The Magellan Maestro 4050 is one of the first GPS navigators to feature voice recognition, allowing you to speak commands. The available commands aren’t limitless though, and this is new technology, so there are bound to be a few bugs due to ambient noise, etc. Nevertheless, it certainly is very cool to be able to issue commands just by speaking to your GPS.
Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the rest of the feature set. Like its sibling, the Maestro 4040, the Maestro 4050 has a 4.3″ wide-screen, the SiRFstar III chipset, Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use and preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Both units also have 4.5 million points of interest (POIs) and they both call out street names for upcoming turns.
What separates it from the 4040 is the that the Magellan Maestro 4050 has live-traffic included (an option on the 4040) and the previously mentioned voice-recognition feature.
To see how the 4050 stacks up against other units, check out my Magellan auto GPS comparison chart.
More Magellan Maestro 4050 reviews
- The first consumer-authored Magellan Maestro 4050 review has been posted at Amazon.
- Gizmodo has posted a Magellan Maestro 4050 review, including the video below.
- GPS Magazine has posted their typically in-depth Magellan Maestro 4050 review, pronouncing it “HAL 9000’s dumber, less evil cousin.”
- PC Magazine gives 3.5 out of 5 stars in their Magellan Maestro 4050 review.
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Magellan Maestro 4050 resources
- A PDF version of the Magellan Maestro 4050 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 web page.
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