Summary: In Dec 04 received one as a present. In June 05 it started shutting off on its own and then stopped turning on all together. Lost a weeks worth of sailing and diving in the Bahamas. Returned it to the store, bought a new one. It was handy and familiar thought I would give it another try. Since then it has dumped my saved Points of Interest THREE times. Now the other day it crashed and defaulted to to a screen called "Burn In Test".
Summary: A few months in use and my 200 started to dump memory at random intervals. This meant that each time I powered on, it was a gamble as to if my coordinates were still entered. This is very frustrating when I go on a trip, I always have to make sure I have a paper back up source of my information. If you get a 200 that works then I would recommend the unit for beginners but I don't know how common this problem is.
Summary: This Magellan GPS unit is a good entry level GPS device. It tells you where you are and keeps a track log. The reported accuracy never got to the 10 feet WAAS accuracy, but it was fair. There was a 45ft difference between the 1st and 2nd stories of my house when infact there is only 8ft. Pros: Good entry unit for the price Shows you where you are Cons: Maps are pretty much useless, it shows you the interstates and highways as of 3-4 years ago.
Summary: I already have a Magellan Sportrak and I'm perfectly happy with it. I just needed something with roadmaps. So when Magellan came out with the eXplorist 200, I said ok, and bought it. It got here today. I installed the batteries, turned it on and started driving. I was immediately dissapointed. The detail of the mapping of this unit is horrendous. It's as if they randomly picked streets they thought would be good to put in the device.