The Magellan Maestro 3100 is the entry level GPS in the Magellan Maestro series. It has a 3.5″ touch-screen, the super-sensitive SiRFstar III chipset, 750,000 points of interest (POIs), and is pre-loaded with maps of the 48 contiguous United States.
I have not been very impressed with receivers with such a low number of POIs. Even units with 1.5 million POIs have frequently failed to turn up the store, restaurant, etc. that I was looking for, meaning that I would need to enter the address for navigation (if I even had it). Other reviewers, linked to below, didn’t seem to have many problems with the Maestro 3100 though. Perhaps they are in areas without as many new stores, etc.
Moving up to the Maestro 3140 will get you 4.5 million POIs, maps of all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use, AAA travel information, and the ability to call out upcoming street names (so you’ll get “turn right on Main Street” instead of just “turn right”).
More Magellan Maestro 3100 reviews
- The first consumer-written Magellan Maestro 3100 reviews have been posted at Amazon.
- Scott at GPS Lodge has posted a Magellan Maestro 3100/3140 review.
- GPS Magazine has posted an in-depth Magellan Maestro 3100 review, dubbing it “a bargain.”
- Consumer-authored Magellan Maestro 3100 reviews are also showing up at CNet, where the editors gave the unit a 6.0 out of 10 rating.
- ComputerActive gave a low 3.0 out of 5 star rating in their Magellan Maestro 3100 review.
- UsedShoe reviews the Magellan Maestro 3100.
- Read Magellan Maestro 3100 Compact Automotive GPS System
reviews at TigerGPS.
- A UK perspective on the Magellan Maestro 3100.
- The Oklahoma Outdoorsman compares the Magellan Maestro 3100 to two other GPS recievers.
- A video review of the Magellan Maestro 3100, comparing it to the nuvi 250
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some other…
Magellan Maestro 3100 resources
- A PDF version of the Magellan Maestro 3100 owners manual.
- There is a Magellan Maestro message forum at GpsPasSion.
- There is also a Magellan GPS message forum at Yahoo, and an alt.satellite.gps.magellan UseNet group.
- Our other Magellan Maestro reviews.
- The official Magellan Maestro 3100 web page.
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