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TomTom XL 340 • TM

Portable navigator with Lifetime Maps and Lifetime Traffic Updates

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by Dominic Devito

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.

This TomTom package combines the features and functionality of their XL 340 • S navigator with Lifetime Traffic Updates and Lifetime Maps. You'll stay up-to-date on the latest traffic situations, and you can update your navigator's maps up to four times a year as long as you own it.

XL 340 • TM
TomTom's XL 340 • TM navigator gives you the big picture with a 4.3" widescreen touch display and text-to-speech voice prompts. The detailed maps of the entire United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and much of Mexico offer easy-to-follow routes and access to 7 million points of interest. You can find fuel, lodging, food, camping, and other nearby attractions and services with just a few taps of the finger, and you can upload custom destinations for future reference.

Lifetime Traffic Updates and Lifetime Maps
With the included traffic-info receiver featuring Lifetime Traffic Updates, your navigator receives reports on congestion along your route in most metropolitan areas automatically, so you can steer clear of potential delays. Lifetime Maps allows you to update your TomTom up to four times every year, so your maps and POIs stay current. You'll save on additional subscription fees and benefit from reduced costs over the life of your navigator. Simply connect your navigator to your computer and download the available map updates from TomTom's website using the code on the enclosed Lifetime Maps card.

Stay on course
The XL 340 • TM offers helpful features to get you to your destination without fuss. The text-to-speech voice prompts announce the actual street name at upcoming turns, so you'll hear "turn right on Main Street," instead of "take the next right." Advanced lane guidance directs you to the proper lane for upcoming maneuvers so you won't miss a turn. And TomTom's IQ Routes™ technology saves you time by finding the quickest route to your destination using actual average travel speeds rather than posted speed limits. For example, if the shortest route to your destination is traditionally slow in the late afternoon, the TomTom will look for a better way there.

Keep your maps up-to-date
TomTom's MapShare software lets you fix map inaccuracies on the spot, instead of waiting for the next update. You can edit speed limits, points of interest, street names and directions, and more right on your XL 340 • TM. You can also report the error directly to TomTom online and choose to share the fix with other TomTom users. TomTom verifies all changes so you can import edits made by others to your navigator.

Extras that enhance your journeys
The "Help Me!" feature provides one-touch information for nearby emergency services, including phone numbers for rapid response. TomTom's EasyPort™ mount folds away for convenient storage and transport between vehicles. Plan trips with TomTom's free HOME software suite, which also allows you to update your navigator.

    Details:
    • portable navigator with built-in antenna
    • EasyPort suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
    • includes car power adapter, USB cable, and rechargeable battery with 3 hours of life
    • FM-TMC traffic-info receiver for Lifetime Traffic Updates in most metropolitan areas
    Navigation features:
    • 4.3" color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
    • 7 million points of interest
    • 2 GB flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and much of Mexico
    • Lifetime Maps guarantees four new map updates per year
    • allows custom points of interest
    • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual street names at turns
    • IQ Routes uses average travel speeds to find the fastest route
    • lane guidance
    • allows user to edit some aspects of built-in maps and/or report suggested changes to TomTom
    • allows user to download celebrity voice prompts from TomTom
    • navigation modes: auto, pedestrian, bicycle
    Other features and specs:
     

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    Features
    Maps
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    Built-in
    Map Coverage
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    US (50), CA, PR, MEX (Partial)
    Points of Interest
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    7 million
    Multiple Destination Routing
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    Yes
    Screen Size
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    4.3"
    Widescreen
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    Yes
    Bluetooth Capable
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    No
    Photo Viewer
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    No
    Digital Audio Playback
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    No
    Text To Speech
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    Yes
    Voice Control
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    No
    Dynamic Content Services
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    None
    Removable Memory Type
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    N/A
    Battery Life
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    3 Hours
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    • Portable GPS navigation receiver
    • EasyPort suction cup mount
    • Self-adhesive mounting disc
    • 62" USB cable (with Type A USB connector on one end and a Mini USB 2.0 connector on the other end)
    • TMC receiver/cigarette lighter adapter with attached 5.5' DC output cord (DC output: 5V/1.2A)
    • User Guide (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Lifetime Maps Card

    Our Product Research Team

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    Features

    Overview: The TomTom XL 340 TM can be used in your car or used as a handheld navigation unit. Maps of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and portions of Mexico are stored in the unit's internal flash memory. The TomTom XL 340 TM also comes with a TMC receiver for real-time traffic updates. It also includes a power adapter for the car and the EasyPort suction-cup mount, giving you an easy way to mount the TomTom XL 340 TM in your vehicle.

    Lifetime Maps: This TomTom XL 340 TM includes a Lifetime Maps Card that entitles you to 4 free map data updates per year, when such updates are made available on TomTom Home or TomTom's website. Lifetime Maps allows you to download the latest version of the map that was pre-installed on the GPS unit. Lifetime Maps will only update map regions which are currently preloaded on your device. The map update is valid for maps of the US, Canada, and Mexico only and will update your currently installed map. Simply connect the TomTom XL 340 TM to your computer and it will search for map updates from TomTom's website. If a new update is detected, it will be installed automatically on the GPS navigation unit.

    Note: New editions of the TomTom base map are issued every four months. This TomTom Lifetime Maps subscription may not be transferred to another person or another TomTom product.

    4.3" Touchscreen: The TomTom XL 340 TM features a 4.3" anti-glare TFT LCD touchscreen (16:9 aspect ratio) for easy operation using TomTom's user-friendly menus system.

    Built-In Speaker: The unit features loud and clear spoken instructions through its built-in speaker. You can choose from 14 male or female voices in 3 languages, or download other voices and languages from the TomTom website.

    TomTom Home: Once you've loaded the TomTom Home software on your computer from the TomTom Home website, you can back up the information programmed on your XL 340 TM, manage maps, voices, POIs (Points Of Interest), and other extras, plan trips in advance and update the TomTom XL 340 S with the latest software and services automatically.

    Note: System Requirements:

    • Windows: Windows XP, 2000 or Vista (latest service packs recommended), Pentium III/equivalent or higher, 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended), internet connection (preferably broadband - DSL/Cable/LAN) for downloading updates, maps or services
      • TomTom Home software is a 20MB download requiring 50MB of disk space when installed
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, 500 MHz G3 processor or better, 256MB RAM, internet connection (preferably broadband - DSL/Cable/LAN) for downloading updates, maps or services

    IQ Routes: The XL 340 TM is equipped with IQ Routes technology. When you select a destination, the unit calculates the fastest route possible using actual average speeds of travel rather than posted speed limits.

    Map Correction With Map Share: Map Correction allows you to make alterations to the map data on the TomTom XL 340 TM. You can block or unblock a street, reverse the traffic direction of a street, edit a street name, add a missing POI, or edit an existing POI. You can correct this information on the device as well as send this information to TomTom for review. You can also join the community of TomTom users to share and use map corrections.

    Text-to-Speech: The TomTom XL 340 TM will not only announce turn-by-turn navigation instructions, it will also announce street names and road numbers.

    Note: You must select a computer voice and not a recorded human voice in order for street names to be read.

    Help Me!: The Help Me! feature provides and easy way for you to find and contact emergency services centers and other specialist services around you current location. This menu provides locations and phone numbers for these services. The Help Me! menu also includes a selection of useful documents covering topics such as First Aid and car maintenance.

    Navigation: The 'Navigate to...' menu is the simplest and most useful starting point in most situations. Given your current GPS position, you can use this to navigate to any given address, intersection, favorite location, POI (Point Of Interest), and so on. You can choose from the following options:

    • Home: Once your home location is stored in memory, it can be quickly be chosen as a destination.
    • Favorite: The locations that you visit frequently can be stored in the Favorite menu. A Favorite can be chosen as a destination without having to enter its address each time.
    • Address: This option lets you enter a City, Street Name/House Number, Zip code or Intersection to navigate to.
    • Recent Destination: You can display a list of addresses, Points Of Interest and other destinations that you've used recently.
    • Point Of Interest: This option lets you choose from a database of millions of railway stations, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and so on.
    • Point On Map: You can use the map browser to select a destination, scroll around the map, zooming in or out as needed.
    • My Location: You can save the current GPS position in memory and return to it in the future.
    • Position Of Last Stop: You can save the position of your last stop and return to it in the future.
    • Latitude/Longitude: You can enter a destination with latitude and longitude coordinates.

    Favorite Locations: The Favorite menu allows you to store locations that you visit frequently into memory. You can choose a favorite location the same way you choose a destination. The following menu options are available; Home, Address, Recent Destination, Point On Map, My Location (allows you to store your current location quickly), latitude and longitude, and Position of Last Stop.

    Find Alternative: Once a route has been planned, you can change it using the 'Find alternative...' menu. You can choose from the following options:

    • Calculate Alternative: You can find an alternative route if you don't like the original route.
    • Avoid Roadblock: If you spot signs of trouble (such as backed-up traffic or 'Delays ahead' warning signs), you can choose this menu option. You need to estimate whether the blockage extends 100 yards, 1/4 mile, 1 mile or 3 miles ahead of your current position and then select the appropriate icon.
    • Travel via...: Choose 'Travel via...' if you want to make sure the planned route goes past a particular location, perhaps to pick up or drop someone off. The new location is selected the same as you would pick a departure point or destination.
    • Avoid Part of Route: This menu option allows you to avoid intersections that are known for heavy traffic.
    • Recalculate Original: You can return to the original best route.
    • Minimize Traffic Delays: Avoid traffic delays using the included TMC traffic receiver.

    Advanced Planning: The Advanced Planning allows you to plan ahead. Using this menu, you can look at the best route and journey time between any two given locations, or perhaps get directions that will help someone else get to your current position. You can select the departure location in the usual way. You'll then be asked to 'Pick a destination', again with the usual choices. Finally, you will need to choose the route type from the following options: Fastest route, Shortest route (for motor vehicles), Avoid highways, Walking route (i.e. the shortest route, ignoring all traffic rules and excluding highways), Bicycle route (i.e. the shortest route obeying traffic rules but still excluding highways), or Limited speed (the quickest route for a vehicle of limited top speed, i.e. many road types are equally preferred, apart from highways).

    View Route: If you already have a route planned, you can explore it in various ways by choosing 'View route'. You can choose from the following options:

    • Browse as Text: This option provides a simple list of the junctions involved and the distances (or times, use the 'Options' button to change the numbers shown) between them.
    • Browse as Images: Using this option presents each junction in 3D, with your turn instruction clearly marked.
    • Browse Map of Route: This option allows to overlay the route onto a map that you can zoom and scroll around.
    • Show Route Demo: This feature shows an animation of your route.
    • Show Route Summary: This option allows you to display the graphical overview of your route that was shown when it was first calculated.

    Route Re-calculation: This unit will automatically re-calculate your route if you detour from the planned one.

    TomTom-TMC Traffic Receiver: With the traffic receiver built right into the unit's cigarette lighter adapter, you will stay up to date on traffic conditions along your route. Available in 110 metropolitan areas in North America, TomTom Lifetime Traffic Updates will recalculate your travel time and suggest alternate routes. TomTom Traffic provides the following features:

    • Real-time traffic information across the US, using accurate and up-to-date sources.
    • Detailed incident reports estimated delay times, alternative routes and - if enabled - automatic re-routing.
    • Accurate real-time warnings about dangerous road conditions ahead (fog, snow, ice and so on) anywhere in the US.
    • Clear on-screen animated traffic alerts as and when you want them, plus spoken alerts.
    • Smart push technology which minimizes the amount of data needed to update traffic information on your device.

    Note: The XL 340 TM provides a Lifetime TomTom Traffic subscription for the United States and Canada.

    Preferences: You can change much of the look and feel of your TomTom system to your own liking by using 'Preferences'. You can adjust the following:

    • Display Color Scheme: When 'Use Day Colors' is selected, bright colors are used, with a lot of contrast, so that you can see the map clearly. When it is dark outside, you may want to 'Use Night Colors'. The navigation view will then be displayed (by default) using dark and subdued colors that will not interfere with your night vision. The TomTom also has a light sensor which can do this automatically.
    • Enable/Disable POI: This option allows you to show or hide each category of POI; for example, show restaurants and don't show ferry terminals.
    • Safety Preferences: The unit provides a list of preferences to make your journey safer. You can select from: Hide menu options while driving, Suggest driving breaks, Show safety reminders, Warn when near churches or schools, Warn when driving faster than set speed or faster than allowed, and Warn not to leave device in car.
    • Guided Tours: This option gives you tutorials on the GPS unit, menu options, map browsing, route planning, and traffic (if subscribed).
    • Turn Off Sound/Turn On Sound: You can turn the navigation voice on or off.
    • Volume Preferences: Adjust the volume based on the amount of noise in the car. You can also link the volume to your speed, so directions are louder at higher speeds.
    • Manage Favorites: You can rename or delete favorites.
    • Status Bar Preferences: You can check off items to show on status bar: Remaining Time, Remaining Distance, Arrival Time, Current Time, Street Name, or Speed. You can also orient the status bar vertically or horizontally on the screen.
    • Change Voice: The TomTom has a wide range of male and female voices to choose from for commands.
    • Warn When Near POI: The unit will provide an audible warning when near selected points of interest.
    • 3D/2D Map: The main 3D navigation view, showing maps, routes and Points Of Interest from the perspective of the vehicle driver, can be switched to a more conventional 2D view. Choose 'Turn off 3D display' to revert to an overhead 'plan' map, which is constantly rotated to keep your current direction of travel pointing 'up' the screen. Choose 'Turn on 3D display' to return to the original view.
    • Name Preferences: Allows you to choose how streets and highways are named.
    • Change Home Location: Change your home location by entering an address, a recent destination, point of interest, GPS position, point on map, or latitude/longitude.
    • Manage Map: You can download a new map, change the map you're using, or delete a map.
    • Planning Preferences: You can select option for each time a search is done: fastest route, shortest route, avoid freeways, walking routes, bicycle routes, or limited speed. You can also choose to be asked preference each time a search is done.
    • Change Language: You can select from multiple languages for voice commands.
    • Set Owner: Enter your name and address as owner of the unit and secure it with a four digit password.
    • Operate Left/Right Handed: You can change the button orientation to one side of the screen or the other depending upon the hand being used.
    • Brightness Preferences: To save you adjusting the brightness several times each day, there are two preference sliders, one each for the daytime and nighttime color schemes. You can also choose to turn brightness down, or switch to night view when dark.
    • Change Map Colors: You can independently select from 10 map color schemes for day and night colors.
    • Set Units: You can choose to display units for distances, time, latitude/longitude, temperature, or barometer measurements.
    • Set Clock: You can set the time manually and change the way the clock is displayed. The clock can also be set automatically using the GPS signal.
    • Switch/Manage Maps: You can switch between the current map (U.S. and Canada) to any other maps that may be available.
    • Keyboard Preferences: The size and layout of the keyboard can be changed. You can select between "ABCD", "QWERTY", or "AZERTY" keyboard layouts.
    • Compass Preferences: Choose type of compass: arrow pointing north, arrow showing your heading, arrow pointing toward destination, or none.
    • Reset Factory Settings: Lets you delete all settings, locations, and itineraries that have been added.

    Rechargeable Battery: Fully charging the internal Lithium-ion rechargeable battery will take approximately 2 hours. A fully charged battery offers approximately 3 hours of operation.

    EasyPort Mount: The unit comes with the new EasyPort suction cup mount. The EasyPort is hinged, and can open up to 120°. It can also swivel freely 360°, allowing you to mount the unit on the windshield or on the dash or console using the self-adhesive plastic disc. When you are finished navigating, you can fold up the EasyPort mount and put it in your pocket or optional carrying case.

    USB Input: The unit has a mini USB version 2.0 port on the bottom to accommodate the car charger or connect to your computer.

     
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