Summary: I've owned my 500 now for almost 4 years and am still happy with it. I've read all the horror stories here and am not sure what half of them are talking about. Mine came with a USA topo map that I had to install online. Updates in the firmware really improved the useability, I don't use Vantage Point, though I did install it. I use it mainly for geocaching and it is much more accurate than the Oregon that my buddy uses.
Summary: I purchased this with a gift card and did not have high hopes for the price but was surprised by its features.It makes a great beginner GPS and also has GeoCache capabilities. Its water proof up to 3M and feels solid in your hand. I also use the altimeter feature quite a bit which is nice.
Summary: Bought this unit refurbished after reading about twenty reviews but was a little leery of what to expect. Have been working with the Triton 500 for about a week and after some want to send it back moments I got the feel of it. Very strong reception at all locations I have been. Great on land or water. Has way more operations then I will ever use for every day hunting and scouting.
Excellent unit. Waterproof, TOPO ready. AA batteries. A+++
20 September 2011
Summary: Excellent Starter GPS. I use for hiking. Doesnt have any of the fancy (not needed) features. runs a very long time on 2 AA batteries. Google "maps 4 me" and you will find excellent topo maps for the triton for just 13.95/year unlimited downloads. Overall this is EXCELLENT dont pass it up for a 450.00 garmin. These do the job and are rugged and waterproof.
Summary: I have owned numerous handheld gps', Magellan, Garmin and the like. The Triton 500, is what I find as the best all-around gps device for my activities. I whitewater raft the rivers of the Pacific northwest, about 350 miles a year. I have owned three Triton 500 models. The first took an oar into the screen, the second went swimming (waterproof but still sinks), and now the third with a stronger mount to keep it steady.
Summary: We bought this GPS receiver about a month ago primarily for GeoCaching and are very pleased with the purchase. The unit has worked flawlessly and we haven't had any trouble with the Vantage Point software as others have complained about. I think most complaints were due to older versions of the units firmware and VP software. Magellan seems to have fixed all the problems, at least we have not encountered any. The GeoCaching features of this GPS unit are great.
Summary: This item arrived in a reasonable time and seems to work correctly. However, the readings are not very steady on it, and the elevation can vary by a few feet as you hold it. It can also move several feet up or down while you move horizontally, but it seems to settle back to a normal reading after you stop walking.
Summary: This GPS unit turned out to be much more flimsy and fragile than most hand held GPS units I have tried. The overall body of the unit is formed from cheap plastic and the battery door cover is very flimsy and does not fit or close very well. The unit is very light weight and just feels fragile. This was the first Magellan GPS unit I have tried; all of the other ones I have tried have been Garmin (both hand held and automobile).
Summary: I got a review unit of the Triton 500 to play with under the Amazon Vine program, and have been using it for the last three weeks, including a trip to Lake Tahoe over the 4th of July. I have to say this is the first Magellan GPS that I've used in some years, but I've owned a couple, starting with a NAV-1000, the first ever handheld GPS (which cost me $2000-$3000 at the time I believe).