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Product review: The Magellan® RoadMate® 5175T-LM Traveler GPS

Magellan® RoadMate® 5175T-LM Traveler GPS


Company Product Description ~ The Magellan® RoadMate® 5175T-LM Traveler GPS navigator helps you create and enjoy spontaneous adventures – whether you are on break between business meetings or looking for vacation attractions. With a Wi-Fi browser to search for local points of interest and the TourDirector feature to choose attractions and plan your day, this companion can keep you on the right path or be your guide to the road less traveled.
The Magellan Traveler GPS is a full-featured, Wi-Fi enabled GPS navigator with a large 5" high-resolution touchscreen with flexible viewing in portrait or landscape mode, Free Lifetime Map Updates, Lifetime Traffic Alerts, and automatic software updates. To make sure that you can choose the best places to stay, play, dine, and more, Magellan has partnered with the most trusted name in travel – AAA.
Only Magellan navigators include the built-in AAA TourBook® with Diamond ratings and descriptions on AAA-approved places. With the "Where am I?" feature you can identify your location, and if you are a AAA member, you can easily access Roadside Assistance phone numbers from your device. The Magellan Traveler GPS enables you to personalize your travel experience with the OneTouch™ menu of your favorite places and searches.
Bookmark your favorite coffee shop, restaurant, gas station, or bank to find your favorites wherever you travel. Enjoy subscription-free Lifetime Traffic Alerts, Highway Lane Assist, and Spoken Street Names to ease your way. Premium maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico make this companion perfect for everything from local road trips to cross-country travel.
Travel with confidence using the Magellan® RoadMate® 5175T-LM Traveler, an easy-to-use, GPS navigator packed with premium features, tour planning tools, and free map updates during the lifetime of your device.

Magellan® RoadMate® 5175T-LM Traveler GPS

Manufacturer: Magellan
Product Number: RM5175SGLUC

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- TourDirector:
Exclusive to the Magellan Traveler GPS, this personal guide will help you plan visits to nearby attractions and activities. It includes location ratings, descriptions, and approximate visit time.

- Wi-Fi Web Browser:
Allows you to search for destinations from any location with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

- Wi-Fi Software Updates:
Keeps your navigator up-to-date with the latest software updates delivered automatically to your device.

- 6 Million Points of Interest (POI):
Search for gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs and millions of other destinations from the huge pre-loaded POI database.

- Highway Exit POI Search:
Search for gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and more near upcoming highway exits.

- Exclusive AAA TourBook® and Roadside Assistance**:
Magellan exclusive built-in AAA TourBook® provides ratings and descriptions of AAA approved places to stay, play, dine, and more. With the "Where am I?" feature you can identify your location, and if you are a AAA member, you can easily access Roadside Assistance phone numbers from your device.

- OneTouch™ Favorites Menu:
This Magellan exclusive feature enables you to easily bookmark your favorite destinations and searches so you can easily find them wherever you travel. Find your favorite café or restaurant in any city with a single touch.

- Portrait and Landscape Viewing Modes:
Easy-viewing screen modes adapt to whatever works best for your personal viewing preference.

- Free Lifetime Map Updates*:
Never worry about out-of-date maps again. Update your Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM Traveler with FREE Map Updates during the lifetime of your device.

- Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts:
Real-time, subscription-free traffic updates sent directly to your device. Get updates whenever you need them.

- Highway Lane Assist:
Realistic highway signs point you in the right direction when you’re approaching interchanges and exits, so that you'll choose the correct lane well before your next turn.

- Spoken Street Name Guidance:
Street names and directions are called out so that you have a clear understanding of when to make the next turn while you keep your eyes on the road.

- Speed Limit Warnings:
Hear and see warnings to manage your speed within local limits.

- QuickSpell® with SmartCity Search:
Enter destinations with only a few touches. QuickSpell narrows addresses and locations, making destination entry easy.

- Multi-destination Routing:
Plan a trip with multiple stops in the order you want. You can also optimize your itinerary for the most efficient route.

- Premium Maps:
Travel the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with all the maps you need pre-loaded on your device. And, with Free Map Updates during the lifetime of the device, never worry about out-of-date maps again.

*Lifetime Maps entitles you to receive up to four (4) map updates per year, for the life of the GPS receiver or until Magellan no longer receives relevant map data. Internet connection and Content Manager required.

**Requires AAA membership. Visit for more details.

*Device -
Dimensions (English): 5.6" x 3.5" x .5"
Dimensions (Metric): 142mm x 90.4mm x 12.9mm
Weight (English): 8.32 oz
Weight (Metric): 235g
Battery Type: Li-ion (integrated)
Battery Life: 2 Hours
Speaker: Yes
CPU: 533 MHz
Expandable Memory: microSD
Temperature Range (F): 14F to 158F
Temperature Range (C): -10C to 70C
SD Slot: Yes

*Screen -
Display Resolution: WVGA
Screen Size: 5.0"
Display Type: Color, Transmissive
Touch Screen: Yes

*GPS & Sensors -
GPS Accuracy: 3-5 Meters
High-Sensitivity GPS: Yes
Antenna Type: Multidirectional Patch

*Mapping & Navigation -
Preloaded Maps: US, Canada, Puerto Rico
Points of Interest: 6M
Turn-by-Turn Routing: Yes
AAA TourBook: Yes
Lifetime Traffic Alerts: Yes
Highway Lane Assist: Yes
Map Updates: Lifetime
Multi-Destination Routing: Yes
OneTouch Favorites Menu: Yes
Speed Limits: Yes
Spoken Street Names: Yes
Branded POIs: Yes
POIs Along Route: Yes
Smart City Search: Yes
Smart Detour: Yes
QWERTY/ABCD Keyboard: Yes
Find Your Car: Yes
Pedestrian Mode: Yes
TourDirector: Yes
Landscape/Portrait Mode: Yes

*Interface & Communications -
USB Port: USB 2.0
PC Compatible: Yes
MAC Compatible: No
Bluetooth: No
Wi-Fi: Yes

Referring to the new Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM as simply a GPS unit would be an understatement to say the least as keeping up with the ever expanding technology world pushes what used to be one function specific devices into the multi-functional realm. And while the 5175 does have a few minor issues typical of many current GPS devices, the overwhelming functionality and now onboard WiFi feature will have you thinking Tablet more than target.
The two major drawbacks of the 5175 lay with the overlooked yet highly desired implementation of Bluetooth technology and; for some, the lack of Mac compatibility when it comes to updating the device. And while the Bluetooth issue seems a more slack worthy concession, in that most Bluetooth devices that could be paired with the unit may already offer their own GPS solutions, Magellan may have severely capped an enormous economic pipeline with Mac users regarding incompatibility, especially with the added draw of lifetime map updates adding insult to injury.
Users can update the unit via its WiFi connection; so it’s not a total wash, but my experiences with the 5175’s WiFi speed thus far have been fair at best. And while at the time of this review no immediate plans have been uttered to resolve this issue, Magellan may yet seek to offer eager Mac users a more stable solution, given the scope and sizeable features the 5175 offers.
First and foremost though the 5175 is; after all, a GPS and as such delivers impeccable performance and reliable service. Whether taking on the vast labyrinth of Houston streets or simply finding your way to the best “little known gems” in town, the 5175 guides you through with amazing clarity and ease of use. And with all of downtown Houston’s one-way streets and confusing construction – the true tests of any superior unit – the 5175 definitely stands up to any and all abundant; and annoying, “recalculating” concerns.
Other notable features include an incredibly slim but solid feel, a Mini-SD card slot – though why they didn’t just go with a standard SD card slot is confusing – a QWERTY keyboard (standard keyboard like the one in front of your computer) feature, and probably one of the best features offered… the device has the capabilities of speaking the street names to you. So you never have to take your eyes off the road in fear of missing your exit.
The WiFi feature is also nice for those who don’t have Smartphones; but again as in stated above, the web browser is fairly slow and intermittently reliable. So though somewhat encumbered by a few minor cons, the Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM persistently leads on taking both drivers and data-heads to the next level of GPS convenience.

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