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Magellan eXplorist 500LE
4.2 out of 10

Magellan eXplorist 500LE

The eXplorist 500LE does not include a Li-ion battery or AC Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Magellan eXplorist 500LE

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Overall 1
1.0

I bought the unit a few years ago, when it came out.

Trailspace.com
7 October 2011
  • Excerpt: I bought the unit a few years ago, when it came out. It was never user-friendly and tech support was nil. I threw it in a drawer and did not use it as I had planned. Now it seems Magellan has abandoned the Explorist line. Even the terrible tech support is gone.
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Overall 1
1.0

Try as I might, I honestly can not find anything positive…

Trailspace.com
23 January 2011
  • Excerpt: Try as I might, I honestly can not find anything positive to say about the Explorist 500 LE, or Magellan for that matter. My GPS was purchased new in 2009 as a gift from my wife, and has never even made it into to the field. It has had issues from nearly the first day out of the box.
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Overall 7
7.0

Overall I would say that I really like the unit. Ease…

Trailspace.com
18 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Overall I would say that I really like the unit. Ease of use rates high as does accuracy and dependability. I use it for hunting, camping and geocaching. The main problem that I have is with the street level detailed maps (mapsend).
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Overall 6
6.0

Good and Bad

R. BOISVERT, Amazon
28 April 2008
  • Summary: This is my 1st GPS and bought from Costco for [...]. I figured if its as bad as they say I can return it. First off, the entire connection to the USB port is a non-issue once you figure out that the moron that developed it put tabs on the plug that lead you to install it upside down.
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Overall 10
10

Great geocache unit:

B. K. Gilbert "Stash Hunter", Amazon
26 March 2008
  • Summary: I purchased another 500 because they have been discontinued and they are really good for caching. The color screen is very bright and the unit is straight foward to use. And the Magellan program to download pocket queries is excellent.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great device...not so straight forward software

Nicholas E. Steele, Amazon
25 January 2008
  • Summary: I have absolutely no problems with the actual device. It's my first GPS and I had pretty much figured it all out in the first few days. What I do have problems with is the difficulty of the software.
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Overall 6
6.0

Unit seems great, but...

Jack W. Merica Jr. "Bloody Sunday", Amazon
16 January 2008
  • Summary: I rec'd an Explorist 500 LE for Xmas. Right off the bat I've been pretty thrilled with it. It does its job great! Its fairly intuitive and easy to use. Accuracy is amazing! BUT... 1) Its a battery hog. 3 Alkaline AAA's last about 6 hours. 8 hours with lights and alarms off.
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Overall 10
10

Very Pleased

Amerkfan, Amazon
17 November 2006
  • Summary: Extremely pleased with this GPS. I use it for boating along Florida coast as well as for GeoCaching ([...] if you don't know what that is). Li-Ion battery last almost all day when in sunlight when back lighting isn't needed. Consistantly get 10' WAAS accuracy.
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Overall 2
2.0

Don't buy it!!!!!!!!

Russell Landers, Amazon
17 November 2006
  • Summary: I purchased this unit from REI. They always stand behind their products. Thanks goodness! If you read a couple of the other reviews you'll see... SD Card door broke off, battery hard to remove, downloading cache info is difficult and transfers with limited info. Been there, done that!
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Unit for Geocaching

Splat Shooter, Amazon
17 November 2006
  • Summary: I have been using the Magellan eXplorist series for 3 years and have owned several different models. Comparing other units with the same feature set the Magellan eXplorist 500LE is by far the best bang for the buck.
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