Summary: First off, this model is actually not the one I bought, but is the one I wound up with. At the time I ordered the 300, it was backordered, so they sent me a more expensive 400 for no charge. No matter how much a person hates a company's customer support, you have to admit that's beyond fair. But I would definitely recommend buying this 400 over the 300, knowing what I know now. There isn't that much difference in the two.
Painful start but memories that will live forever!
Super Mum, Amazon
13 July 2009
Summary: Luckily I love a challenge or I would have given up on the Magellan Triton right out of the box. First, there are no written instructions (the included CD links you to PDF instructions). Typically I am the ultimate avoider of instructions... I pride myself in my ability to figure out nearly anything without them (so what if I occasionally have to unscrew a board and flip it around to make it work?!?) However, I wasn't so lucky with this little GPS.
Summary: The Magellan Triton 400 is a very easy to use GPS with most of the features and functionality you would expect to find on higher priced units. My needs in a handheld GPS are fairly basic since we are casual hikers, however we do live very close to the Appalachian Trail in an area that has a lot of side trails, some of which are poorly marked.
Summary: Let me first start by saying that YES, you DO NEED to do a software AND firmware upgrade to get this thing to work. It took me about 10 minutes and a couple tries to upgrade the GPS, and it seems that it actually did two upgrades, a software upgrade AND a firmware upgrade (not sure what the difference is).
Summary: Like another reviewer, I found my Triton gps with adventure pack reduced at a local big name retailer for $99.00 and I bought the only one they had. It's interesting to note that I've been in four stores by this same retailer looking for one for my son and only the one store I bought mine from had it reduced to $99.00 while the other three were still selling it for $196.00.
Summary: I was quite excited about the Triton 400. I got it out of the box, installed the software, patched everything, downloaded the set of free TOPO maps covering different portions of the United States (well, I signed up, waited for the email, and then downloaded and installed them) -- I was, to a degree, a kid on Christmas morning with a new toy.
Be patient, and you will be thrilled with the Trition 400
Cliptwings "GPS Geek", Amazon
15 February 2009
Summary: I have owned over a hundred different handheld GPS receivers, buying and selling them on Ebay (after playing with them). There are really good ones and really bad ones out there. The T400 has the POTENTIAL to be one of the really good ones. It is in a slow process of maturing as a receiver. The secret to success with this model is to update it's software from the Magellan site before you EVER use it.
Summary: I probably wouldn't have purchased this unit, but I had an Explorist 500 that wasn't working right and even though it was out of warranty, Magellan gave me the Triton 400 as a replacement. I also got the National Geographic Weekend 3D map for my area. I got the map to load, although it was slow. It's a neat map topographically, but I use the Triton on my bicycle and the map doesn't list all the street names.