Summary: The unit I've gotten myself has more wear and tear than I thought it would have. It seems like it may have gotten some water damage due to corrosion on the inside around the battery. The battery springs arent even attached and when using the locator it seems to have trouble with keeping a signal. I go geocaching and It often says I'm 400 feet from the target then 18 feet when I haven't moved.
Summary: I have never owned another GPS but this one works for me. Not the most user friendly and the buttons are too small IMO but Ive never had any of the issues with locking up Ive seen others mention.The base map sux but if you pay the $30 to Magellan for the year of satellite/Arial maps its pretty cool.
It has potential, but tech support is almost non existant
Michael K. Bowden, Amazon
8 May 2011
Summary: I originally had the lockup on anything and everything problem, but that got fixed with a firmware update. This is not the most user friendly device I have seen, I like to save trails for off-roading. The TOPO software that ships with it is usefull but doesn't seem 100% compatable with the device. It does extreemly well at aquiring a signal, even in my house that causes problems for cell phones.
Summary: In the interest of full disclosure, I must let all readers know that I use my handheld GPSr for geocaching, and my GPSr of choice is a Garmin. There. I said it. In the geocaching world, I'm one half of the team called "Trekkin' and Birdin'." If you're looking for help to choose a unit for other purposes, like hunting or backcountry hiking, this might not be the review for you. That said....I played with the Magellan Triton 400 as it arrived in my mailbox.
Not For Roads! Hiking, boating, geocaching, etc only
Jacob Hantla "hantla.com", Amazon
22 October 2009
Summary: First off, know what you're getting. Many of the lowest ranking reviews are simply because the reviewer expected a GPS that would help them drive around the city or walk around town. This GPS is absolutely not for this purpose. Second thing you need to know, when you open the box, the thing is next to useless until you load some topographical maps (beyond the extremely basic one included) into it.
Summary: I have a Garmin e-trex GPS as a backup for my sailboat navigation system so my use of handheld systems has been limited to marine use only. At first I thought this Magellan Trinton 400 system would be a good handheld for marine use. Then I changed my mind. 1. Yes, this 400 is in color... but the battery life is half that of my e-trex and I would much prefer longer battery life than a color screen. This is personal bias of course and may not be of importance to you. 2.