Magellan embiggens GPS line with new 7-inch RoadMate 1700


Giant-fingered technology enthusiasts, lift up your hearts! Magellan has a 7-inch GPS system on the way: the $299 RoadMate 1700. The touchscreen has a resolution of 800×480 and there’s a video input jack so you can hook up your iPod or DVD player. Sounds safe!

Other features include preloaded maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, microSD expansion slot, spoken street names, and “highway lane assistance.” Other than that, there’s not much more in the way of details but apparently the thing’s going to be shown off at a media event tonight in New York, so maybe we’ll find out more then (unless you just don’t care).

The company press release says that it’s available now, although it’s no where to be found. Amazon’s got it on pre-order with an October 10th shipping date, though, so let’s stick with that for now. As press releases go, I’d give this one a C- due to lack of information and/or misinformation. You don’t grade press releases, though. It’s not like school.