Sunday, March 18, 2012

Magellan RoadMate 2000 review

UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide or check out our other Magellan auto GPS reviews.

I’ve been playing with a Magellan RoadMate 2000 for the past week or so, and have had a chance to put it through its paces. When Magellan announced the RoadMate 2000, 2200T, and 2500T, they highlighted the “crossover” nature of this product line — the fact that they were designed for auto use or outdoor navigation. Unless you read the fine print, it was easy to assume that the “crossover” features extend to the RoadMate 2000. For the most part, they don’t. More on that shortly.

Auto navigation GPS

The Magellan RoadMate 2000 is a basic car navigation GPS, but it has a few features that make it quite attractive at a retail price of $399:

  • First and foremost is the SiRFstar III chipset, for great reception in urban canyons and under canopy.
  • It also has the SmartDetour™ feature, that senses when traffic has slowed significantly under the speed limits, and offers to send you on an alternate route.
  • An “Exit POI” button provides access to a list of the most common points of interest (POI) categories available at the next several upcoming exits.
  • The Roadmate 2000 has a nice, slim form factor.
  • Magellan’s QuickSpell feature greys out characters that can no longer be used as you input a name. This makes for faster and more accurate entry.
  • Speaker quality is good.
  • The touch screen is bright.

The downsides:

  • Chief among the unit’s deficiencies is the rather anemic number of POI’s. 1.3 million may sound like a lot, but I could not find major retailers that had been in their current location for 20 years! Many other units offer 6 million POIs.
  • There is no option to show your estimated time of arrival, a feature that I find quite handy. Instead, the 2000 shows time remaining to destination.
  • There is no text to speech functionality, so you get “turn right” instead of “turn right onto Main Street.”
  • Planning a route ahead of time is a pain, partially because of the low number of POIs. You can’t pan the map and search for a POI near the map. You can search by City Center, but that’s as close as it gets. And every time I wanted to add a new POI to the trip list, I had to spell out the city name again.

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I found panning the map to be counterintuitive at first; it seemed that you needed to drag your finger in the opposite direction from the way you want the map to go. But another way to look at it is that you drag the area you want to look at towards the center of the screen. Once you get used to this, it’s very easy.


Not made for backcountry use

If you’re expecting this unit to do double duty in the backcountry, you’re in for a disappointment. The Magellan Roadmate 2200T and Magellan CrossoverGPS (formerly known as the 2500T) may do this well, but not the RoadMate 2000. The only way I see you being able to use it in the backcountry is to navigate back to an address or intersection, entirely on roads. You can’t load topo maps, see your coordinates or transfer tracks. I suppose you could use POIs in place of waypoints and for route creation, but you’re going to be limited to addresses and intersections when you try to create them.

My conclusion? Basic, but flawed auto navigation at good price.

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Comments

  1. RAY HAYWARD says:

    I find the Roadmate 2000 to be a good unit for the price.But there is a BIG draw back on this unit when it come to enter a location that is on a rual route,highway or us highway.It will not accept the address there fo you cannot go to that location.I call the factor for help they were not very hepfull specially when you talk to someone who don’t speek very good english,how can you tell someone your problem when they can not understand you.So i am stuck with this roadmate 2000.

  2. Yeah, I just tried it on a CrossoverGPS (MRM 2500T) that I’m testing. It is hard to do without a valid address in the database, using the proper road name. And you can’t just tap on the map where you want to go like you can with my nuvi.

  3. Thanks for pointing out that these models allow you to pan. I checked out the manual and it appears that you can select a destination after panning. See pages 16-17 here: http://www.magellangps.com/assets/manuals/2200T_EN.pdf . To quote:
    “Creating a new address
    1. From the Main Menu, tap Address Book.
    2. Tap Create New Entry
    3. Select Select on Map…. The Map screen is displayed. Use your finger or stylus to pan the
    crosshair cursor around the map. When the crosshair cursor is over the point on
    the map you want, tap on the crosshair cursor…
    4. The Edit Address Book screen is displayed. Edit the name or information line if
    desired. If this address is to be added to your favorites list, tap on the check box
    for Favorite.
    5. Tap Save.”

  4. Wow, I never would have thought of that. Not exactly intuitive, huh? Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. is there software or drivers to correct to my pc?

  6. cannot find software or drivers for computer, has anybody been able to hook-up the magellan roadmate 2000 to their computer?

  7. As far as I know, there is no way to do this. Magellan is coming out with a PC Tools application for the CrossoverGPS (2500). Maybe it will work with other models too.

  8. mondo, man!! says:

    go into the device manager and try to reinstall the driver . this is what worked for me, it should use the c:\windows\system32\drivers\wceusbsh.sys .
    to refresh, it Control panel/System/Hardware/Device manager/( look under unknown devices or windows ce usb devices)/ then the driver tab

  9. Interesting. If anyone tries it, let us hear about your experience. Thanks mondo!

  10. To get the driver to install properly on win XP plug the GPS into the computer and find it in device manager. Double click it and then click the “reinstall driver” button. That did the trick for me.

  11. Rich garetano says:

    I am unable to get windows XP to load the drivers for the Magellan RoadMate 2000.Windows XP reconized the unit but will not load the drivers for it. I tried to restall the drivers as stated, but that would not work. I tried installing the device on a few other PC’s and would not install. Is there anyone out there that has found another way to get wonderful windows XP to load the drivers.

  12. Rich,
    If nobody chimes in here, I would suggest asking your question at http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showforum=11. It’s a geocaching forum, but there are some great Magellan users there.
    I did some searches of multiple forums, but turned up nothing helpful.

  13. Mike McLoud says:

    Connecting GPS to Windows XP
    On the MagellanGPS.com website on the support page for the Roadmaster 2000 you will find an update for version 1.56. Download this update (zip file), extract the files, open the new folder and run the .exe file and follow the directions. They will tell you when to plug the GPS into the computer. Mine did not connect properly (you hear three quick beeps), so I minimized the Version 1.56 update and went into the Device manager (right click on my computer, select properties, hardware tab, device manager) then double click on the Roadmate USB device and reinstall the drivers. They finally installed correctly!! Then go back to the Version 1.56 update and let it finish. This worked for me!

  14. Richard Garetano says:

    Rich,
    Thank you for your direction as they worked like a champ. The upgrade worked just as you discribed. Thank you for your time and direction. Have a great day.

  15. Hello! great idea of color of this siyte!

  16. is it possible to switch to Spanish language ? I see the option but it’s dark.

  17. According to the manual, “English is the
    only language presently available unless you are using Canadian data supplied
    from Magellan, then French will be available.”

  18. yeah, both English and french are available, but I saw that Spanish and Italien were on it too, and thought that a software update or something would make them available as well. this gps is not mine, a guy at work (spanish speaking) bought it and ask me to set the language in spanish, last time I had another coworker that ask me too and I was able to do it , but it was a different model..

  19. Please tell me if I can upgrade my roadmate 2000 so that it will say the names of the streets?
    Thanks,
    Paul

  20. Please tell me if I can upgrade my roadmate 2000 so that it will say the names of the streets?
    Thanks,
    Paul

  21. Paul,
    I don’t think so.

  22. does any one know how to change magellan 2000 to spanish language or how to get update?

  23. For some reason my Magellan 2000 is not telling me where to make turns and it keeps going and going and get’s to the destination faster than I LOL. Did I changed any settings that I was not supposed to change ?? help

  24. You may have accidentally engaged a demonstration or simulation mode. That is what it sounds like.

  25. is there a way to NOT register and download the driver? how annoying.

  26. Rich M, thanks, that fixed my problem too, and I was able to connect and update my wife’s 2200T

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