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TomTom XL 350T GPS

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While many have ditched the dedicated GPS receiver in favor of a smartphone with integrated navigation, there are still plenty of consumers out there who want a dedicated GPS device, separate from their phone and every other gadget. If the road warrior in you yearns for a new GPS device, then you cannot go wrong with the XL 350T from TomTom.

The 350T is a 4.3-inch device with a relatively small footprint (3.2" x 4.7" x 1", 7 ounces). Some of the features on the XL 350T outdo the older navigation devices you're familiar with, as well as some of the modern competition. The dash/windshield mount is no longer a separate contraption; rather the EasyPort mount stows away in the back of the device. TomTom also includes a free lifetime's worth of traffic updates, so while new maps will still cost you, at least you can avoid busy freeways and construction sites for the foreseeable future.

Speaking of map updates, the days of using an SD card are long gone. TomTom HOME software for your computer at home makes map and firmware updating a breeze. Once you're updating and clued into whatever traffic lies ahead, the only limitations on your asphalt and concrete journey is your gas tank.

  • spookyman
    I see we have spam again
  • hangfirew8
    Why does the TomTom need software for the home PC to update? My CoPilot Live for Android updates over wireless, no PC or software required.
  • good advice
  • That Kensington travel charge adapter with USB is a first-generation one; purchased one like that four years ago. The USB-piece is prone to get lost. Current ones have integrated USB ports (not a separate piece) which allow for simultaneous charging of two USB devices and powering an item at the same time. However they only tend to be available from the on-board duty-free of international airlines (seen them available onboard Emirates and LAN)
  • andys8ball
    A cool pair of Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27 Noise Canceling Headphones to listen to your itunes and enjoy the trip.