This thing looks like a good deal at first, but it…
26 March 2013
Summary: This thing looks like a good deal at first, but it seems nearly impossible to load maps with any useful information on to it. They claim that it comes with a "base map" of the U.S., don't plan on using it though. It only shows major highways, and doesn't even get those right.
Pros: Seems sturdy, Inexpensive, Gives latitude and longitude fairly accurately
Cons: If you want topo maps for hiking you're outta luck., There may be a way around the lack of useful maps, but be prepared to spend days and days downloading third party software, downloading maps, learning to rasterize your own maps, figuring out how to load them.
Summary: First of all, the unit will NOT save a track as a trail. Oh, it will show the trail on the screen, along with all of your attempts to save a track as a trail, but you cannot use the trails. They only get in the way.
Summary: I bought a Triton 200 and found that its User Datum function does not work. This means that if I want to use it in a system different from the limited loaded datums I cannot. Don't buy this receiver if you may ever want to use it outside of the USA. So much for a global positioning system receiver.
Summary: I bought this by chance. I was looking for just a basic model to get my feet wet in the world of hand-held GPS's, so I did my research and decided to buy an eTrex H. Unfortunately, brand new, out of the box, it couldn't find any satellites (bad unit).
Summary: I bought the Magellan Triton 200 today after looking for a new handheld GPS to replace my old trusty Garmin eTrex Legend (B&W display etc). Since GPS chipsets have moved on quite a bit (SIRF III) etc I thought it would be nice to have something that was faster, more colorful and a more polished...
Summary: Unfortunately the gps unit I received doesn't work correctly. It freezes up and I lose all data.I have been in touch with Magellan and they are going to repair or replace free of charge. I am confident this will be resolved. My son has the same gps unit and it works great.
Summary: hard to configure if you are technologically challenged buggy software lack of detail in base map topo software imports a bitmap image into gps unit - pixelated! This was only useful on the first part of my road trip to the Grand Canyons. I didn't use any paper maps going there.
Summary: I recieved this unit as a gift. It is a very basic handheld unit with no frill's straight out of the box. Someone in one of the prior reviews stated that they actualy read the booklet that came with the unit. EXACTLY! Read the booklet, become familiar with the controll's, etc.