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Magellan eXplorist 100 Handheld GPS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews of Magellan eXplorist 100 Handheld GPS. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the screen and durability are generally positive. The performance and price also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the maps.

usability, price, performance, durability, screen


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan eXplorist 100 Handheld GPS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist 100 Handheld GPS from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on People are impressed by the reliability and durability. The performance and price also get good comments, whereas there are some less positive views about the maps.

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73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan eXplorist 100 Water Resistant Hiking GPSMagellan eXplorist 100 Handheld GPSExplorist 100 Portable Navigator

Jul, 2015

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Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Magellan eXplorist 100 Review


UPDATE: The Magellan eXplorist line has been officially discontinued. For an overview of our current recommendations, check out our handheld GPS buyers guide. The Magellan eXplorist 100 GPS is basically the eXplorist 200 minus the base map. It shares...

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: GeoHunter (

Fun For the Family


Pocket Size, Cool Color, Very Accurate, Easy to Use

In sunlight the screen can be hard to read

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: mountaindude (

1 of the best Magellan GPS units under $80


cheap & dependable, great for kids, long battery life 2AAs

no preloaded maps or data wires included

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: austin416 (

Cheap and GREAT for a beginner user


This is my first GPS handheld and it was so intuitive I have hardly read the manual, although it's always a good idea. But long story short, for the money this unit simply CANNOT be beaten. HIGHLY recommended for the first time user like myself.

Inexpensive, WAAS enabled

Seriously none, for this price you cannot expect mapping so listing it as a con would not be fair

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: Coppersnowboarder (

Buy Top-of-the-Line Magellan eXplorist 600


I bought a Garmin eTrex for wilderness hiking navigation. Big mistake. During the first year, the springs in the battery compartment broke because they are badly engineered. Garmin customer support refused to solve my problem. I soldered the springs...

Magellan: great tracking, visible in dark, well-constructed

Garmin: poor tracking, unreadable in dark, not waterproof

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: zulupointfive (

I think the X-100 is Great


This is my first GPS. I've done a heap of research Geko 301 would have been my second choice.

Cheap, great screen, water proof, shock proof, 2 AA bats, easy menus, "Cant Loose" orange body color

little joy stick/button, makes data entry a chore

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (



Waterproof, bright color, screen contrast & ease of use

No 12v capabilities or data connection

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: (

The best entry level GPS


Value is excellent Better tracking than my two year old $300 Garmin. It really is water tight! All you need for hiking, unless you really need all the features. I found that i never really used all the fancy features of my Garmin, just "looked" at them o

No maps You have to be moving at .5mph for the compass to work. I dislike the bright orange color personally

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: UejYi (



it works!

battery drinker, satellite acquisition takes a long time, and is easy to come out of sync.

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

The pocket-sized eXplorist 100 recreational GPS receiver is both powerful and affordable. The eXplorist 100 features TrueFix technology which takes advantage of 14 parallel channels, supported by WAAS and EGNOS for fast signal acquisition, minimal signal loss and reliable accuracy to within 3 meters. Save up to 3 track log files, 500 points of interest and 20 routes to guide you back to your favorite spots or more importantly to your car. Put the power of GPS in your pocket.

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:2.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):5.8 cm
Resolution:160 x 120

Dimensions & Weight


GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Bearing / Distance / Elevation / ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) / ETE (Estimated Time Enroute) / Heading / Speed / Time/date
Receiver:14 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Magellan Navigation
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan eXplorist


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:2000