Summary: This is a great GPS for geocaching. It works well with geocaching.com and a Windows PC. Do not attempt to use it with a Mac. I could not find a single third party piece of software that would work with Mac. If you have a PC, like most of the world grab one of these.
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. I used the unit to geocache and also for driving instruction.
Summary: Pro- It is pretty accurate even in tree cover. Paperless is a great feature with the geocaching manager as long as you have a premium membership to the website so that you don't have to type the caches into the manager. Good price for a hanheld gps in color for this hobby. Con-Serial connection for upload from computer and charging is a bit of a bother and connection seems to connect in the wrong way since it has notches shaped that appear to be the right way, but isn't.
Summary: This unit was used very little, in very good condition. It was a little unclear what was included, especially on the Magellan web site. It is a discontinued model, but I was warned that it is more reliable than Magellan's new Triton series. This one included the Li-Ion battery, which is not standard. I needed to order the AC Charger for it, though. It also came with MapSend Topo 3D, which is again discontinued.
Summary: I like this GPS because it is light and compact, has good color graphics, good battery life with a lithium rechargeable battery, and a large selection of legacy mapping software that can be loaded for various uses including land (street and topo)and water. What I dislike is that Magellan no longer supports this type of GPS as it was too flexible for their revised marketing model that locks an individual piece of mapping software for a limited area to a single GPS.
Summary: I really was worried at first about if I would like this product vs. the Garmin E-Trex CX and Hcx. But my worries were put to rest when I received mine and my friends received their Garmins. First of all the File structure setup is wonderful. You can change map reagions with easy by pulling differrent files from your sd Card. This right here makes the product worth while.
Summary: One of the more economic GPSs on the market. Accurate to within about 20 feet. Saved me a couple of times on a Mule Deer hunt in the mtns, where every pine tree and mtn look the same. Cool thing is is that you can recharge the cadmium battery, but also carry some AAAs in your pocket if you zap the battery too soon. The only complaint that I have, is that the batteries do not last but about 1.5 hrs of runtime! If you leave it on...you'd better have some backups.
Summary: Fairlly easy to understand as long as you take the time to read the instructions and in my case i have a few friends that have the same GPS and they are helping me but over all i think you would be happy with this GPS
Summary: This item is good for travel, it is very small with a good screen. It uses regular AAA batteries or a proprietary rechargeable (AAA last 6-8 hrs, the rechargeable 17 hrs, they don't tell you that). With that said the battery life is OK. If you use this GPS for camping (finding your way to a paper map point, or to find your way back home) it is very good. I would purchase the rechargeable battery and keep a set of AAA on hand, in case of emergency.
Summary: I bought the Magellan Explorist 500 off of ebay refurbished and have been very pleased with it. The benefits I see are good detail on the color screen, great click stick, ease of use, manages both geocaches and tracks quite well, good map screen customization options, easy pc connectivity and the SD card expandability.