Magellan's Maestro 4250 portable navigation system boasts a 4.3" widescreen for easy viewing and includes an FM-TMC receiver for instant traffic updates. You'll be alerted to approaching congestion, and the Maestro 4250 will recalculate your route immediately. Traffic-info service is available in most metropolitan areas; you get a free 3-month subscription to the service with your purchase.

Just enter your destination through the convenient touchscreen using an address or local search — the Maestro 4250 contains preloaded maps of the entire U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Choose from 6 million points of interest — many hotels, restaurants, and gas stations include phone number info, so you can call ahead for reservations or help. Text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns, so you can concentrate on your driving

Bluetooth for hands-free communication
Included Bluetooth wireless technology lets you dial and receive calls safely with a compatible phone, and access your phone's address book while leaving your phone in your bag or pocket. You can store or sync numbers, and the built-in microphone and speaker make communication easy. Just tap the screen for a quick connection to AAA© Roadside Assistance from your compatible cell phone. You can also access service details and recommended destinations from the leading travel resource.

Voice commands let you navigate hands free
You can program the Maestro 4250 to understand basic voice commands in a few simple steps. You'll be able to advance through menus and receive guidance without even touching the screen.

Product Highlights:

  • GPS satellite navigation unit with built-in antenna
  • suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
  • car/home power adapters, USB cable, carrying case and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 4 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 4.3" (480 x 272 pixels) widescreen touch control
  • 6 million points of interest
  • preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • text-to-speech technology lets voice prompts announce road names over the built-in speaker
  • built-in voice command and control capability lets you access functions without touching the screen
  • FM-TMC traffic-info receiver kit (additional subscription fees required after free 3-month trial)
  • multi-destination routing: select up to 20 destinations and route in a preferred order
Expandability:
  • Bluetooth technology for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • SD card slot (supports up to 2GB)
Other features and specs:

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • Portable car navigation unit
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 5' cord
  • AC adapter with attached 5' DC output cord (DC output: 5V/1A)
  • 17" USB cord (with male Type A USB connector on one end and a Mini-USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • Plastic cradle
  • Adjustable suction-cup mount
  • 3.5" Self-adhesive dash mount disc
  • Soft protective pouch
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • "My Magellan Maestro 4250" CD-ROM
  • Reference Card
  • "Check The Contents" sheet
  • TrafficKit Service Activation sheet
  • Warranty booklet
  • AAA advertisement

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Features
PC Requirements
Inputs, Outputs and Controls

Features

Overview: The Magellan Maestro 4250 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 4250 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 4250 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 4250 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).

Bluetooth Technology: The Bluetooth function of the Maestro 4250 allows you to use the unit as a hands-free device for a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. You can answer or dial your phone by using the unit's touchscreen. You can place calls using the on-screen keypad, address book, call history, or redial.

Voice Control: The Maestro 4250 includes voice control software for many of the most commonly used commands. This provides hands-free operation of the unit for most of the functions you use on a daily basis. After you "wake up" the unit by saying "Magellan" you can speak another one of the common commands. Voice Control Command choices include:

  • "Roadside Assistance"
  • "Where am I?" or "Current Location"
  • "Go Home"
  • "Nearest Restaurant" (you can get more specific by including a type of restaurant, such as "Nearest Italian Restaurant")
  • "Nearest Gas"
  • "Nearest ATM"
  • "Nearest Bank"
  • "Nearest Coffee"
  • "Reroute"
  • "Distance to Destination"

TrafficKit: This unit will automatically route you around heavy traffic whenever a quicker way is available. A free 3-month traffic service subscription allows you to easily avoid accidents, slow downs, road closures, severe weather, and other delays. Your estimated time of arrival is automatically recalculated based on traffic conditions and prompts you to reroute when a quicker way is available. In order to receive the traffic service, you must first activate the service for your unit. Additional fees will apply after the 3-month trial expires.

Antenna: The portable navigation unit features an integrated multidirectional GPS antenna patch adding to its sleek design. There is also an MCX input for an external antenna on this unit.

Built-in Map: The Maestro 4250 comes preloaded with detailed maps and destinations of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, enabling you to travel throughout North America without the need to download new data.

Touchscreen Display: The unit features a large, anti-glare, touchscreen 4.3" widescreen 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 4250 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 4250. You can also backup data such as your Address Book to an inserted SD or MMC card. Once the data has been backed 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 4250 offers Turn-by-Turn visual guidance through it's wide touchscreen display and voice guidance via its built-in speaker. The text-to-speech feature announces the exit numbers and names of the streets as you navigate.

On-Screen Keypad: The unit's on-screen keypad allows you to manually enter specific data, addresses and destination into the Magellan Maestro 4250.

QuickSpell: To help you make sure you enter in the correct destination, the Maestro 4250 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, presenting only those which can access information in the database.

AAA TourBook: The Maestro 4250 includes travel information from AAA to make your trip safe, easy, and hassle-free. If you are a AAA member, you can take advantage of discount listings wherever the AAA card is accepted. There is an option to calculate a route to any of the locations provided in the TourBook. AAA TourBook categories include:

  • AAA TourBook Information: View detailed information about accommodations, restaurants, destinations, attractions and events in locations near your current position or near any location you enter.
  • Show Your Card & Save: Search for businesses that offer discounts for AAA members.
  • Approved Auto Repairs: Search for AAA-approved automotive repair facilities, including hours of operation and services offered.
  • AAA Branch Offices: Search for AAA branch offices with information on hours of operation and services offered.
  • Campgrounds: Search for campgrounds rated by AAA.

Warranty Extension for AAA Members: AAA members can get an extra year of warranty added to the manufacturer's one year warranty by registering their GPS unit within 60 days of purchase.

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

  • Show Map: Displays the map with your current position (if you are computing a position from the GPS signals) indicated by the blue triangle.
  • 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.
  • Points Of Interest (POI): The Maestro 4250 offers 6-million 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.
  • Home: You can enter and save your home address so you can easily navigate to your home from another location.
  • AAA Roadside Assistance: This screen contains all of the information you will need to provide AAA Roadside Assistance emergency services to your pinpoint location and speed up your service. It includes the AAA Roadside Assistance toll-free number, the AAA Membership enrollment number, Current location, including street, city, the next and previous exit or intersection from your location, and your coordinates. You can also enter your AAA Membership number for reference. Note: AAA Roadside Assistance is only available to AAA Members.
  • Phone: Displays the Bluetooth menu used to pair the Maestro with a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, as well as initiate phone calls and user options.
  • Trip Planner: The Trip Planner menu allows you to create a route with multiple destinations. The Optimize button can organize the order of the destinations into the most efficient route. Up to 20 trips can be created, each with up to 25 destinations.
  • 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.
  • User Options: The User Options menu can access functions used to customize the unit to your personal needs.

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. In the routing screen, you can view the name of the street you're currently traveling on, plus the street name for the next maneuver, POI icons, and distance to next maneuver. You can toggle between the distance remaining to reach your destination, approximate time remaining until the destination is reached, and the approximate time of day to arrive at your destination.

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 distance from 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 4250 is using certain GPS satellites to compute the position. Orange bars indicate that the Magellan Maestro 4250 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 4250, 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 4250, 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.

  • Region: Choose map data from Lower 48 states, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico.
  • System Settings:
    • Volume: The unit's volume can be set at 5 different levels or muted completely.
    • Brightness: The display has 7 levels of brightness to choose from. In addition, you can check a box which will lower the brightness to 75% when the unit is operated on battery power.
    • Auto Power Off: You can set the Maestro 4250 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.
    • Language:Allows you to select English, Spanish, or French.
    • 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 trip. 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.
  • Address Book Options: Lets you maintain the address book by clearing addresses, favorites, or previous entries
  • 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.
  • Navigation Instruction: You can enable or disable street name and/or exit ramp name announcements.
  • GPS Options: Lets you check your GPS status or set your GPS position.
  • Backup and Restore: Lets you make a backup copy of the unit's software or restore the data from a backup copy if lost.
  • Map Information: Lets you check which geographic area maps you're using, and the version number of the Basemap NavStreets, Detailed Map NavStreets, and AAA data software.
  • Traffic Options: You can set up the TrafficKit options, such as Incident Options, Traffic Selection, Subscription data, Traffic Status, and Restore Defaults.
  • Voice Options: Lets you turn on or off the Voice Recognition command software.

Setting GPS Position: Setting a GPS position is useful if you are not getting satellite information quickly because the Magellan Maestro 4250 has traveled over 500 miles while turned off. Setting the GPS position will allow the Maestro 4250 to compute which satellites are available and calculate the position quicker.

Auto Re-Route: If you travel off the computed route, the Magellan Maestro 4250 will automatically re-calculate the routing information to get you to your original destination using the routing method you selected when creating the route.

Customizable Route Method: You can set the Maestro 4250 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 4 hours of continuous use. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter, USB cable or included AC adapter. The unit remains operable while using the supplied vehicle adapter or AC adapter but is not operable when connected via USB.

Mounting: The Maestro 4250 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 4250 to your computer, the PC must meet the following minimum requirements:

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

Inputs, Outputs and Controls

Top Of Unit:

  • Power Button: turns unit on or off

Right Side Of Unit:

  • Card Slot: SD or MultiMedia Card
  • FM: 3.5mm mini-jack for connecting the FM antenna for the traffic service receiver
  • 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:

  • Reset Button: resets unit back to factory settings

Back Of Unit:

  • Antenna Input: female MCX jack for connecting external GPS antenna

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Magellan Maestro 4250

Written By Christopher, Mansfield, OH on Friday, September 19, 2008

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So easy to use, my nine year old sister loves it. This is my second Magellan(first one stolen, must be popular) I'd recommend them to anyone.

Magellan 4250

Written By Mike216, Cleveland, OH on Monday, August 11, 2008

The Magellan 4250 worked well for a few months. Gave Great Directions. But now it Locks up, keeps rerouting for no good reason, asks for a command and now the new problem when in the middle of a trip the screen turns white, but will still give commands and the touch screen is deactivated. Had to reset twice on a 100 mile trip. Almost threw unit out window.

Same issues as my old one

Written By kurtjski, Red Bluff, CA on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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I have an old Magellan 760 which has always given me fits (wish I would
have returned it while I could)- the new one inherited a lot of it, in my
opinion. Well, I used the 4250 for 2 hours and then it shut off and I couldn't
get it to come back on. Left it plugged in for a few hours and started
working again, but then intermittently it would quit working or pull up the
voice activated menu for no reason. Sometimes you have to push on the
screen a few times for it to take the letter, which is a little annoying.
Decided to get another one- well, after I used it a day
or so it stuck on the introductory screen and I couldn't get it to do anything
no matter what- had to just leave it on until the battery died. It has
everything that I want, I would give it 4 stars if it just worked. Returning
both of them to try a Garmin 760.

Wish it was reliable!

Written By DP, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

When it works, this thing is great! It is fast, very user friendly. Does a great job of announcing street nemes in just the right amount of time to make turns, or even change lanes to exit a freeway.

But right now, it is not working at all, even after power cycling, and holding the reset buttion down. Unfortunatly I will be returning this, don't know if I'll try another one or switch to another brand. Maybe mine was defective? I think it will be hard to find another brand/model that I like as well as this one when it worked.

Magellan Maestro 4250

Written By Sam, Cresco, Pa on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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The Magellan Maestro 4250 is a very nice unit. I have used it on several trips already and it works great. I do not get traffic updates because i believe they are not availble in my area. I do wish there user manual was better. Some of the functions i needed to figure out my self through the touch sceen display which by the way is also nice. good picture quality.
all around a good unit

Lost In Atlanta?

Written By Dominic, Atlanta GA on Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Before purchasing the Magellan Maestro 4250, my girlfriend and I were always getting lost in the suburbs of Atlanta Georgia. We would become frustrated at the waste of time, gasoline & $$ trying to find our way with few people to ask for directions, since everyone is driving and often times people are from other places in the country and are just as confused as we were. It is also important for me to say that knowing where you are going makes you a safer driver which is always important to both of us. The Maestro has eliminated alot of confusion and indecisive maneuvers for us on the road which makes driving much more pleasurable and safer. We like to take road trips alot and had an opportunity to put the Maestro to the test on a drive down to Deltona Florida recently. The Maestro navigated us to our destination with ease and pinpoint precision. It is a plug-N-play kind of device as well and will require very little time to learn to use it efficiently. We highly recommend it! Our only wish was that it had more voice activated commands.

Great Product

Written By MICHAEL, Nashville, Tn. on Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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The unit is attractive, and a breeze to set up. It is so intuitive to operate, that I have not had to refer to the manual, except for a few technical details. I find the voice command feature a plus. It works amazingly well, and does not require "voice training". Just remember to speak normally; yelling does not help!

The built-in antenna is amazing. It is hard to find a place where it does not pick up sattelite signals. The traffic alert system is also a handy feature to negotiate rush hour traffic.

This unit does not have an MP3 player, (and thus no FM transmitter), but I like the voice command feature better than an MP3. Besides, for the difference in price between this GPS and say the Garmin 760, you could buy a nice MP3 player, and have the voice command feature not found on the Garmin.

I would recommend this product for its ease of use and sharp display. I have experienced no problems with it so far.

Works great! No problems

Written By Mike, Dallas / Ft Worth, TX on Saturday, November 17, 2007

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I have only had the Magellan 4250 for 3 days so far but I couldn't be happier. Registering and activating traffic service with Magellan worked smoothly. The unit took me to and from work different ways each day based on traffic and it actually did save me time taking roads I have never thought to take before. Traffic conditions are picked up within about 10 seconds of turning the unit on. I was able to pair with my LG CU500 phone even though it isn't listed as being compatible for bluetooth. This particular feature probably isn't that useful since you must be very close to the unit for the built in mic to pick up good sound. I think this is the same with other brands too. Routing is excellent, re-routing is quick. Nice screen. I like the fact that Magellan includes the AC adapter and case while these are extra even for the Garmin 760 which is closest in features to this model but costs much more. The mounting bracket is sturdy and easy to attach. For me this unit is a great value and Crutchfield offered fantastic service!

Good product but keeps locking up

Written By edwindow, Baltimore, MD on Monday, November 12, 2007

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I love this product but it keeps locking up. I'm on my second one and this one is locking up as well. All of the features are great on this product. It is just trying to get one that will work for you. It looks like I may go to another vendor.

Good things. The screen is nice and big. The voice part is great. You need to get close to it and turn down your radio. The system does find your location quick. That was a plus.

So you may try to get this but there is a 50/50 chance it may not work when you need it.

Magellan, OK when/if it works.

Written By John, Frenchtown, NJ on Wednesday, November 07, 2007

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Went through two (2) Magellan Maestro 4050's and both had very poor, unreliable voice/speech capability. They would garble, distort and lock up frequently. I thought the first unit was bad, but really got frustrated when second unit did the same. Thank God Magellan discontinued this model.

Crutchfield was kind enough to send me now a 4250 as a replacement. Seems to work well, sleeker, thinner than 4050; They had to reduce speaker size so volume/speech is a bit tinney....almost sounds like an early transistor radio. At least no distortion or lock up (so far).

Can't activate Live Traffic yet as Magellan has not added the 4250 to the 'Traffic Set up Page' yet. Kind of silly that their product marketing is behind on this; it is very frustrating as I've had it now a week and can't evaluate if this unit is fully operational yet.

I'll give Magellan a few more days to get this site updated so I can 'turn on' Live Traffic. Else back to Crutchfield for a Garmin and Magellan 'NEVER MORE'.