When I saw the Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM with life time map update, at this unbelievable price, I just had to try it. The price for a full featured road GPS is truly a value. The features are comparable to more expensive models, but the best part is the lifetime map update. However, one knock on this model is the display. Even at full brightness, it is not as bright as other Magellan RoadMates that I own. In bright sunlight or when the sun is coming from behind you the display is almost unreadable. And, the display is very dim even if you just mount it on the windshield. However, if you have if out of the direct sunlight it is much more visible. I wish there was a way to increase the brightness. Additionally, the unit is not as sturdily built as other RoadMates. The housing is more lightly built than my Magellan Model 1412 which is a much more ruggedly built model. The mounting bracket for the Model 1424 also appears to be of a more flimsy construction that the factory one for the Model 1412. I guess Magellan has to cut these corners in order to offer a RoadMate at such a low price with life time map updates. Also, they probably figure you will break the unit and replace it because of its low price before it costs them too much for the life time map replacements. In other words, Magellan expects this unit's "life time" to be short.
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