Gadget of the Day – Magellan Maestro 4050

“At the roundabout take the third exit”, says your GPS, politely, clearly and blissfully unaware that you’ve been trying to explain

“At the roundabout take the third exit”, says your GPS, politely, clearly and blissfully unaware that you’ve been trying to explain to the useless scrap of junk that there is no sodding roundabout and you are, in fact, being surrounded by sinister-looking bullocks in a field in Wales.Enter the Magellan Maestro 4050. Although it won’t let you exchange buddy-boy quips with your motor a la K.I.T.T in Knightrider, it can claim to be the company’s first GPS with voice-command control, promising to take you wherever you say you want to go. Voice-recognition aside, the unit lets you make hands-free Bluetooth phone calls and offers live traffic updates throughout your journey. Magellan’s own text-to-speech function even reads out the names of the roads you’re travelling on. For those who are shy or suffering a throat infection, you can always use the 4.3 inch touchscreen display instead.  We’ve yet to see if “Take it away, Maestro” will get us anywhere…

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Magellan Maestro 4050 Price: £299.99 On sale: May Contact: Magellan Related stories: GPS gets road names