It is not common these days to spot a car with an embedded screen complete with GPS capability. You can give credit to all the top GPS manufacturers including Magellan for making it all happen. Screens mounted on windshields and dashboards turned out to be mighty o for drivers even though they can be potentially distracting. That’s because GPS navigators are so smart offering more than just providing step-by-step directions. On top of that, they are becoming more affordable too. The Magellan RoadMate 5322-LM is one example of something both highly capable and affordable.
About the Magellan RoadMate 5322-LM
The RoadMate 5322-LM is one of the most basic Magellan devices in the company’s 5-inch GPS navigator category. However, it launched in early 2015 so the device is at least up-to-date and comes adequately equipped with enough features to make it valuable and ultimately justifies its very low $149 price tag. The design is pretty barebones with a thick bezel surrounding the ordinary 5-inch display. The display itself is a resistive touchscreen and the screen resolution is low but the Magellan RoadMate 5322-LM is uncompromised on the software end. Graphics look great complete with 3D buildings and the interface is very simple to navigate in both portrait and landscape views.
The RoadMate 5322-LM has one primary goal and that’s to ensure that you reach your intended destination as easy and as safe as possible. On the easy side, the Magellan RoadMate 5322-LM offers a couple of interesting ways to set a destination. Users of older Magellan devices will be familiar with this feature as it has been present in many previous and older generation models. The feature in question is called QuickSpell with SmartCity Search. QuickSpell is basically Magellan’s special onscreen keyboard technology. The keys are not only large but certain keys light up as you type to help you complete a word depicting a likely destination you are seeking. Given the fact that you’ll be keying the destination when it is mounted on the windshield, this makes planning routes much easier. Plus, the SmartCity search feature provides suggestions as you search.
You can simplify route planning even further by adding frequently visited destinations as favorites. In the main navigation screen, there is a button on the top corner that brings up the OneTouch Favorites Menu conveniently listing all the points of interest you added along with default ones like your Home location.
Although the Magellan RoadMate 5322-LM doesn’t have any traffic monitoring features, it can sound off and show warnings whenever red lights or speed cameras are in the vicinity. You can also configure the device to provide such alerts for speed limits too.
Turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance is a pretty common feature amongst all modern GPS navigators but the RoadMate 5322-LM goes the extra mile by using landmarks in addition to street names as indicators when a direction is issued. You may also obtain directions to parking garage locations complete with hours of operation with the Best Parking feature.
Like other RoadMate devices with the “LM” suffix, the Magellan RoadMate 5322-LM comes with free lifetime map updates so every couple of months, you can obtain the latest US, Canada and Puerto Rico map info straight from Magellan without extra charge. There are already 7 million points of interest out of the box covering numerous categories and you don’t need to be constantly connected to the Internet like a smartphone.
It also features Junction View which shows photorealistic representations of highway signs complete with available lanes and indicators to make proper exiting a lot simpler. If you missed the turn, the automatic re-route function triggers to put you right back on track.
• Very easy to use thanks to QuickSpell and OneTouch Favorites Menu.
• Can detect speed cameras
• Landmark guidance really helps when traveling to new places.
• Only $150.
• Bland design.
• Performance can be a bit slow at times.
The RoadMate 5322-LM still faces heavy competition in the low-end. But it at least has a couple of weapons like QuickSpell and landmark guidance to make the device stand out a bit more.