Summary: The battery it came with was dead on arrival. The unit would not operate. The seller refunded my money, thank you seller. I did buy another battery for it and it worked briefly. The problem with this unit was that it overcharged the battery to an extremely overheated condition.
Summary: My wife bought for my birthday the Explorist 500 several years ago. After playing with it a while I decided to buy the MapSend Direct Route 3.0 for street mapping and it worked ok, not great. The software wasn't cheap and when I got it the unlock code didn't work.
Summary: I bought this back in early 2007 and have used it for hiking, driving, flying and just finding my way around when I visit new places. I also use the track log a lot to see where I've been. Pros: - Generally very reliable. Never had it crash on me. - Battery lasts a long time.
Summary: I purchased the Magellan Explorist 500 used on Amazon and after reading the instructions and a little hands on use was able to upload maps from the Mapsend Topo 3D and DirectRoute softwares to an SD Card and then to the unit with no problems.
Summary: The unit worked great in the US, we moved to Europe, I bought MapSend Direct route Europe, in the UK... The software didn't work, their customer service is non exsistant! I am proceeding with action in court, having wasted countless hours in emails, phone calls and letters, not including money spent...