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Magellan eXplorist GC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 481 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the build quality and screen are generally positive. The performance and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative reviews about the route planning.

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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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Magellan eXplorist GC

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 38 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist GC from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

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

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

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Amazon.com review summary for Magellan eXplorist GC

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 228 user reviews of Magellan eXplorist GC from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, screen, build quality, size, route planning

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

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Magellan eXplorist GC

 

According to Geocaching.com, "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 geocaches, outdoors and then share your...

The eXplorist GC is a rugged little GPS device that is IPX-7 waterproof. The device is ready to go out of the box, with preloaded geocaches and included batteries. All relevant information about a geocache can be accessed from the eXplorist's...

The device could really benefit from a touch screen. The lack of an internal compass means that heading can only be tracked based on movement.

The Magellan eXplorist GC sits at a price and feature sweet spot that makes it a great entry point into the world of geocaching for the urban outdoorsman.

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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...

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Magellan eXplorist GC Review

 

According to Geocaching.com, "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 ...

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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

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Magellan eXplorist GC

 

). Now for me, geocaching was pretty much an unknown and though it had been explained to me at some point, I didn?t care too much look any further into what it is about. It took the Magellan eXplorist GC and a few Geocaching to convince me that this is...

The Magellan eXporist GC came to us in a small box with very few accessories (batteries and a USB cable). The instruction manual was as simple as they come, with just a few pages explaining how to use the eXplorist GC. ?Lets take a look at a few photos...

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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...

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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...

Recommended!

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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,...

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This is a very good GPS. It does exactly what it says.

 

I got this GPS in the mail today. Ordered it online for $170, no tax or shipping. I took it out and couldn't stop geocaching. I found 13 before the day was over. It took me right to every cache and I was successful every time. This unit does ... Expand...

very accurate, easy to use, rugged, gets the job done

Some may say it doesn't have navigation and it doesn't have a ton of features, but it doesn't claim to. No cons here

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"Great at what is is designed for..."

 

This is an amazing product for the price and for what it was built for, Geocaching. If you want a full feature GPS this shouldn't even make your list to compare. It could be updated via firmware to do those things but why should Magellan make this unit...

Ease of use - my 8 year old learned how to use it in 15 minutes.

Lack of road routing capability.

Product Specifications

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size (metric):5.6 cm

GPS Software

Maps Included:Worldwide
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