Summary: The Magellan Triton 500 GPS contained corroded double A batteries. There was minor damage to the GPS at the contact points of the battery that were able to be cleaned. In the future, removal of the batteries should be the practice.
Summary: The device is very accurate. The topo usa map that was sold by Magellan for this device could use some improvement. The maps are off for some areas by 300 feet. I use it mostly for geocaching and it takes me directly to the spot (within 3 feet accuracy). The battery life is a little short with the backlight on. I turned off the backlight to conserve power and the batteries have so far lasted for over 6 hours and they are still half full.
Consider your needs and usage before choosing your GPS.
15 April 2010
Summary: I really wanted to like the unit more than I did, because to me GPSs are still just plain cool. I own several of the Magellan Meridian models (with and without compass, regular and marine versions), an old Garmin car GPS, a Garmin 60 Cx, and an iPhone with MotionX GPS (if that counts). I do use this one occasionally because it is smaller and faster than the old Meridian models, though I've never really gotten "attached" to it.
Summary: Good point. GPSChip is SirfStartIII. The image map can be used. Bad point. Daytime: Dark screen. It is not easy to see. Night: The backlight is too bright. A reverse-route cannot be used. Why Others: Duration: With eneloop for about 15 hours (backlight OFF). Synthesis: There are a lot of points that should be improved. However, it is a trekking guide that can be trusted.
Summary: I had a explorist 400 and had all the maps for it. I tried to use them in the triton 500 and I couldn't. I did buy a accu-terra for it to help me along. However the Direct Send(street map & directions) don't work for it. It won't work the topo software either. It chews through batteries quickly. The electric compass is nice, it has great area pick-up and quickly. I bought a ram mount to mount this on my dirtbike.
C. Baumeister "Amateur Critic Extaordinaire", Amazon
23 November 2009
Summary: An energy hog with its color display, the Triton 500 is nonetheless rugged and quite accurate: it seems to acquire and retain a signal in terrain where other brands frequently fail. New (2009) software seems to have improved the response time of this model, but the software is still a bit buggy (coordinates entered manually often mysteriously change by a few thousanths of a degree). Unfortunately, the waypoint downloading software has not been effective for me.
Summary: Most of my previous GPS experience has been with vehicle-oriented GPS units, but those tend to be very lacking in usability for other outdoor activities. This unit is handheld, and pretty durable/weather resistant, and handles topo maps so it's obviously much better suited for such purposes. While the battery life isn't stellar, I don't mind bringing along extras and two AA batteries sure beats a built-in proprietary rechargeable.
No third-party support, bad for geocaching, mediocre battery life
Jonathan Smith "archao-geek", Amazon
16 September 2009
Summary: My primary gps is a Garmin 60cx. I picked this one up on sale to use as a backup GPS and (I'd hoped) to use a geocaching GPS that I could carry with me most days since it's a little more compact than the Garmin I have. Unfortunately, Magellan is unwilling or unable to release the specs for communicating with this unit, so there is absolutely *NO* third party support for the Triton series, and it looks like there may never be. This is a huge problem.
Summary: I am a big fan of navigation system for cars. I started using it a long time ago and had a lot of fun with it. However, I have never used any kind of handheld GPS systemj, and the Magellan Triton 500 is the first one. Since the Triton 500 is a cooler looking than the GPS I am using for my car, I was expecting some fancy features that I cannot find on the car GPS system. But my expectation was not right and I do not use it much these days. Here is why.
Summary: In theory this product is a great hiking, biking and canoeing tool but in reality, it falls short. I would highly recommend this product because of all the features it provides if it worked 100% of the time. There were certain problems that I could not get past to rate it higher. The unit is light and small enough to carry around without any problems. The buttons are a huge improvement over older versions.