Summary: Magellan calls this model a "legacy product" and they refuse to support it. Meridian Color is actually about 8 years old, but Magellan has no shame. You will not even be able to register your "new" unit. If nothing else, dealing with Magellan is very frustrating; they always push you to participate in their "gear exchange" program - but do nothing more. You'll be better off buying Garmin or Delorme handheld GPS.
Summary: I bought this and Magellans Mapsend software back in 2002 and I moved after that and my street was not in MapSend so I kept after Magellan to update the MapSend software (exclusively for this now Legacy Device) but they kept putting me off until one day they told me they had no plans on updating the MapSend software which is the only way you can use it for finding streets. The mapsend software is $80-$100 on top of the cost of the GPS.
Summary: We purchased this item two years ago when the item was truly hot on the market. At that time, the Magellan website indicated that regular mapping updates would be available for all the Meridian products. On the contrary, NOT ONE update has been produced, and now we see where the Meridian product line is being discontinued. We would not have purchased a Magellen had we known that mapping updates were not going to be produced as promised.
Summary: After losing an older Meridian Marine, I decided to make use of my software and buy this unit since I LOVED the previous model for a few years. When I received this model it seemed to be working fine when I initialized it. It came with antique version 4.02 firmware, marked from 2002. The unit refused all my software (specifically uploading REGIONS off the Topo, Nav, and World Basemap discs) until I upgraded the firmware to anything above v.5.