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it included software to run the unit that was many years ancient; and the mapping software including functions were way out of date.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.
Summary: First off, I would recommend any hiking GPS system as a backup to a simply map and compass. That said, I want to clarify something about this particular model. This is a basic beginner's device to learn about Navigation, Waypoints, Trails, GeoCache and all the additional methods that go along with these. It also has a good "Best Fishing & Hunting Times for Current Location" menu as well as "Viewing Sunrise, Sunset Times" and "Lunar Information".
Summary: Been there, Done that. If Amazon had not had such a generous no-question-asked return policy I would not have purchased this in the first place, given the ratings. But I did. And it went back today (minus shipping because in truth I should be penalized for buying this in the first place). That being what it is I have investigated in depth the lack of tech and sales support for Magellan and Garmin and Delorme.
Summary: I bought this unit rather than a Garmin because of it's ability to use Nat'l Geographic high resolution Topo maps. However, it has confusing screens and the manual is virtually worthless. It tells you what is obvious, but little else. The compass feature is especially frustrating. There is little about the unit that is intuitive. The screen I. D. isn't very informative, leaving you to drill down the wrong path, often. I'd consider alternatives.
Summary: This GPS is great if you are using it all the time. However if you don't touch the screen every few minutes it shuts off. With no power adapter you cant use it for long with out touching it. Also it has a hard time calculating distance. I drove away from a point and as the distance went up, it suddenly went to down. (went from 2500 feet to 1000 ft as i was driving away from the point). it was like it could not figure out what the straight line disance was to the point.
Since none of the reputable tech sites have decided…
9 January 2008
Excerpt: Since none of the reputable tech sites have decided to review the Magellan Triton series, I will take the task upon myself. I found no good information on Tritons before purchasing one, so I hope to arm you with the information you need to make a wise decision before purchasing. First and foremost, if you value customer support whatsoever, keep in mind Magellan has the worst customer support known to man.
After approximately 20 hours of using the Triton 300…
8 January 2008
Excerpt: After approximately 20 hours of using the Triton 300 in the field, these are my impressions. The good: Quick to power up and initialize. Rugged construction and feel of case. Clear bright screen. Navigation fairly easy and intuitive. Good battery life. Compatible with National Geographic 1:24000 maps The bad: User manual is incomplete leaving out a lot of necessary information.