January 2, 2012
- Large 7-inch touchscreen
- RV & Large vehicle features
- Good Sam Club directory
- Bluetooth hands-free
- Touchscreen responsiveness
The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T is a RV/large vehicle GPS with a large 7-inch touchscreen, a 6 million points of interest database with Good Sam and real-time traffic. It has features geared towards large vehicles, like the ability to plan routes that can handle your vehicle's size and type.
The design of the RoadMate Pro 9165T is mostly the same as the other GPS models available from Magellan. The screen is surrounded by a black, glossy bezel that shows fingerprints rather easily. The backside has a matte silver finish that seems quite durable. In total, the unit measures 9.3 x 6.1 x 3.5-inches (whd) and weighs 1.8-pounds, so it's definitely larger than your typical GPS. We wouldn't recommend using this in a sedan or perhaps a mid-size truck or SUV. This GPS is made more for campers, semi-trucks and RVs.
The standard suction cup mount is quite large, but that's because it has to hold onto this large GPS. It's also quite sturdy, so there's no worries of it breaking or anything like that. We found the suction cup to form a good, solid hold to the glass, which is especially important since it has to hold up a rather bulky device and mount combo.
Included in the box is a USB charging cable that plugs into a wall power source for home charging, a car power adapter, a mini USB cable and of course, the vehicle mount. The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T comes pre-loaded with maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
The 7-inch touchscreen is extremely large, so owners of large vehicles, like RVs, will really appreciate it. We did, however, find the touchscreen is be less responsive than we would've wanted it to be. This was particularly noticeable while using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard as our touch input sometimes lagged quite noticeably. Using the predictive type feature, where the unit guesses what you're typing while typing, is rather useful in speeding up text input.
Magellan also includes free lifetime traffic updates, so you'll be able to see any delays along your route and even modify your route to navigate you around the delays. There is also Bluetooth built-into the unit, which means you'll be able to make hands-free calling with your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. We had no problems pairing the 9165T to our Apple iPhone 4.
When you plan your trip with the Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T (or when you first setup the GPS), you can setup your vehicle's height and type, including various types of hazardous materials. This is especially good for high profile recreational vehicles where knowing road high limits is a must. Truck drivers carrying restricted cargo will also find the hazmat option valuable.
While in trip mode with a destination set, you get audible turn-by-turn directions, which we found to be spoken with good clarity and accuracy. There is also a live speed display to show your vehicle's current speed alongside the current road's speed limit. In general, the speed limits were accurate but not always displayed. If you miss a turn, the 9165T quickly reroutes you on a new route with almost no hesitation.
The typical points of interest (POI) database that Magellan includes with their GPS models is supplemented by an additional database of Good Sam destinations. Again, if you're a member of The Good Sam Club, this is extremely valuable because it will help you find quality destinations and accompanying discounts.