Compared to previous Maestro models, the 4350 feels like a completely new GPS that's been re-designed from the ground up. Priced well under $300, the Maestro 4350 is one of the most capable, powerful, and price-friendly GPS units on the market today.
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Figure 1: Magellan Maestro 4350 Retail Box
Figure 2: What's in the Box
Maestro 4350 includes the following items in the box:
Figure 3: Magellan Maestro 4350, Front
Maestro 4350's bright, crisp LCD display is framed by a handsome, glossy black plastic casing. Except for the power button on the top of the unit, there are no physical controls on the Maestro 4350. All GPS functions are operated via the touch screen interface.
Figure 4: Magellan Maestro 4350, Back
An internal speaker is located on the back of the 4350.
Figure 5: Magellan Maestro 4350, Right Side
The right side of the 4350 has an FM (traffic) antenna connector, USB connector (also used for power), and an SD/MMC memory card slot.
Figure 6: Magellan Maestro 4350, Left Side
The Maestro 4350 is relatively thin, measuring 0.7-inches thick.
The Maestro 4350's case is constructed of silver and black plastic.
Figure 7: Maestro 4350, Top
The top of the 4350 is home to the unit's only physical control: the power button. Pressing the On/Off button for 1-2 seconds powers the Maestro on or off.
Figure 8: Maestro 4350, Bottom
The reset pin is located on the bottom of the Maestro 4350. Using a paperclip (or something similar), pressing the reset pin will force the GPS to reboot.
Figure 9: Maestro 4350's Windshield Mount
The Maestro 4350 includes a slightly updated windshield mount that's smaller and more ergonomic that the mounts used on previous Magellan GPS units.
The mount consists of a large suction disc that attaches to your vehicle's windshield (alternatively, you can use the included adhesive mounting disc if mounting things in the windshield is illegal where you live), and a dual-joint arm that can be articulated into the desired viewing angle.
Figure 10: Attaching the Bracket to the Mount
A mounting bracket, shown above on the right, snaps onto the tip of the windshield mount.
Figure 11: Bracket, Attached to Windshield Mount
It takes some force, but the bracket slides down onto the front of the windshield mount.
Figure 12: Maestro 4350, Docked to the Windshield Mount
The GPS snaps into the docking cradle.
Figure 13: AC Charger
The included AC adapter can be used to charge (and use) the GPS outside of the car.
Figure 14: Included 12v Power Adapter / Traffic Receiver
The vehicle power adapter is both the power cable and the traffic receiver.
Figure 15: 12v Power Adapter / Traffic Antenna Connectors
Notice that the cigarette lighter power adapter actually has two connectors: a USB connector that provides power, and the mini-plug connector provides the FM Traffic data.
While I'm glad Magellan has abandoned the bulky traffic-enabled windshield mounts of previous models in favor of a combo traffic/power adapter, it would be even nicer if both cables could be integrated into a single wire. Having to hook up two connectors every time you mount the GPS in the car is a hassle compared to just snapping the GPS into a powered mount. Similar, traffic enabled GPS devices from Garmin, Navigon, and TomTom feature powered windshield mounts for added convenience.
Figure 16: USB Cable
A standard USB cable is included in the package, and can be used to connect the Maestro to a PC for updating the firmware, or uploading custom POI files.
Figure 17: Included Carrying Case
A neoprene carrying case is included with the 4350.
Figure 18: Documentation Pack
Also included in the box are the warranty, quick-start sheet, traffic coupon for 3-months of free traffic service, and the complete instructions manual on a CD-ROM.
Figure 19: Adhesive Mounting Disc
If you happen to live somewhere where it is illegal to mount anything in the windshield of a motor vehicle, you can use the included adhesive mounting disc to mount the Maestro on your dashboard instead.
I'm personally not a huge fan of this method, as the strong adhesive can permanently damage your car's interior if you ever try to remove it. Nevertheless, local laws may dictate that you use this method, and Magellan includes it in case you need it.