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Magellan eXplorist 300 GPS Receiver

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Magellan eXplorist 300 GPS Receiver. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Comments about the durability and screen are on the whole positive. The design and price also get good comments. Many are negative about the size and reliability, and there are some mixed reviews about the performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan eXplorist 300 GPS Receiver is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist 300 GPS Receiver from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the design and maps are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative opinions about the reliability and size.

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62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Magellan eXplorist 300 Water Resistant Hiking GPS

Jul, 2015

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Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Magellan eXplorist 300 Review


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Feb, 2006

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: Big Color Screen, Excellent Tracking

Garmin: Cannot Read in Dark, Poor Tracking in Forest

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: PatDPT (

Amazing GPS unit for the price!


This is one of the best GPS units I have used for the price.

Altimeter, Built-in detailed maps, Accurate, Easy to use

No connection with PC

May, 2006

Consumer review by: (

Good Unit and easy to use.


Light weight with good 10 foot ability and easy to use. The background maps are good enough to zero in on intersections and mark the point. Includes Canada and offshore USA

Can't add maps, but that is not why I bought it. Paid less than $175 new

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Very fun and easy to use


The keys, screens and menus are very intuitive and I did not need to read user's manual to understand how to use it. I liked the WAAS capability


Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: cw_roamer (

Keypad loses contact


I got this unit about three years ago as a gift. While it worked, I thought it was great. I use it sporadically on trips from Eastern Canada to the USA about twice per year as a basic roadmap. Some of the keys (Zoom In, Nav, maybe others) no longer...

Ideal as a basic map if only main roads are required

Keypad failure after 2 years, Canada maps outdated

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: msoftic (

Bad tech support or product?


I bought this unit maybe a year and half ago, and since then it had numerous problems. The worst is "freeze" state which would happen if device is outside of the map coverage area ( in one particular case I was about 1 mile off the Atlantic shore) or...

Sleek design, detailed basic map

Unreliable, bad tracking, slow satellite locking, plagued with problems

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: bibi36 (

5 stars


5 stars

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: suzukikid1 (

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i just purchased this unit i use to have a garmin did not like the electronic compass on this is very nice. my family and I ride atvs and it works great there are alot of options on this unit the pre loaded maps are up to date. I found this unit...

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

An incredible value, the eXplorist 300 features Magellan TrueFix technology for superior accuracy and reliability. eXplorist 300 gives you a trio of advanced tools for even easier navigation. The barometer provides information on changing weather. The altimeter easily determines your present elevation. And the electronic compass shows your direction, even while standing still. eXplorist 300 includes 8 MB of built-in maps, three navigational screens and the ability to save 5 track log files, 500 points of interest and 20 routes. By putting all of this together in one compact package, the eXplorist 300 offers an unprecedented value.


Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)

Built-in Display

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

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Bearing / Distance / Electronic compass / 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