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Magellan eXplorist GC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 217 reviews of Magellan eXplorist GC. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviews about the screen and size are on the whole positive. The price and performance also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the maps.

usability, performance, price, size, screen


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan eXplorist GC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist GC from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Comments about the screen and performance are generally positive. The maps and price also get good comments. There are some less positive views about the reliability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan eXplorist GCMagellan eXplorist GC 2011 (Geocaching) Waterproof Handheld Hiking GPS

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Magellan eXplorist GC


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist GC from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the design and durability. The screen and price are also appreciated, but the reliability and size get negative views. There are mixed views on the maps and performance.

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size, reliability

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan Explorist Gc W/giftbox CX0100SGXNAMagellan eXplorist GCMagellan Explorist GC Dedicated Geocaching Device - Green/ Gray (CX0100SCXN)

Dec, 2015

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Magellan eXplorist GC


In summary, if you are looking specifically for a geocaching GPS- one that is designed only for hunting out geocaches-then you would probably be best off considering the Magellan eXplorist GC Waterproof Geocaching GPS, which is the world's first GPS to...

Dedicated- full GPS specifically designed for geocachingValuable- many user-friendly features at a reasonable price tagFeatured- trip odometer, record book, map screen with compass, and moreAccessible- instant connection to geocaching website, 30 days...

Limited- small screen size and font, slow positioning, poor battery life

While Magellan has not been entirely successful in the auto navigation...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Review Crew (

Magellan eXplorist GC Review


According to, "Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called ...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Phil Scrivano (

On The Bench: Magellan eXplorist GC GPS Receiver


Hasn't anyone ever told you that it's not healthy to sit in front of a computer all day? We're setting down the graphics cards, picking up the ...

For comparison purposes, I used a Garmin Vista HCx. The cost of the Magellan eXplorist GC is $200. The Garmin Vista HCx's base price is approximately $225. With Street Maps and an SD card, I have $350 invested in this Garmin

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Techware Labs (

Expert Review


Geocaching is a lot of fun and a fairly cheap hobby at the same time, which leads it to becoming very addictive. The option to pull up the website and enter in the address where you are or going to and pull up local geocaches...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Sal Cangeloso (

Review: Magellan eXplorist GC handheld GPS


The eXplorist GC is a handheld GPS unit designed specifically for geocaching. Priced at $199, it should be as affordable as it is easy to operate. Just last week Magellan announced three new eXplorist devices-the 510, 610, and 710-which expand the...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Magellan eXplorist GC review


The Magellan eXplorist GC is a new introduction designed to do one thing well – geocache! It has a 2.2” color (non-touch) screen, 18 hour (rated) battery life and a highly detailed  worldwide basemap. And while it isn't designed for backcountry...

Paperless geocaching ; Geocache filters ; Intuitive interface ; Focuses on doing one thing (geocaching) well ; Awesome preloaded worldwide basemap (roads) ; USB (non-proprietary) interface ; Innovative compass features

Difficult to read in bright sun, especially so for text ; Too many steps to reach geocache details while navigating ; Occasional lags in menu response ; Not very suitable for backcountry, non-geocaching use ; Lacks advanced features (electronic...

At At $199.99 MSRP, the Magellan eXplorist is the lowest cost paperless geocaching GPS receiver on the market. I have no problem recommending it as an entry level unit in that arena, though folks over 40 may want to think twice and check it out under...

Mar, 2010


Expert review by: James Morris (

Magellan eXplorist GC


Can Magellan's eXplorist GC bring the once niche pastime of geocaching to a wider audience?

Cheaper than premium hiking sat-navs ; Excellent geocache interface ; Durable and waterproof

Digital compass can lose signal ; Basic maps ; Basic sat-nav functionality

Every time we check our local area for geocaches, a few more appear. The arrival of Magellan’s eXplorist GC further cements the feeling that this is a hobby on the rise. The device itself is a little more limited than some hiking sat-navs we’ve tested,...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Lori8996 (

A Beginner Geocacher in Tampa


I like my iPhone 4s for geocaching but the battery life was only about 5 hours. I chose this GPS Receiver with a toggle switch vs a touch screen to avoid unwanted screen changes due to operator error. This device fit my two needs for pure geocaching at...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: RICKCCCCC (

Works better than expect


Took me couple days to get use to it, but now I can say I LOVE IT !

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: casy13 (

Magellan Explorist GC - Geocaching GPS


Took a while to get used to as the instructions were very limited, but after a few mishaps it works well for its intended use

Jul, 2013

Product Specifications

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size (metric):5.6 cm

GPS Software

Maps Included:Worldwide