As a portable navigation device for your car, the Magellan Maestro 4250 clocks in at around $500 retail and comes with pretty standard features. You can either get directions via text on the screen or by voiced directions. Almost all of PNDs for your car have a points-of-interest database so that you can find the nearest gas station, attraction or even a good restaurant. But, there are a couple of features that do set the Maestro 4250 apart. These include voice commands and the ability to hook up with AAA’s Tourbook listings.
First of all, the voice commands feature is really nice since you don’t have to take your eyes off of the road to input a new location. Basically, the features work by allowing you to speak aloud where you would like to go. You can do this for city and states, but you cannot do this for street addresses. You will still have to manually enter these.
The feature works well, but you need to create a quiet environment to use it. It will not distinguish your voice if there’s outside noise, including the radio or an open window. But, the feature does work despite these drawbacks.
For AAA members, there is an added bonus. The Maestro 4250 can access AAA’s Tourbooks, which means that you can search the site for AAA lodging and restaurants. And, you can see which places of interest offer AAA discounts.
For those without AAA memberships, the points-of-interest database has been expanded from older models. It now has around 6 million entries for things such as gas stations, lodging, restaurants and other amenities. You can even search restaurants by the type of cuisine that you would like. One problem with the points-of-interest database is that the listings aren’t always up to date. Some of the places could be out of business.