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Magellan eXplorist 600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of Magellan eXplorist 600. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the design and maps. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the price, and some have doubts about the route planning and size.

usability, performance, screen, maps, design

reliability, size, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan eXplorist 600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist 600 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviews about the durability and screen are on the whole positive. The maps and performance also get good views. Many are critical about the route planning and design.

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

This summary is based on the products: Magellan eXplorist 600 Handheld GPSMagellan eXplorist 600 Hand Held Color GPS ReceiverMagellan eXplorist 600 North America Handheld GPS

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: GPS Lodge (

Expert Review

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Ryan McLaughlin (

Review: Magellan eXplorist 600 GPS


Hikers, campers and outdoors people alike now have a new tool to ensure they get the best outdoor experience possible. The Magellan eXplorist 600 has a number of features that will make sure that while you are outside you will feel comfortable and find...

Jul, 2005

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Magellan eXplorist 600


Explore urban and rural jungles with the Magellan eXplorist 600. This handheld GPS tool makes a brilliant companion to any outdoor adventurer, with its high-speed USB data port and unlimited secure digital (SD) card storage, its Geocache Manager, and...

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

I will never buy from Magellan again


My biggest complaint is customer service. I called them 5 times and it was always the same. Communication was difficult due to outsourcing to regions who's primary language is not English. Be prepared to enunciate and ask "what did you say?" a lot. I...

Was a great unit while it lasted

Once I updated the firmware, it started getting extremely buggy ; Colors were off, lines in the screen, functions did not work ; Called tech support and had a hard time understanding them due to a thick accent. Sent the unit in and got another one back...

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: GVBhunt (

Not bad at all


If you get this, try to calibrate the compass. On the calibration screen, there is a bulls-eye with a dot. If that dot is not centered on the bulls-eye, your compass will not be accurate at all. You can call 800-707-9971 and one of their techs will...

Small, Rechargable battery, GPS is fantastic and quick to acquire location

Upon delivery the compass on this was less accurate than one you would pick up for a quarter from a gumball machine

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: GVBhunt (

Not bad at all


Upon delivery the compass on this was less accurate than one you would pick up for a quarter from a gumball machine.

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: TyFi (

$$ but good!


Great little hand held, w/ highway and state routs already loaded.

Does not come with TOPOs or any other steet software and to buy the software is very $$$, also you NEED an extra battery for mutli-day hikes.

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: aa7ol (

electric compass does not work


Good display , portable.

electric compass does not work.

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: aa7ol (

electric compass does not work


if you are looking for units to be used in a car, look for other products.

Good display , portable. GPS work goods. Good LCD display with good contrast , easy to see outside. GPS receiver is fairly sensitive, it work fine while putting on passenger side seat. worked inside of house also. The units does not have to be placed...

electric compass does not work. I calibrated several times, but sill does not work ; can not calibrate temperature parts of weather reading. I can not change first digit 5. USB cable connector could fit 180 degree off. need to buy additional $150...

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: The Gecko (

Excrement in GPS form


Spacial GPS capabilities very good.

Topo maping, marine and basemap upgrade software is garbage.

Jun, 2006

Product Specifications

Do you want all the bells and whistles? The Magellan eXplorist 600 is packed with them. You get a 3-axis electronic compass, a barometric pressure altimeter, barometer, and thermometer, plus the ability to expand your GPS mapping via a high-speed USB data port and unlimited secure digital (SD) card storage. The Magellan Geocache Manager enables you to download caches directly to your eXplorist 600 and with the PC-style file memory system it's easy to manage all of your data. Finally, the eXplorist 600 features a 16-color display so you can see everything in brilliant color. Easily navigate with the intuitive keypad and the joystick control. Add detailed street maps, topo or lake maps using optional Magellan MapSend software to expand the use of your eXplorist 600. 8 MB of built-in maps and 8 MB of additional memory means you can save up to 5 track log files, 20 routes and 500 points of interest on the internal memory, but you can store as many as you want on optional SD cards. Magellan TrueFix technology provides superior accuracy and reliability giving you the freedom to explore without concern of getting lost. Pocket-sized, powerful and full of valuable features, your Magellan eXplorist 600 gives you real GPS that can guide you in full color on every outdoor adventure.


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 / 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/Pioneer
Model:600/600 North America/R600
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan eXplorist/Pioneer CD


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:2000

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Car audio
Type:Remote control