Summary: This is so outdated now. You would be better off getting a gps app for your smartphone. It takes forever to boot and you must charge through a cord as the batteries are li ion. I also had an older version of this that used aa batteries which was much more convenient .
Summary: I have an eXplorist 210 that I've liked a lot. But I was "playing around" and lost the map. I bought a 400 from a seller who said it didn't work. I thought that was ok because I just wanted to put a copy of the 400's map on my 210. Map copy worked fine and now the 210 is back to normal. Then I cleaned out the 400's memory, restarted it and upgraded the firmware at the Magellan site.
Very good value for someone just wanting a bar bones GPS
22 September 2011
Summary: THe explorist 400 is a very good GPS for Geocaching, hunting, fishing or hiking. It's main use is for the outdoors, it would not be to much help in the car. The only complaint is that is with a thick canopy in the woods signal is weak compared to my Triton 400 and Delorme PN-40 but keep in mind that the explorist is older tech. than the Trition and the same can be said for both the explorist and the Triton 400 when you compare them to the Delorme Pn-40.
I originally purchased the eXplorist 400 in green…
1 April 2011
Excerpt: I originally purchased the eXplorist 400 in green way back in 2006. I have used it extensively. Even at this time, I still use it. It has traveled many a mile and some of it - WET. Ultimately, the eXplorist has proven to be reliable, lasted a long time on the battery life, and even taking a beating while keeping on tracking. The negative to this unit is that sometimes in dense foliage or mountainous ravines, it loses track easier and takes longer to re-acquire.
If you don't want insane price, Go used, get value
4 January 2010
Summary: The absolutely only thing I don't like is that this is in gray-scale and not color. Every other thing is top notch on the Explorist 400 by Magellan. SD card slot compatible with up to 2GB SD cards can fit entire united states in top, and blue chart 13 format. I have yet to try Mapsend streets on this unit yet but have plenty of memory an hear that it works fine. The Mapsend software is out of date... but is cheap on Amazon or Ebay.
Summary: In geocaching a good GPS is a 'not to miss' piece of equipment. I've been looking for and comparing GPS devices on many sites to make a good choice on what GPS to buy. After making the decision for the Magellan eXplorist 400, I went on ebay to look for the best offer. Finally I found the best offer on the ebay listing of an US company. It saved me lots of money compared to buying the same device in Europe.