Summary: I like the easy to use navigation screens and its ability to keep a fix in the local woods. Easy to upgrade the firmware. With the new firmware from Magellan you get some new navigation screens. Only dislike if you use the Mapsend 3d software you have to safe the maps to the hard drive then convert to the GPS with the map converting software that comes with the GPS.
Summary: I bought this item because I already own an eXplorist 100 and have used it for almost 10 years without a failure and know the features and menus. The 100 & 210 units use 2 AA batteries which allows me to rotate rechargable AA - no special batteries. Also the eXplorist has a base map for major roads in USA which helps orient me on overcast days. However, the real reason I bought it was the Geocaching features.
Summary: it is a small ans portble and some what accurate. i',m enjoying operating the system. i decided to buy it because a friend who uses it told me about it and after i bougth it i found out that it is true. the shipping was very satisfacory while the total price is reasonable.
Darrell W. Potter "email@example.com", Amazon
8 May 2009
Summary: I've had my Explorist 210 for about 2 1/2 years and I love it. It's easy to use and extremely accurate. In open country you can get an accuracy of about 6 feet. Even in heavily wooded areas you can get within 30 feet or so and you VERY rarely lose signal. My buddy has a Garmin etrex and a Delorme PN40 and my Magellan is more accurate than both of his units. You can mark your routes, favorite spots, whatever you want.
Summary: This thing is built like a tank. It has taken some pretty hard knocks and kept on working. Not even skipped a beat. For example, I was mountain biking a good 11 MPH downhill and the thing flew off my bike mount (custom made by me, guess it didn't quite do the job). It hit the rocks hard, but it stayed powered on and it still works. This has happened twice. I no longer use the bike mount.
Pros: Sips batteries, excellent map. Speed measurement is very accurate keys well positioned bright backlight
Cons: Has trouble getting signal with overhead trees or when traveling at high speeds. Magellan repair turnaround time is really long. The service codes still haven't been published on the magellan website loading custom topo maps is complicated
Summary: It has all the functions and more a basic hobbyist needs. My friends that climb and hike use more expensive gps', but when they check this one out they see it have everything you need except no color and no expansion storage card slot. Despite not having a storage card slot, the memory can hold tons of maps and I haven't had a memory issue for all the areas I hike. I suggest you get re-chargable batteries. Good little and light device.
Summary: I’ve owned or own a Magellan 300 (10 years old) and eXplorist 100, Garmin V and a TomTom wide screen. I wanted the eXplorist 210 for hiking. Operates much like the 100, accept has a base map and allows you to download GPS data into your computer. I chose this unit because it still has a grayscale display screen, so it uses less power over color, lasting up to 18 hour on 2 AA batteries. I’m pleased with the eXplorist 210 and it’s operation.