|REVIEW UPDATE: This GPS model has been discontinued|
With a suggested retail price of $549.99 (street price of around $450), Magellan's CrossoverGPS is the first rugged, IPX-4 waterproof device designed to provide both turn-by-turn driving guidance and navigation for outdoor adventures in the wilderness or on water.
The CrossoverGPS ships preloaded with street maps and topography maps, and additional memory cards can be purchased with maps of lakes and fishing-hot-spots, marine charts, and additional hiking topography maps.
This week I put the CrossoverGPS through the usual rigorous testing criteria and see how the CrossoverGPS stacks up against the competition.
When Magellan first released the RoadMate 2000 and 2200T last year, they also announced the RoadMate 2500T, all all purpose GPS designed for vehicle navigation as well as outdoor and marine use. Magellan subsequently pushed out the release date for the 2500T, and re-branded it the CrossoverGPS. I first saw the CrossoverGPS at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. I finally got my hands on the CrossoverGPS and have completed my in-depth review.
Case: High-impact plastic
Base Map: Pre-loaded with detailed street maps of 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and topographic coverage of the 48 contiguous United States
Size: 3.4" H x 4.3" W x 1.1" D
Weight: 8.5 oz. with Sport Guard™ 9.4 oz.
Display: 3.5" color touch screen display, 2.11" x 2.81" (53.6mm x 71.5mm)
Memory: 4 GB hard drive pre-loaded with maps of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and topographic maps of the 48 contiguous states
Data Storage: Unlimited / Secure Digital (SD) Card compatible
Antenna: Built-in multidirectional patch
Operating Range: 14 to 140°F (-10 to 60°C) Battery charging temperature 32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)
Receiver: 20 channels, SiRF Star III
Acquisition Time: Hot: 1 second, Cold: 40 seconds, Initial: 5 minutes
Accuracy: 3 to 5 meters (10 - 16 feet) - WAAS/EGNOS, < 7 meters (15 feet) - GPS only
Source: Li-Ion rechargeable 1900mA, 12 V AC or 12 vehicle adapter (sold separately)
Battery Life: Over 8 hours continuous use
Over the past 12 months, Magellan has completely updated it's popular RoadMate Series of GPS units. The RoadMate 800, 860T, 760, 700, 360, 300, 3000T, and 3050T are now discontinued, and although Magellan's website still lists those models, they should no longer be purchased. The RoadMate 6000T is still considered current, but it too will be replaced soon.
The new RoadMate lineup consists of the RoadMate 2000, 2200T, and most recently, the CrossoverGPS. Magellan introduced the 2000 last year, and released the 2200T several months later. Originally, the CrossoverGPS was called the RoadMate 2500T, but Magellan quietly removed all references to the 2500T and renamed the 2500T as the CrossoverGPS. The original product name made sense, as the CrossoverGPS shares the same base features and form factor as the 2000 and 2200T, but adds off road topo maps and a protective rubber sleeve for outdoor use. Magellan felt the 2500T name didn't accurately convey the fact that the CrossoverGPS is designed for roads, hiking, and boating, and thus changed the official product name.
|Case||High-impact plastic||High-impact plastic||High-impact plastic|
|Base Map||Pre-loaded - 48 United States||Pre-loaded - 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico||Pre-loaded with detailed street maps of 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and topographic coverage of the 48 contiguous United States|
|Size||4.28" W x 3.15" H x 1.12" D||4.28" W x 3.15" H x 1.12" D||4.3" W 3.4" H x 1.1" D|
|Weight||7.8 oz / 221 g||7.8 oz / 221 g||8.5 oz. (with Sport Guard™ 9.4 oz.)|
|Display||3.5" color touch screen display||3.5" color touch screen display||3.5" color touch screen display|
|Data Storage||Secure Digital (SD) Card compatible||Secure Digital (SD) Card compatible||