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Magellan eXplorist 500

Magellan eXplorist 500
alaScore 69

136 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews of Magellan eXplorist 500. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the maps and screen. The price and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the reliability and size.

usability, performance, price, screen, maps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan eXplorist 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist 500 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 Views about the maps and price are overall positive. The screen and performance are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the reliability. Some have doubts about the size.

usability, performance, screen, price, maps


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

This summary is based on the products: Magellan eXplorist 500 Color Handheld GPSMagellan eXplorist 500 Color Handheld GPS

Sep, 2018

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Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS navigation


The Magellan eXplorist 500 is an GPS navigation device for outdoors use that points you to right direction with its preloaded base map, or downloaded area map. When complemented with optional accessories, this device can be used for many different...

Value for money: The Magellan eXplorist 500 is excellent value for money when you want a GPS navigator with maps and bright color screen. The product is suitable for many activities ranging from hiking and cycling to driving and motorbiking.

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Magellan eXplorist 500


Easy to use and performs well. Features are basic but it's cheap

Aug, 2008

Consumer review (

good product


This is a good all around product or backup for Land nav. or blue water.

Nov, 2007

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Explorist 500


This produc is good

Sep, 2007

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Runs through batteries kind of fast.

Aug, 2007

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Great GPS


Very good unit,user frindley,great product for the price. This is worth the price you pay for this great GPS.

Jul, 2007

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very good product,

May, 2007

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Good Budget Color Unit.


GPS works great and has lots of great features. Topo detail maps work excellent with this unit. Only problem is battery adaptor is a bit flimsy and bends out of shape but not a big problem as you just have to bend it back into shape.

Apr, 2007

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MAGELLAN eXplorist 500 Compact Mapping Color GPS


The Motorola Cellphone battery Model Number SNN5595B also fits this unit. I bought one and it worked fine in my GPS. It was much cheaper than Magellans.

Small and ease of use. I bought the mapping software also, and it was very easly to tranfer the maps. I have all of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho on one map. This only took up 52 meg of my SD card. Buy a SD Card to go with it. The Magellan also seems...


Jun, 2006

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Mine was a lemon


Hopefully I'll be up and running again before summer is over, as the only service the GPS has seen thus far is one road trip from Tacoma to Seattle.

It worked right out of the box (for a week.. and then nothing)

Navigation joystick wouldn't go right (only UP,DWN,LFT) and after a week the unit would even turn on. Had to RMA direct to Magellan and then are sending me a new battery..but the unit won't operate even when AC power is plugged in

Apr, 2006

Product Specifications

Navigate in color! High-speed USB port and unlimited SD card data storage make it easy to add detailed maps, for topo, marine or street navigation. Save track logs and more to 8 MB free memory. Lightweight and pocket-sized, take it with you everywhere. The built-in color map makes it easy to view roads, rivers, waterways, greenways, city centers, airports and other major points of interest. Save 5 track logs, 20 routes and 500 points of interest to the 8 MB available internal memory. Store an unlimited amount of data on your own SD cards. The Magellan Geocache Manager enables you to download coordinates from the Internet directly to your eXplorist 500 and the PC-style file system makes it easy to manage all your data. Easily add detailed MapSend maps for topographic or marine navigation and turn-by-turn street guidance. 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 color 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 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. Your eXplorist 500 is lightweight and pocket-sized so you can take it with you everywhere.


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


Country Kits:Europe
Manufacturer:Magellan Navigation
Model:500/500 LE/500 North America/500 Traveler Bundle/500LE Adventure Bundle
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan eXplorist


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:2000