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. I've done a whole day's snowboarding and it's still going strong at the end of the day. - User interface is reasonably easy to understand - Easy interface with PC. Looks like a disk drive.
Summary: Nice little unit but it isn't compatible with vista. The map that is preloaded is not good for anything.Maps are very highly priced to buy.This gps has great color and lots of extra features though. Once you buy the maps for this gps its a good little tool but don't expect to buy it and go straight out on an adventure.
Summary: Like many others, I find the manual instructions are useless. Positive comments: I like the saved route function that can be played back for review in color code for the different travelling speeds. Or maybe I'm impressed easily. NEGATIVE COMMENT: waterproof NOT! Already had to replace the battery due to the cover does not remain sealed. I suspect the lid is not stiff enough to retain its shape. You can press the lid down when the one and only screw is tightly secured.
Summary: Explorist has easy to use menus,but I have not yet learned how to install the mapping software that I got for it.I can get the maps from the computer to the SD card but can not get the Explorist to read the SD car.So for now all I have is the plain background map that comes installed from the fractory.
Summary: I purchased a new Explorist 500 in August 2006. It works fine although doesn't seem to lock onto satellites as quickly as Garmin GPS. I have on occasion tried to get through to their support both in email and on the phone and I don't think Magellan support exists. When I had to buy a new home computer and it came with Windows Vista, I received a canned reply from Magellan that said basically I was out of luck that there is no way the Explorist 500 will talk to Windows...
Summary: Definitely not user friendly. Took a while to figure out how to use it. The battery life is not long. Does not come with a rechargeable battery, but does have the option to use one. My opinion is that they should sell it with the component.
For Cyclists: Solid and reliable - software could be better
D. Fillingham, Amazon
22 April 2007
Summary: MY EXPERIENCE: I used the Magellan eXplorist 500 on a 400 mile bicycle trip from Baltimore to Central New York, and I've also used it on a 150 mile ride across Flordia, and several shorter rides. THE GOOD: The screen is easy to read, the maps accurate, and the user interface easy to use while cycling. The unit is remarkably accurate, locks onto the sattelites very quickly (often within seconds).