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Similar to Sirius Pro S2500
on 26 March 2014
This review is for the Sirius S2500 Pro (which I own) but since it shares many features of its bigger brother the Truckmate Pro, I thought I ought to point out it's shortcomings to prospective purchasers, such as:-
*The display is quite hard to see clearly at times in bright daylight.
*The spoken directions are often bizarre (e.g., telling you to go left when you need to go right, or left when you need to go straight ahead).
*The TMC traffic feature is very intermittent and the symbol for it is sometimes hidden behind the speed cameras icon (which could be a problem in specs areas as the speed cameras symbol stays on throughout the specs area).
*The sound is poor quality and distorts quite badly if turned up beyond about 50%.
*The route planning if often quite weird and will sometimes try to direct you down non-existent or blocked-off roads. Spoken directions are sometimes given at inappropriate times, resulting in confusion as to which turning to actually take.
*The speed cameras option is relatively expensive and doesn't contain some mobile speed trap sites.
*Lane guidance is not always correct. For instance, driving north up the M5 towards the M42 turnoff, the sat nav will show an image of two new lanes on the right for traffic staying on the M5, when actually, the only new lanes are on the left for traffic that wants to exit onto the M42 via the slip road.
*Whoever wrote the instruction manual doesn't know their right from left (bear that in mind when reading it).
The device does have some good points however. The mount is nice and secure and the display has many colour choices for the maps (some are not so good though as [for instance] one shows some of the roads in red, which is the same colour as the planned route [so it's hard to tell which is which at times], while another shows some roads as almost the same shade of blue as the motorways). Apart from the problem with the TMC icon mentioned above, the display is generally well laid out and pleasing on the eye. The device is also pretty intuitive to set up and picks up the satellite signal quite quickly, so despite the limitations I have mentioned above, it is worthy of consideration, especially if you need the special truckers features.