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Magellan eXplorist 600

Magellan eXplorist 600
alaScore 69

149 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and memory. The performance and screen are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the design. Many are less positive about the value for money.

usability, screen, performance, memory, build quality

value for money

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 69/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 149 reviews)

4 expert reviews

User Reviews  

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Amazon.com review summary for Magellan eXplorist 600

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist 600 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, performance, screen, memory, reliability

value for money, design

63% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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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...

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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...

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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...

Consumer review by:

terrible software, support

 

The unit works OK, but it won't connect with XP as a result of MS security patches. To program it, you must unscrew the cover, remove the battery, remove the SD card and program it via a card reader. And the software requires converting from one format...

nice display

abysmal support

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Great little thing

 

The other reviewer sounds like they got a lemon. My LCD is consistent all around on mine, the software (Maps) works the best w/ an SD card. I don't like having to take out the battery to get to the SD card, but you can get a lot on a SD card, I have a...

Color LCD, rechargeable battery, takes SD cards

cons take like 2 days to charge & you have to take the battery out to take out/put-in SD card

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If I only had known!!!

 

I HAD to have this new toy, got one of the first available from a major web/outdoor store. In general, I like it, but looking back, I could have done without the extra features the 600 offers over the 500...and saved some money.

Great Form-factor, Nice Feature Set

Screen brightness not consistent, Pressure Alt. and Temp. Sensors SUCK

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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...

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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

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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.

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$$ 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.

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.

Battery

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

Depth:1.3in
Height:4.7in/5.1in
Width:1.6in/2.2in

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
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
SBAS:EGNOS / WAAS
Type:GPS receiver

Header

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

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:20
Tracklog Points:2000
Tracks:5
Waypoints:500

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Car audio
Technology:Infrared
Type:Remote control
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