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Magellan eXplorist 400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Magellan eXplorist 400. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the size and durability are overall positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the screen. There are mixed reviews on the design and maps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan eXplorist 400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist 400 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers are impressed by the size and durability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas the design and maps get mixed reviews.

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68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan eXplorist 400 Water Resistant Hiking GPSMagellan eXplorist 400 Water Resistant Hiking GPS

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Magellan eXplorist 400 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 400 is one of eight different eXplorist models (16 if you...

Apr, 2006

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MAGELLAN eXplorist 400 North America GPS Receiver



right hand third of the screen would randomly not display. ZERO support from Magellan. The product could not even be registered to receive support because they didn't recognize their own serial number

Jun, 2006

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Not well designed, supported


We finally got this to GPS device to be recognized after a lengthy sequence of support calls. We bought this as a gift for my mother in law for mother's day. My wife's dad initially spent two hours with "technical" support trying to get the device up...

Seems to have decent accuracy ; small and light weight

Mostly useless software ; Poorly designed physical cable interface; it can be connected two ways, only one works. The intuitively obvious way of connecting it that is easier is actually wrong ; Miserable technical support; hampered by very poor...

Jun, 2006

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Great deal from NewEgg


Color (why white?

Apr, 2006

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Ok when working


Very accurate.

Had frequent lock ups.

Feb, 2006

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Great deal from NewEgg


This is a great unit, midrange on price (low range with the deals from newegg) and perfect for the outdoor gps user. Limitless ability to handle map data thanx to SD card storage.

Convenient size ; Li-Ion Rechargeable battery ; SD card expansion ; Price

Color (why white?) ; Screen (there are some minor defects in the screen, but this does not affect any functionality)

Feb, 2006

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Fully Loaded


A fully loaded device with maps from Magellan MapSend software (150$) and SD card (70$) is just great. It appears that you have a internet opened in front of you when you get the locations of restaurants and shopping store it gives the telephone...

Aug, 2007

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Handy HandHeld Device


I don't own one but saw at my friends house, looks nice good grip he is using it while walking the dog..

Mar, 2007

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Steer clear from Magellan Explorist 400


My husband bought me a Geocaching Bundle package which included the Magellan Explorist 400 at the end of September 2006. I had many problems in the four months which followed, which were complicated by the extremely dissatisfying customer service I...

Can't think of a thing good to say

Terrible lack of customer service- where is the service? Terrible user's manual

Feb, 2007

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Does Not Work On a Network System


As a Geotechnical Engineering Group We purchased two units as a start up. We want the GPS to log location (POI) and download to the computer then add to the GIS data base.

Unit itself works well

Clumsy to use on home computer and does not work with Network System

Feb, 2007

Product Specifications

Get the powerful, expandable mapping pocket-sized GPS. Your Magellan eXplorist 400 features built-in mapping and unlimited storage using optional secure digital (SD) cards so you can take as many maps with you as you want to. Add detailed street maps, topo or lake maps using optional Magellan MapSend software. The high-speed USB data port makes downloading information easy and Geocache Manager software enables you to download caches directly to your GPS. 8 MB of built-in maps and 8 MB of internal memory enable you to save 5 track log files, 20 routes and 500 points of interest. Save as many as you need to optional SD cards. Intelligently designed for comfortable right or left handed use, the clearly marked keypad provides one-touch access to all your most important features. Joystick controller makes scrolling the simple menus fun and easy. The large backlit display is easy-to-read day or night. Customizable navigation screens show your location, speed, direction, and distance to destination and more, just the way you want it. Slip your compact eXplorist 400 into your pocket and let it guide you on every outdoor adventure. Magellan TrueFix technology provides superior accuracy and reliability, giving you the freedom to explore without concern of getting lost.


Run Time (Up To):17hour(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 / 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
Model:400/400 North America/400 Wilderness Bundle
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan eXplorist


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:2000