UPDATE: There is a new line of thinner and lighter Magellan Maestros being introduced.
The Magellan Maestro 4040 is part of Magellan's newest lineup -- the Maestro series. Like all members of the Maestro family, the 4040 has a wide 4.3" screen, voice-prompted directions, AAA travel information and a SiRFstarIII chipset. The 4040 also has preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, 4.5 million points of interest (POIs), and Bluetooth for hands free cell phone use. Additionally, it will call out the street names for upcoming turns.
The model below this, the Maestro 4000, has a rather anemic 1.5 million POIs, maps of the 48 contiguous United States, and it loses the Bluetooth. The top of the line Maestro 4050 adds voice recognition commands and live traffic, though Magellan says that you can upgrade the 4040 to include these features by the summer of 2007.
To see how the 4040 stacks up against other units, check out my Magellan auto GPS comparison chart.
Before we hear from other reviewers, here's a brief excerpt from Amazon's Magellan Maestro 4040 review:
"The Maestro 4040's Bluetooth wireless technology lets you make hands-free phone calls with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. You can also store or sync numbers and contact information through the easy-to-use touch screen and make calls via the Maestro 4040's integrated microphone and speakers. Add the optional Magellan TrafficKitâ¢ to this device and you'll be equipped with live traffic incident reports, so you'll never get stuck on the freeway."
More Magellan Maestro 4040 reviews
- CNet has posted the first Magellan Maestro 4040 review, giving it a 7.7 out of 10 rating.
- Consumer-posted Magellan Maestro 4040 reviews are also showing up at CNet.
- PC Magazine gives a 3.5 out of 5 star rating in their Magellan Maestro 4040 review.
- The first Magellan Maestro 4040 review written by a consumer has been posted at Amazon.
- GPS Magazine has posted a thorough Magellan Maestro 4040 review, with lots of screen shots. Their conclusion..."a mixed bag."
- Laptop Magazine gives a 3.5 out of 5 star rating in their Magellan 4040 review.
- GpsPasSion has started a thread with reviews of the Magellan Maestro 4040 by users.
- Business Week has posted a Magellan Maestro 4040 review, giving it 3-1/2 out of 5 stars.
- Location Intelligence has also posted a Magellan Maestro 4040 review.
- PC World reviews the Magellan Maestro 4040.
- The Magellan Maestro 4040, as reviewed by a 13 year old.
- A 4.6 out of 5 star review of the Magellan Maestro 4040.
- Viewpoints has posted consumer reviews of the Magellan Maestro 4040.
I'll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some other helpful resources:
- There is a Magellan Maestro message forum at GpsPasSion, which includes a Magellan Maestro 4040 user review thread.
- There is also a Magellan GPS message forum at Yahoo, and an alt.satellite.gps.magellan UseNet group.
- Our other Magellan Maestro reviews.
Compare prices on the Magellan Maestro 4040 at these merchants:
- Check the current Magellan Maestro 4040 price at Amazon.
- Buy the Magellan Maestro 4040 Portable Bluetooth Automotive GPS System at TigerGPS.
- Check out the deal on a Magellan Maestro 4040 GPS at REI.
- Get the Magellan Maestro 4040 for an amazing price on eBay.
From the official Magellan Maestro web page:
Elegance, simplicity and advanced features designed to save you time
and effort on the road. MagellanÂ® Maestroâ¢ 4040 makes driving more
pleasurable and less stressful.
Enter virtually any address on the freshly-designed graphical touch screen, or select from 4.5 million preprogrammed points of interest to get turn-by-turn voice guidance to anywhere in the United States , Canada, and Puerto Rico. SayWhereâ¢ text-to-speech tells you the street name for each maneuver, so you can focus on driving. Smart buttons and Magellan's unique QuickSpellâ¢ function enables error free spelling to minimize steps so you get a customized route to your destination with just a few touches of the screen.
|Plus, built-in AAA TourBookÂ® Guide travel information gives you instant access to service details and Diamond ratings from the world's leading travel expert. Quickly find AAA approved lodgings and restaurants, AAA Roadside Assistance details1, and discounts available through the AAA Show Your Card & SaveÂ® program1.|
Touch the tow truck icon to quickly connect to AAA member Roadside Assistance1 using your compatible BluetoothÂ® phone. The screen tells you where you are to quickly direct reliable AAA help to your location.
Bluetooth wireless technology enables hands-free phone calls with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. Store or sync numbers and contact information for clear communication through the integrated microphone and speakers. Easily add LIVE traffic incident reports2 and Voice Command3 control.
Years of experience providing the best in GPS navigation and feedback from among the over 400,000 users of the Magellan RoadMate and Hertz NeverLost systems enables Maestro to deliver the most satisfying navigation experience. From Magellan; the first name in navigationâ¢.
1Requires AAA Membership. Click here to join today.
2Available Spring 2007, Additional fee required
3Available Summer 2007