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First, i'll say that I waited to write a review on this unit. I wanted to give it a few weeks. That's the right way to write a review. Some people play with something for a few hours or only a few days and write an incomplete and only partial truth.
My first opinion of the 540TM was impressed. The ease of use thru the touch-screen features and functions. There was a bit of a learning curve for me. I've never owned a GPS before. But TomTom had a very good reputation. I researched for almost six weeks before deciding on TomTom. Then I spent another few weeks researching the models of TomTom within my budget.
First impressions aside,... TomTom has it right with this GPS unit. I am still very impressed with it's features and how quickly technology today can snap nearly immediate signals from space back down to earth. With all GPS there should be expected some short delay in it's back and forth communications with the space satellites. The 540TM has very little delay.
My second impression after about seven days was my still being impressed. I began learning TomTom home features with my laptop. I love that. The only thing I need to find the answer to is how to lock the map zoom view to a certain zoom. It seems it reverts back to it's factory setting sometimes. However, i'm pretty sure such a glitch was resolved. It's more likely operator error in my case. Hey,... at least i'm honest.
My third and current impression after two weeks of use is that the battery life is pretty short. But you must appreciate that big screen = less battery life. That was something I assumed when I purchased it. That goes with anything in technology. It comes with a DC power cable. That plugs into the GPS bottom. The only port is a USB port. No other ports. Thus, you charge it thru your computer or thru the kit given DC car adapter.
I love that you can trade out your 'car icon' for most anything you can dream up. There are free icon editors online. So, realistically you can go outside, take a rear photo of your car,... edit it in an icon editor and upload it to your GPS thru the USB cable and TomTom home program that's included in the package.
Aside from my appreciation of it's features and options, I would say the learning curve for a newbie (like myself) would be about 20% of your time trying to figure out how to do something. After the second week I was accustomed to it's software and it's GPS features. And am only spending about 5% to 10% of my time 'tinkering' around. The included TomTom manual was very good and brief. Instead of a 100 page manual. Which it could realistically have done because of so many features.
If I were to loose my 540TM would I replace it with the same unit? I can honestly say absolutely I would. I love the traffic, roadways, alerts, maps, and options to upload map corrections. That's just awesome! No other GPS has that feature as far as i've seen.
What did I pay for mine? Brand new in the box $129 shipped to me. I get lifetime maps and traffic updates for life. That's what the 'TM' stands for. However, one slight disappointment was that the 'lifetime' updates you are only allotted 4 of such updates each year. I really doubt i'd need five major updates. But for me to really dig into and try and find anything lacking. The only things I can see is the battery life is reduced, as should be expected from a large screen unit. And the 'limited' lifetime updates only four per year.
I hope this extensive review is helpful. I love mine!
I had bought this GPS from a local store on sale, and when it was stolen I headed to ebay for a replacement. The screen is large, bright and easy to read, and there are many variable options: screen colors, sound of the voice, etc. The top of the line features include automatic posting of the speed limit where you are traveling, precise visual and spoken directions for turn-offs and ramps, and real-time traffic surveys that allow calculation of routes based on current conditions. You can tell this unit what time you want to arrive at your destination, and it will plot the route accordingly. Update of maps (through your computer) and the traffic surveys are free for a lifetime. This is a great product. I got spoiled fast.
This is the third one I have purchased, the other two I have given away to my kids. I loaned them out to them and they loved them, this one will remain mine. It is has excellent turn by turn directions and if you live by any tollways it will give you directions around them if you prefer not to travel them. I have seen complaints by people trying to get the initial set up going. If you are not an electronics person, it can be a little complicated. I found it to be an EASY set up. If you find you don't understand the directions, I suggest you call Tom Tom and speak with their customer service center since they will walk you through any problems you may come across. I have never had to do this but my friend did. I was able to set mine up without even reading the directions. I also seen a complaint about it leading you on a wild goose chase to another route. That is NOT true. Tom Tom is right on the money with your routes and if you decide to change that route it re-routes to the way you turned and will tell you to turn around if you are going the wrong direction. I love the IQ routing it has and I would NEVER NEVER buy any other GPS, since I have done this before and returned them. Lesson learned, Tom Tom is the ONLY GPS system I will ever own and this one is my favorite model!!!!
It takes a little time and patience to get the hang of working with this device.
I had a little trouble figuring out how to get the map update (my Device has 'lifetime map updates), so I called TomTom's customer service department and tney guided me through the process.
Although I had to wait several minutes 'in line' for tech support, the guidance I received made it well worth waiting for.)
I highly recommend practicing programming it to places you know how to get to in town before going to someplace you've never been.
If you want it to be specific in naming the streets you need to choose "Susan" the American computer voice. Although the voices I purchased (online download) are fun to listen to for awhile, they aren't specific enough for me to drive confidently in unknown territory. ("In four hundred yards, turn left")
I really like the feature for highways when my TomTom tells me what lane to be in to make an exit (and when!), as well as what highway I'm going to be looking for/merge onto.
It's fun to program it to take certain routes over others as well as being able to choose the map color scheme, vehicle, and POI's.
I connect my device to TomTom Home (online) to get map corrections regularly, and have submitted some corrections and additional 'Points of Interest') of my own.
All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase!
I think this tom tom xxl 540tm is just great and for the price you just can't beat it.. I have had a garmin in the past and I'am not taking anything away from Garmin , but the tom tom is a very good deal with all the goodies of the garmin street pilot ( that I give $800.00 forsome time back )only draw back I can find is that the newer GPS's dont give you a road map page you can look at to see your route befor you leave .( my friend ended up in the wrong state with the same town name as he was going to,, Well the 540 does give this opp. but a small page .. (better than none I guess )All and All I give it a 10 ,, buy the way , I was shocked to see it give drive ways and way's around Churches and stores and the such. If pulling a trailer , this helps a very great deal for turn around's.It even showed my own 100 Yd, drive way !!
love the free map and traffic lifetime updates, like the big screen, love the highway exit picture/lane to be in, battery life just ok,takes a while to plan the route(longer than my tomtom one) love when it tells if traffic,you get an alternate route and gives you the estimated time you would use. bought this because of lifetime maps, plus rechargeable batteries only last so long
I have been using it for about a week plus now.... No issues... The only problem I and was with the life time maps and traffic update. Apparently, this was a used product or a customer return and the previous owner had activated the lifetime maps and traffic on his/her account... So, I had to call TomTom and I have to say that they were very nice and changed the Life time maps into my account... (of, course I had to show proof of purchase etc...). However it is very strange that the life time maps and traffic updates are not linked to the GPS device itself but rather the user account... I mean what good is lifetime maps and traffic update if you don't have the GPS unit with you? (Sorry, I have to take away one rating for that...) Maybe TomTom should rethink there strategy on this...
But other than this... Its been prefect. Powers on very fast, the GPS fix is really fast. Large screen, and all the goodies... very impressed and two thumbs up...
I have used a TomTom XL for several years and loved the unit. I decided to upgrade to the TomTom 550TM and was ready to make the purchase. Fortunately the store was out of the unit and in the interim I did some more reading. You would think that by their numbering system, the 550 would be a newer unit or have more features than the 540TM. This is not the case, the 550TM is actually a stripped down version of the 540TM. The 540TM has several features that you won't find on the 550TM.
I love the fact that the 540TM has lifetime map upgrades and traffic alerts. It also has lane guidance which helps place you in the correct lane when their is a choice of several exits to take. The 5 inch screen is easier to read.
My first trip with the unit proved the value of the traffic alerts, telling me of a 30 minute delay ahead. This alert allowed me to pull off for a quick snack break and then proceed without having to be stuck on the freeway.
I purchased this TomTom and I have read about some people having problems either no enough memory, or their lifetime map updates was invalid.
Well I hooked mine up to the computer and did the software update, then map updates and then added a few more features. Not one error.
A day or so later I entered my lifetime map number and it worked.
As far as using the GPS, it works great. The accuracy of the maps is good. Sometimes it has the address numbers a little off, but the streets is dead on.
The only downfall might be the battery. I guess with such a big screen, it uses up more battery power. I can still use it 1 hour or so without needing to plug it in.
This is a 5" wide screen GPS. It is easy to view and use. I particularly like the voice commands/instructions. The unit is user-friendly. The operator interface is a touch screen. It automatically changes between daytime brightness and nighttime brightness. When approaching a fork in the road or exit, it switches screens to show a close up view of the exit. This is a great feature for non-familiar roads.
Overall, I think this GPS is a great value. I have already purchased three more identical units for Christmas gifts.