Conclusion: The Magellan eXplorist 710 is large, fully featured all-purpose GPS with some excellent features such as a large touchscreen, two programmable buttons, and a quick One Touch menu. But, unfortunately, it has several drawbacks like large raised edges around the screen, sluggish map draws, and a bulky body that severely impact its performance for backcountry navigation. Our tests that show that many other GPS devices perform better and cost a similar amount or less.
Summary: The Magellan eXplorist GC sits at a price and feature sweet spot that makes it a great entry point into the world of geocaching for the urban outdoorsman.
Pros: The eXplorist GC is a rugged little GPS device that is IPX-7 waterproof. The device is ready to go out of the box, with preloaded geocaches and included batteries. All relevant information about a geocache can be accessed from the eXplorist's well-organized menu. The color screen has a huge viewing angle and doesn't fade in direct sunlight.
Cons: The device could really benefit from a touch screen. The lack of an internal compass means that heading can only be tracked based on movement.
Excerpt: The Magellan eXplorist 710 is the top of the line unit in Magellan’s new eXplorist x10 series, offering a preloaded topo map and turn-by-turn directions, allowing it to serve as a dual-purpose unit. It also includes a barometric altimeter and tri-axial electronic compass .
Summary: The eXplorist 710 is a rugged GPS device, coming in a rounded, heavy, solid case, with the screen deeply recessed in the body for extra protection. Magellan claims it’s waterproof enough to survive rain and occasional puddle immersion, but it also offers turn-by-turn navigation for those who want to leave it attached to a warm, dry car dashboard.
Summary: Not so much a sat nav – although it can do that – but a tool to guide you around the countryside for what I am told is a new craze Geo Tagging. People hide clues and you then go on a search for the next and so on using this tool.
Conclusion: Fazit: Der Magellan eXplorist 710 ist etwas schwer, aber auch sehr komfortabel ausgestattet und besitzt einen überzeugend guten Bildschirm. Wenn das Routing über die noch zu prüfende Topo-Karte gut funktioniert und weitere Karten übertragbar sind, ist auch er für Fahrradtouren sehr empfehlenswert. Auch die einfacheren Ausführungen 510 und 610 bieten schon eine sehr gute Ausstattung.