fewer keystrokes to find your destination, so you can get on your way more quickly. Enter your destination and follow along on the display in 2-D or 3-D map mode as the voice prompts alert you to upcoming maneuvers. The built-in SecureDigital™ (SD) memory card slot allows you to use an optional card to load and store custom points of interest or back up your address book for security and convenience.

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Highlights:

  • GPS satellite navigation unit with built-in antenna
  • suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
  • headphone jack
  • car power adapter, USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with 3 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 3.5" color (320 x 240 pixels) touchscreen control
  • 750,000 points of interest
  • internal flash memory preloaded with maps of the 48 contiguous United States
  • WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
  • multi-destination routing: select up to 20 destinations and route in a preferred order
Expandability:
  • SD card slot (supports up to 2GB)
Other features and specs:

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Features and Specs
Features
Maps Built-in
Map Coverage USA (48 states)
Points of Interest 750,000
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 3.5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer ---
Digital Audio Playback ---
Text To Speech No
Voice Control No
Dynamic Content Services ---
Removable Memory Type SD/MMC card
Battery Life 3 Hours
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Portable car navigation unit
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached coiled cord (5 Volts DC/1 Amp)
  • 51" USB cable with a USB Type A connector on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end
  • Adjustable suction-cup mount
  • Self-adhesive dash mount disc
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • Pre-injection cleansing swab
  • "My Magellan Maestro 3100" CD-ROM
  • Reference Card
  • Contents card
  • Warranty booklet

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Features
PC Requirements
Inputs and Outputs

Features

Overview: The Magellan Maestro 3100 is a vehicle and portable navigation device that utilizes GPS signals from satellites to calculate your precise location and compute details about your travel destination. Once the Maestro 3100 locates your position and movement, it can then overlay this information onto detailed integrated NAVTEQ maps to provide you with visual representation of your location and destination route. Because the Maestro 3100 requires no installation, you can transfer the unit from one vehicle to another. The unit is made of high-impact plastic for added durability. 

GPS Receiver: The Maestro 3100 is equipped with a WAAS/EGNOS-enabled, 20-channel SiRF Star III GPS receiver. It receives tracking signals from up to 20 satellites, updating your position once per second. With WAAS/EGNOS, it is accurate to 3-5 meters (10-16 feet), and with GPS only, less than 7 meters (15 feet).

Antenna: The portable navigation unit features an integrated multidirectional GPS antenna patch adding to its sleek design. There is no input for an external antenna.

Built-in Map: The Maestro 3100 comes preloaded with detailed maps and destinations of the 48 continental United States, enabling you to travel the country with no need to download new data.

Touchscreen Display: The unit features a large, anti-glare, 4:3 touchscreen 3.5" display with easy to use menus, maps and icons. The display's brightness can be adjusted for easy night and day time viewing.

Memory Card Slot: The Magellan Maestro 3100 features a memory card slot that will accept both SD-cards and Multimediacards. You can save custom POIs onto a memory card using the software found on the supplied CD-ROM through your PC and then load the memory card into the Maestro 3100. You can also backup data such as your Address Book to an inserted SD or MMC card. Once the data has been back up, it can be restored at any time.

Note: No memory card is included. When you restore from backed up data, address book and other data will be replaced with the restored data.

Turn-By-Turn Voice and Visual Guidance: The Maestro 3100 offers Turn-by-Turn visual guidance through it's 4:3 touchscreen display and voice guidance via its built-in speaker and headphone output.

On-Screen Keypad: The unit's on-screen keypad allows you to manually enter specific data, addresses and destination into the Magellan Maestro 3100.

QuickSpell: To help you make sure you enter in the correct destination, the Maestro 3100 will automatically correct spelling errors and complete your destination address. QuickSpell also uses information in the unit's database to limit the keys that need to be pressed to present only those which can access information in the database.

Main Menu: The Main Menu is the center for all the available function for the Magellan Maestro. The Main Menus consists of two screen pages with large and easy to access icons.

  • Home: You can enter and save your home address so you can easily navigate to your home from another location.
  • Enter Address: In this screen, addresses can be entered by first entering the city, zip code or by selecting a city from a list of cities you have already used as destinations.
  • Intersection: You can create a route to a certain intersection by entering two intersecting streets.
  • Address Book: You can create and store personal points of interest for easy reoccurring trips in the unit's Address Book. The Address Book can hold up to 200 addresses (50 of those being marked as favorites).
  • Points Of Interest (POI): The Maestro 3100 offers 750,000 points of interests to help you easily find gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, and more. You can search for POIs by entering the name or by selecting from a list of available categories and sub-categories. Additionally, POIs can be created and installed using the POI Manager CD-ROM software.
  • Exit POIs: This feature provides a listing of restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops or hotels near approaching freeway exits. You can select one of the POIs listed and create a route to it.
  • Trip Planner: The Trip Planner menu allows you to create a route with multiple destinations. The navigation unit allows you to select up to 20 destinations in one route and lets you choose the order that best fits your needs.
  • Roadside Assistance: This feature displays the Locate screen for easy access to information about your current position should you require assistance.

Map Screen Modes: There are two unique modes that the Map Screen can be displayed in - Normal and Routing.

  • Normal: In Normal mode, your position is shown on the map along with the time and your speed. As you travel, your position will be updated, giving you a clear view of your position and surround streets.
  • Routing: In Routing mode additional information is displayed, providing you with more detailed information about the route you have selected.

Map View Options: The portable GPS unit allows you to the following map views.

  • 2D Map: Two dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in either the direction of your heading or direction pointing North.
  • 3D Map: Three dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in the direction of your heading.
  • TrueView: Three dimensional view of your next maneuver.
  • SplitView: The unit's display is evenly divided into a two dimensional view of the map screen along with a three dimensional view of your next maneuver.

Current Location Screen: The Current Location screen displays approximate address information, the next and previous cross streets, as well as your latitude and longitude. To the right is a compass point in your direction of travel, calculated elevation and speed. The bottom bar of the screen displays the current time and date.

Maneuver List Screen: Each line of the Maneuver List screen provides details about the maneuvers in the order that they are to be made, with the next maneuver at the top. The bottom bar of the Maneuver List screen indicates the distance and time to the next maneuver as well as the total distance computed for the route. The Maneuver List can be modified if you want to exclude one of the maneuvers should you want to avoid traveling on of the streets listed.

GPS Status Screen: The GPS Status screen uses green bars to indicate that the Magellan Maestro 3100 is using certain GPS satellites to compute the position. Orange bars indicate that the Magellan Maestro 3100 is trying to lock onto a satellite signal and no bar shown indicates a satellite that is not being tracked. The longer the bars, the better the signal.

Zoom Level: There are 23 zoom level in the Magellan Maestro 3100, ranging from 100 feet to 1200 miles. You can select the appropriate zoom level that best suits your navigation needs.

Enhanced POIs With Alerts: Enhanced POIs are points of interest that are user-created using the POI Manager software found on the supplied CD-ROM. After loading a POI file to an SD or MMC card and loading it in the Magellan Maestro 3100, you can route to those custom POIs quickly. An enhanced POI can also have an alarm attached that will alert you when you are in range set by "Alert Parameters".

User Options: This menu can be used to access functions used to customize the Magellan Maestro to your personal needs.
  • System Settings: The Maestro 3100 offers the following System Settings.
    • Volume: The unit's volume can be set at 7 different levels or muted completely.
    • Brightness: The display has 7 levels of brightness to choose from.
    • Auto Power Off: You can set the Maestro 3100 to shut down automatically after 10, 20, or 30 minutes of use if the location of the unit has not changed or the touchscreen hasn't been pressed.
    • Time Zone: Allows you to select between various world time zones.
    • Unit Of Measure: You can select for the unit to use measurements of Miles/Feet or Kilometers/Meters.
  • Trip Computer: The Trip Computer records your average speed, the time in hours of the trip, the time in hours that you were driving, and the distance of the strip. This information can be saved to a file for easy access when the information is needed.
  • POI Selection: You can use the POI Selection to set what categories of icons will be shown and which ones will be hidden on the Map screen.
  • Detour Options: You can select you far the unit will calculate your detour from your original route.
  • Simulator Mode: The Simulator mode offers the option of simulating movement on a route.
  • Tone Options: This option provides a way of selecting the tone used to announce arrival at a maneuver or destination point.

Setting GPS Position: Setting a GPS position is useful if you are not getting satellite information quickly because the Magellan Maestro 3100 has traveled over 500 miles while turned off. Setting the GPS position will allow the Maestro 3100 to compute which satellites are available and calculate the position quicker.

Customizable Route Method: You can set the Maestro 3100 to calculate your route by Fastest Time, Shortest Distance, Less Freeways or More Freeways, or Avoid Toll Roads.

Route Exclusion: You can manually select streets and freeways to avoid to better customize your route.

Auto Night Map Display: In Auto Night Map Display mode the unit's map screen is displayed in pastel colors for daytime use and a black background for nighttime use.

Rechargeable Battery: The unit has a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery that offers up to 3 hours of continuous use. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter, USB cable or optional AC adapter (sold separatley). The unit remains operable while using the supplied vehicle adapter or optional AC adapter but is not operable when connected via USB.

Mounting: The Maestro 3100 comes supplied with an adjustable arm that can be mounted to either the windshield, using a suction-cup mount, or dash of your vehicle, using the self-adhesive plastic disc.

PC Requirements

Minimum Requirements: In order to use the supplied CD-ROM, receive updates and connect the Maestro 3100 to your computer, the PC must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • IBM-compatible PC, Pentium or higher
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 700 MB (typical), 1.4 GB (full install) of available hard disc space
  • SVGA (800x600) 16-bit color monitor
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB port

Inputs and Outputs

Right Side Of Unit:

  • Power: jack for use with the supplied DC power supply and AC adapter
  • Headphone: 3.5mm mini-jack
  • USB: mini USB Version 2.0 port that connects to your PC to upload Custom POIs or software updates (USB cable supplied)

Left Side Of Unit:

  • Card Slot: SD or MultiMedia Card
  • Reset Button: resets unit back to factory settings
 
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5 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By angela, Yonkers NY on Thursday, February 07, 2008
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What a great product! I've been hesitant to purchase a navigation device for my 21 year old..first they're usually too expensive, too hard to use and very confusing. Well, I decided to try this one since the price was right. My son loved it! It is so easy to use and lightweight.He just turned it on , put in his info and off he went. It was so good that I went and ordered another one for my other son and even paid the non sale price for it. If you have any doubts this unit is great. My oldest son said it was easier and better to use than the one his friend has installed in his car that costs thousands! He now takes this one in his friends car to use instead!
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4 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By steve, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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nice unit - has some nice features in the software that are better than the Garmin that i also use. Could have a larger POI database, however. Seems small at less than 2 million POI's compared to Garmin's 5 million
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2 out of 5

First Time Owning a GPS, Problems Kept Popping Up

Written By Steve, Atlanta, GA on Monday, February 04, 2008
 
At first, it worked well enough. I liked how it narrows down cities, streets as you input the name. Did a fine job on a mostly-Interstate trip I took immed. after receiving it. But problems began to pop up.

The unit would never go to sleep mode, regardless of what setting I put it on- every time I got in the car, I got a message that the unit's internal battery was discharged. It would start charging right away, but all rechargable batteries have only so many charge-discharge cycles before they are junk- this one was deep-cycling daily. Made me wonder about the life of the battery, chances are it would have died sometime soon after the warranty expired.

Although 750,000 points of interest sounds like alot, it isn't really- and ALL of them are at Interstate exits. Once off the Interstate proper, the POI feature is completly useless. Once, I tried to recall the POI's at a particular exit, AS I WAS JUST GETTING ONTO THE EXIT RAMP. "No points of interest available for this road" was the message I got. This failing was particularly galling.

Then, the power plug began to fail. Getting the unit to charge (remember, it would stay on till it's batteries ran down) became a frustrating exercise in draping the power cord across the mount, and/or taping it so that it sat just-so and power flowed to the unit. Not long after, it would not charge at all, and became a very expensive paper weight.

All this happened within two weeks of my receiving the unit. This sort of poor reliability does NOT engender customer loyalty- I am trying again... with a Garmin!
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

nice for price

Written By Arthur, CT on Saturday, February 02, 2008
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I got it and it is everything I wanted and beat the Garmin I got for Christmas as I updated sites immediately.
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5 out of 5

Magellan GPS 3100

Written By Ralph, Galveston, TX on Saturday, February 02, 2008
 
Best GPS I could find for the money. It hasn't missed finding the destination yet. Has great features and options that are useful on a trip in new territory.
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2 out of 5

Significant lack of POIs (Points of Interest)

Written By Kathryn, Industry, PA on Saturday, February 02, 2008
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If you are a woman, who is shopping for a GPS, I would say that you want to find a model that provides WAY more POIs than what this one does. This was very disappointing and I nearly sent it back. My personal experience was that it could not locate malls, or other retail stores by name. And trying to find rural addresses that include a State Route (aka SR) this model would not cooperate either.
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4 out of 5

Simple and reliable

Written By John, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, February 01, 2008
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I purchased this GPS unit after all the Christmas hype had passed. I got a great deal from Crutchfield. I really like this unit due to the large display and loud enough speaker. I just works well. I went on a road trip to Disneyland and loaded the hotel and Disneyland address and away we went. The display estimated a 11:25 PM arival at the hotes and we arrived at 11:10. That is close concidering it was a 6+ hour drive. It worked well and I was able to find atm and food establishments very easily. The other nice feature is, the battery will last over 3 hours between charges and the unit is small enough to fit in your pocket if you are walking and need directions.
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5 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Harvey, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Only issue is the cups and cold windshields. It will not stay during cold temps
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5 out of 5

Works for me

Written By Jack, Hartford City, IN on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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This GPS Maestro 3100 does the basics, and I like that. If you have no need for all the bells and whistles, this one fills the bill at an affordable price. I commend Crutchfield for their fine service and carrying a quality product. I bought two for my twentish children and both have their friends wanting one.
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3 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Doug, Wilmington MA on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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This gps works well although it's not fully accurate or up to date ie: it tells you the wrong side of the street for the house address, some roads,and off ramps from interstates are not listed at all.
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4 out of 5

Great GPS

Written By Oscar, Upstate, NY on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Bought this GPS for my service truck (construction company), perfect!
I use it almost every day. I end up at a lot of out of the way places, and I just enter the address and go! I really like the zip code feature.

This is a true time saver. I travel a lot of miles making service calls or looking at the next job, with stops for supplies - and it saves a lot of aggravation of which route will get me to the next site the quickest - no more maps or trying to read directions while zipping down the highway!
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4 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By John, Warner Robins, GA on Sunday, January 27, 2008
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This is a nice, solid unit that is reasonably accurate. It doesn't have the most up-to-date information, but then again, I'm not sure that it is Magellan's fault. There has been a number of changes in my local area in the last few years and I think its more a matter of local authorities not making timely updates to map makers.

I do like the way it recalculates. Very speedy. The only time I had trouble with it connecting to the satellite was coming out of a parking garage at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It took it a few minutes to get oriented. Overall, I'm pleased.
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4 out of 5

Works well

Written By Chad, Reading, PA on Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Other than a couple of minor problems, this unit has worked well for me. One problem I had was when it was telling me to take a left at a road that did not allow left-hand turns. The other was when I was just outside New York City. Some of the freeways around there have multiple exits at the same time (for example the freeway may split into 4 different roads at the same time) and the device told me to stay in the right lane when it really wanted me to stay in the second lane from the right. The graphics on the device were correct in this situation but the audible cues were wrong. I must say though, that the GPS has taken me a couple of routes that I would not have thought of that has saved me time and gas money so it's been well worth it so far.

And if you don't mind spending the extra $12 for the download, it's fun to have John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) give you his version of the directions to take.
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4 out of 5

Does the Job

Written By Warren, Syracuse, NY on Monday, January 21, 2008
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This is my first GPS... and it's easy to use. Up and running without using the manual. Simple on screen instructions to set up a "trip." I wish that you could set up directions from where you are to anywhere in your address book without the extra steps of setting up an official "trip."

The sd card can only be used to backup your settings / address book. I find the voice is plenty loud in my SUV. Windshield mount has been sturdy.

The update from Magellan is online, but available to Windows Vista or Macintosh users. I could not get it to update under XP and customer service was prompt, but unable to help. I was told it is a work in progress and to check back later!.

Overall very happy for 1st time buyer and casual user. Would recommend to all but most demanding users!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Michael, Joliet, IL on Sunday, January 20, 2008
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For the sale price that I paid it is nice.
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5 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Tammy, Chandler, AZ on Friday, January 18, 2008
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I purchased the Magellan Maestro 3100 for my husband for Christmas and he just loves it! He gave me a list of the features he desired and this model was everything he hoped for. And you can't beat Crutchfield's price.
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5 out of 5

Best thing going

Written By Vickie, Upstate, NY on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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I own a Magellan 800 GPS and love it! So we bought the Magellan 3100 for 4 of our children and both our mothers! Everyone LOVES it! Just put in the address or zip code and tell it to route you shortest distance, quickest, most or least use of freeways... and you are on your way. No more printing off directions and trying to read them as you are zipping along the highway. This baby even tells you to "keep to the right" or "followed by a right" as you go along! This little GPS tells you how fast you are going, can reroute you if construction slows you down, whatever. You can store addresses too. I am buying another one for the business so my husband will leave mine alone!
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4 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Alison, Shreveport, LA on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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My first GPS system. It is so easy. Reception is great, even works in my house. Great Price!!
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4 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Rich, Rural NJ on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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I saw all the "Black Friday" Ads and couldn't believe how low GPS prices had fallen. Did a little research Thanksgiving night and found out that most of the units on sale were of the older technology. So while searching for a basic SiRF unit, I found that the Maestro 3100 had the features I wanted. Crutchfield was running a weekend sale on these but were out of stock so I backordered it. It still arrived in just a few days (Kudos Crutchfield). Took it out of the box, plugged it in and away I drove, fantastic!! I think the users' manual is lacking and there is supposed to be one on the CD Rom, but I couldn't read it. Went to Magellan's website and downloaded the Manual.
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5 out of 5

A great little GPS!

Written By James, Chicago on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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I was constantly getting lost in Chicago so I decided to buy a GPS unit, but I couldn't afford the higher end models. This unit does exactly what it's supposed to, it gives you audible alerts with a pleasant voice to "turn right", "turn left", "Stay in your current lane and curve to the right" etc. I haven't gotten lost yet, and it's nice to not have to hunt for street signs at night. It has a nice back lit display with a map so you alway know exactly where you are at. Highly recommended! The only problem I had is one time it didn't want to turn on, but it has a reset button on the side you can stick a pen or paper clip into to reset it. It worked like a charm, it came on, and I was on my way.
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1 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By Pat, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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Both units were defective! Magellan support could not resolve the problem and had to wait for a supervisor to call back - meanwhile fixed the unit myself!
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5 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By M, Troy, NC on Monday, January 14, 2008
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purchased for two daughters - works perfectly and I don't worry about them getting lost
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4 out of 5

works well

Written By Anonymous, Indian trail, nc on Tuesday, January 01, 2008
 
The limited number of point of interest is a pain. I am a golfer and golf courses are not on the list of POI's.
I also think the data may be a bit older then the company claims. Magellan says the last update is from late 2006. I found a street near my residence that is over 2 yrs old and is not in the unit's database.
However I have noticed a new update is now availble on Megallan's website.
Also, I found it difficult to find an alternate route to avoid heavy traffic using the unit
This is a good product. I took it on a long weekend trip and the unti performed well. For the price, the Magellan 3100 is a good entry level GPS device.

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4 out of 5

Magellan Maestro 3100

Written By skippy, Lake Monticello, VA on Sunday, December 30, 2007
 
The Magellan Maestro 3100 performs wonderfully. So far, it has been "On Point" with turns and destinations. I feel that it is the best "BANG for the buck" for an entry level model. The only negative that I have experienced, is the voice command at full volume is not loud enough to hear with typical car/suv/light truck noises. I usually flip the unit backwards so that the speaker is facing me to hear better.
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4 out of 5

Excellent unit, even at such a low cost.

Written By Isaac, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, December 30, 2007
 
First of all, map and firmware updates ARE available via the Magellan website. The 3100 is ready to go right out of the box, has a sensitive receiver, and ALL of its menus and features are intuitive. The display and maps are simple, yet clear, easy to work with quickly, and purposeful. There is no mess and using the unit doesn't require much toil and handling. Reroutes are fast, and instructions and tones are kept to a peaceful minimum.



One negative is that the unit comes with a car charger only, and does not charge via the USB port.
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4 out of 5

Great product for the $$$. Few flaws

Written By bighops2000, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, July 05, 2007
 
3100 is an excellent buy for the $$$. I recommend this unit to everyone who can accept the following.....
1. the unit only has 750,000 POI's which seems like alot but its not by any means. (this doesn't matter as long as you have the address of your destination)
2. the unit was programmed with maps from the 3rd quarter of 2006, which is by all means obsolete with the rate of construction in most areas. (BTW the update is not yet available and no ETA when it will be). It will appear on the GPS as if you have driven off into the woods when on new streets. (this won't matter if you're in an old city where everything has always been the same.)
3. Does not call out the street names. It displays them extremely accurately and tells you when to turn but who wants to look at it to see street names while you're driving.
OVERALL IF YOU CAN ACCEPT THESE 3 THINGS YOU'LL LOVE THE GPS. I AM A HUGE CRITIC BUT I FIND THE 3100 ACCEPTABLE AND A GREAT BUY
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