Summary: I have owned this unit for a long time and the Topo! software for California as well. I do have the updated firmware for both the gps unit and the Vantagepoint software . I don't work for Magellan nor National Geographic. I link the unit to computers using xp and vista. At first, yes it took some getting used to working the unit with the two softwares (Topo! and VantagePoint).
OK for what I needed at a bargain price, but not UK programmed
15 June 2013
Summary: This is a good product but not for the UK market as there is no built in maps for hiking in the uk or coastal maps. I bought it as a back up for my boat gps as it shows lat/long and compass direction plus speed so in that mode it was all I needed. Be careful buying from outside the UK unless really cheap allow for Parcel Force to make an ouside of UK handling charge which can almost double the expected price.
Summary: I am not sure if the seller was aware of this so I am not judging; however the GPS I received from him was factory repaired and it included software to run the unit that was many years ancient; and the mapping software including functions were way out of date. I bought this GPS specifically to take on my TN wilderness fishing trip with a buddy along with a local guide in order to mark way points of the local "hot spots" so we could return in a few days and limit out.
It cost me $7 to return this product twice, the 2nd time being finale.
23 February 2013
Summary: I previously owned a Magellan Blazer 12 GPS for about 14 years that worked fantastic and still does. I wanted to upgrade to the Magellan Triton 300 and was sorely disappointed. The GPS would get a location fix, but would not set the date and time. Supposedly all I needed to do was connect it to my computer and update the software to the unit. The unit would not connect to my windows 7 computer for updating.
Summary: I am a member of a K-9 search and rescue team and we use GPS devices a lot. This one for the money is just as good as the higher priced ones. The only problem I have is and it is just my own personal preference is it would be better with topo maps.
Summary: It was ok, can't seem to get it downloaded for the maps..so don't really have much use for it..tried for hours to download the maps,with no success...I would like to return it,but I have lost the receipt...
Summary: This is the first GPS that I have owned- That means that I had no knowledge on how to initially set it up as well as nothing to compare its performance to. However, I was able to fairly easily upgrade the software(at least no more complicated that any other electronic device I've owned and synced up to the computer, i.e. iphone via itunes).