GPS units designed for truckers come with a variety of useful features and some that are waste of time and money. The Magellan Roadmate 5190 T-LM offers the best features at the best price. Simplicity is the overriding theme here. The software is easy to setup and a breeze to use. They built this device with the busy driver in mind. It will get you where you want to go without becoming a constant distraction. Below we examine what exactly you get in this low priced commercial nav unit.
The 5190 T-LM is light weight at 6.4 ounces but not flimsy feeling. It comes with a 5 inch high-definition display that is easy to view at during the day and at night. The 720 mAh battery performs well providing users with over 4 hours of use on a single charge. Internal storage is ample for saving trip logs and routes at 4 gb. If this is not enough, don’t worry. There is a built in micro SD slot to expand the memory. As for connectivity it has built in Bluetooth and a micro USB port. Included in the box are a suction mounting bracket, a 12v vehicle charger, and a USB cable.
The user experience for this device is designed around simple to use features. It has enough onscreen buttons to make finding the right function simple without crowding the screen. The menus are customizable, so once it is set up navigating becomes second nature. The heads up display can be configured to show speed, direction, and elevation as well as the truck speed limit. It shows pertinent information without overwhelming the driver. Lane assist and interchange view provide timely reminders to assure smooth exchanges when a turn is upcoming.
This unit comes loaded with up to date maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Don’t worry about expensive map packs lifetime updates are included. It allows for multi stop routes and will figure the most efficient route that encompasses them all. To cut down on delays live traffic information is displayed, and when a backup occurs it offers a suitable detour to avoid stopping where one is available. By setting up the truck profile it will chose appropriate roads for weight, clearance, and load type. The spoken directions use landmarks as well as street names to make finding the right place to turn easier. There are over 6 million points of interest to help drivers find the right services and amenities wherever they are.
The keep it simple here as well. This device is capable of tracking time and mileage for multiple drivers. It also keeps up with everything necessary to complete IFTA fuel tax forms. Maintenance and hours of service can be logged easily with minimal setup. All of this data can be saved and exported for use in filing reports or just to save for personal records.
With the built in Bluetooth and microphone it allows for hands free calling when connected to a Bluetooth enabled smart phone. There is also an audio and video input for connecting the optional rearview camera. Though the camera must be purchased separately, it can be a very handy option to have.
The Magellan Roadmate 5190 T-LM is a competent truck GPS which offers the best features of many more expensive devices. Coming in over 100 dollars cheaper than many comparable models it is a good buy for anyone who needs a commercial grade unit on a budget. It provides simple navigational assistance without sacrificing performance.