Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050
The Magellan Maestro line of GPS systems were introduced in Early 2006 after being leaked a few days before the event. The line is a widescreened (4.3 inch) line of GPS units that are the first out of the Magellan shop after its recent sale to a private equity firm after what seemed like a period of relative neglect by its former parent company Thales.
The Magellan Maestro line is SiRF star III equipped and has preloaded maps of the continental US. The Maestro 4040 and 4050 add maps of Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. The units feature “Quickspell” capability, which limits the letters on the keyboard to only those letters that can logically be next in the street name (or town/state) that you are typing. Definitely a nice feature.
Maestro 4000, - The base Magellan Maestro 4000 has preloaded maps, but does not have Text to Speech (TTS) capability, or Bluetooth. While the TTS is an unfortunate omission, the price is pretty good for a widescreened flat form factor unit.
Maestro 4040 - The Magellan Maestro 4040 adds Text to Speech and Bluetooth capability for a nicely rounded offering. It also adds extra maps: Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
Maestro 4050Maestro 4050 - The top of the line Magellan Maestro 4050 adds the ability to use voice commands. A feature that could change the overall GPS market.
CNet reviews the Magellan Maestro 4000 and 4040.
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Posted by Scott Martin at April 1, 2007 6:30 PM