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Magellan Meridian Color GPS Receiver

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Magellan Meridian Color GPS Receiver. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The memory and maps also get good views. Many are less positive about the usability, while comments about the reliability and performance are mixed.

screen, maps, memory, size, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan Meridian Color GPS Receiver is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Magellan Meridian Color GPS Receiver from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

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This summary is based on the products: Magellan Meridian 64MB Color Traveler GPS Navigator Value PackMagellan Meridian 64MB Color Traveler GPS Navigator Value Pack

Dec, 2018

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Portable Gear


With its comparatively large 16-color, 120- by 160-pixel backlit display, the Magellan Meridian Color adds a whole new dimension to GPS receivers. It's the first color standalone GPS device in the industry. Yes, it's the most expensive of the devices...

Dec, 2002

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Magellan Meridian Color


The Magellan Meridian Color is a handheld GPS unit with a color screen and a CD Card slot so you can load a variety of different maps. It's designed to do everything anyone involved in outdoor recreational activities (sailing, hiking, fishing, hunting)...

The Magellan Meridian Color and its brethren (Meridian Platinum, Gold, and Marine) are rugged, flexible handheld GPS receivers primarily meant to be used for outdoors and sports navigation. MapSend software allows data customization for various...

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Great handheld GPS for the price


First off, The Magellan Meridian Color is a great handheld GPS. It is small, waterproof (so they say) and shows everything in vibrant color. The screen is a good size, but not as large as more modern, in-car navigation systems. This is due to its...

small, light, waterproof, COLOR

marginal battery life, slow screen refresh, not THAT small

Nov, 2006

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Excellent Handheld Marine Navigation


I use this unit in the US North Atlantic. I have a 17 foot Newport daysailer that I take from the mainland New Hampshire coast to the Isle of Shoals, around Portsmouth Harbor, into Southern Maine and around Hampton and Rye NH. Before I had the...

Low cost, color is great, pre-loaded buoys, cans, nuns and lighthouses

Short battery life

Aug, 2005

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Buyer beware. Watch out for this unit!


It's not all good news. I purchased this unit in Australia and the expensive maps that HAVE to be purchased from Magellan only to find that the unit didn't support street numbers. They told me that there would be an update in January but it never...

Great display. Ergonomic design. Supports SD card

Bad user interface. Bad communications. Bad support

Aug, 2004

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Poor support, no Europe map


I purchased this device based on the review from CNet. What a mistake! The device is indeed portable with battery power, but it doesn't have the voice prompt which is critical for driving guidance. It advertised to have Europe map available in Spring...

Portable, color screen

Lousy software and support, battery drains

Jun, 2004

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Best handheld GPS


I wanted a GPS for my car, hiking, and boating. Meridian Color is what I bought and I'm glad I did.

Accurate, Color screen, detailed maps, expandable memory, Versatile

Confusing manual, Battery drain

Feb, 2004

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Color Handheld GPS


I never considered a GPS until I demoed one at a store and thought it could be the answer to my terrible sense of direction. I spend half my time lost on my way to an important client fumbling for maps and stopping to ask directions from startled...

light, portable, detailed maps, expandable memory

confusing manual, maps not accurate, user interface could be better

Oct, 2003

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Start geocaching!


I bought this unit to use primarily to go geocaching (see for information). Geocaching is a kind of treasure-hunt meets orientiering game. There are tens of thousands of caches all over the world, and you can find one in pretty much...

Great for geocaching, good price

basemap is pretty much worthless

Aug, 2003

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It's a pretty good little portable GPS I use for fishing and at work. It's good cos you can go do a trip then download all the trip information onto your computer at home to see where you've been. Clever!

It's a neat little package that is splashproof and obviouslyvery portable. I've used it heaps of times and it seems really accurate (within 5 metres or so). It gives you heaps of options and functions such as MOB etc.

You have to manually input everything. It doesn't save your waypoint without you inputting the details. Makes for slowgoing when you are fishing or boating.

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Magellan Meridian Color is the ultimate, top-of-the-line, GPS receiver and the first handheld to present all your positioning and navigational information in Full Color! The clear choice for the serious navigator, Meridian Color offers superior tracking and 3-meter accuracy, with an extensive, 16 MB, built-in mapping database that provides an easy way to view your location, heading and route on a large, high contrast, high color 120 x 160 pixel display. In attractive Champagne metallic, Meridian Color is rugged enough to go with you on any adventure, or just across town, designed to make getting where you're going a fun, easy and safe trip. The Meridian Color gives you all the great advantages of GPS in a full set of features. See where you are and where you're going in vivid color on the industry's first full-color 120 x 160 pixel display. Color enables you to easily see your location and route, differentiating between roads, interstates, parks, waterways, airports and other points of interest. Meridian Color finds your location by tracking up to 12 GPS satellites simultaneously. Assisted by the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), the Meridian Color is accurate to within 3 meters or better. An intuitive interface and large keyboard provides direct access to key features, putting the power of GPS at your fingertips. Start navigating right away with the extensive, 16 MB, built-in mapping database of North America, including highways, major roads, parks, waterways, airports, cities and marine navigation aids, such as buoys, obstructions, wrecks, lighthouses and more. Increase your mapping detail by downloading street-level maps on an optional Magellan SD memory card. Nine customizable graphic navigation displays show a map, compass, speedometer, and text readouts of heading, bearing, speed, direction, ETA, and more. Choose from 12 built-in coordinate systems and 76 datums including Latitude/Longitude, Universal Transverse Mercator, and Military Grid Reference System. Store up to 20 routes, 500 waypoints and 2, 000 track-points to easily find your way back again. The unique, Save Track-to-Route feature allows you to convert complicated track files into easy to follow routes. Save hundreds of routes by transferring them to a PC with Magellan MapSend software. NorthFinder technology shows your direction even when standing still. Meridian Color shows you when the sun will rise and set, as well as the phase of the moon, for any date and location in the world. Want to know when the fish are likely to be biting in your little corner of the world? The Magellan Meridian Color can tell you. Monitor the GPS satellites in view and get information about their status.


Run Time (Up To):13hour(s)/14hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:120 x 160

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / USA/North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Bearing / CTS (Course to Steer) / Distance / Electronic compass / Elevation / ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) / ETE (Estimated Time Enroute) / Heading / NorthFinder / Speed / Time/date / VMG (Velocity Made Good) / XTE (Cross Track Error)/Electronic compass
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Magellan Navigation
Model:GPS Traveler Value Pack
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan Meridian Color/Magellan Meridian GPS


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:2000