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    Magellan RoadMate 6230-LM GPS
    RoadMate 6230-LM
    This Magellan has a 5-inch LCD screen. It is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
    Description
    This Magellan has a 5-inch LCD screen. It is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Ease of use

    Ease of use

    Ease of use score is based on an assessment of the physical interface, touch-screen control, programming logic, and readability. Testing considers such things as whether the database allows dynamic searching for addresses, if unlikely letters are grayed out, ease of entering into navigation menus upon start-up, ease of finding points of interest, and ease of adjusting common functions like volume, brightness, and map zoom setting.

     /  5
    Display quality

    Display quality

    Display quality reflects image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast as judged by panelists who viewed text and photos, and on lab measurements.

     /  5
    Driving guidance

    Driving guidance

    Based on the on-screen and audible information given to the user during navigation. Includes type and font size of on-screen information, ability to speak proper street names, languages supported, and amount of audible information given including descriptions of the next maneuver, including lane assist and reality view.

     /  5
    Routing options

    Routing options

    Our routing evaluation looks at the choices for fine-tuning a route and calculation time. Specifically, we factor multi-destination routing, avoidance of toll roads, biking routes, walking routes, RV/truck use, and availability of foreign map databases. In addition, we measure system response time when operating data-entry menus, such as POI searching.

     /  5
    Traffic interface

    Traffic interface

    Rates the presentation of the traffic information and the ability to put the data into use. Rating factors include color coding for traffic severity, depth of information, estimated time for delay, and tools for rerouting around congestion. However, we do not rate the accuracy or timeliness of the traffic information itself.

     /  5
    Mount design

    Mount design

    Considers how the mount is engineered, factoring size, security, and ease of installation.

     /  5
    Screen size

    Screen size

    The diagonal length of the display screen measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth on an inch.

     /  5

    About

    The Magellan RoadMate 6230-LM is part of the Portable GPS Navigation test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Portable GPS Navigation models like the RoadMate 6230-LM are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

    Ease of use Ease of use score is based on an assessment of the physical interface, touch-screen control, programming logic, and readability. Testing considers such things as whether the database allows dynamic searching for addresses, if unlikely letters are grayed out, ease of entering into navigation menus upon start-up, ease of finding points of interest, and ease of adjusting common functions like volume, brightness, and map zoom setting.

    Display quality Display quality reflects image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast as judged by panelists who viewed text and photos, and on lab measurements.

    Driving guidance Based on the on-screen and audible information given to the user during navigation. Includes type and font size of on-screen information, ability to speak proper street names, languages supported, and amount of audible information given including descriptions of the next maneuver, including lane assist and reality view.

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