Handy simple GPS
I've owned at least 5 of these units over the past 12 years and every time I break, lose, or give one away I find myself buying a replacement. They're easy to use, fairly rugged, fairly reliable given the age of the technology, and they have good battery life. Sometimes on cloudy days or in steep canyons they have a little trouble locking on to enough satellites to get or keep an accurate fix. The rubber button cover on the joystick loses the printed arrow within a few uses making it hard to figure out how to start the unit up unless you're familiar with them. This unit has a great feature that makes earlier eXplorist units almost worthless... with this unit you can attach a cable that uses USB to connect to your computer to upload waypoints you want to visit or download waypoints you marked while in the field. I've never used any other unit in the field because this one gets the job done at a price where you don't cry when you part ways as you tumble down a mountain:-)Read full review
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Just what I wanted
I bought this item because I already own an eXplorist 100 and have used it for almost 10 years without a failure and know the features and menus. The 100 & 210 units use 2 AA batteries which allows me to rotate rechargable AA - no special batteries. Also the eXplorist has a base map for major roads in USA which helps orient me on overcast days. However, the real reason I bought it was the Geocaching features. I can now download 200 caches very quickly from the weekly Pocket Query I have generated and have the caches on a moments notice if I am in a certain area. I am happy with my 210 model for the time being. It is supposed to have a marine feature too but I have not checked to see if it works yet.
Simple to use, very functional basic unit.
This is a very reliable, simple to use unit. A very accurate unit for the price. The base map is very convenient too.
Nice GPS, but don’t get too excited
I’ve owned or own a Magellan 300 (10 years old) and eXplorist 100, Garmin V and a TomTom wide screen. I wanted the eXplorist 210 for hiking. Operates much like the 100, accept has a base map and allows you to download GPS data into your computer. I chose this unit because it still has a grayscale display screen, so it uses less power over color, lasting up to 18 hour on 2 AA batteries. I’m pleased with the eXplorist 210 and it’s operation. I’m disappointed in Magellan and support that is completely absent. Three emails to purchased mapping software went unanswered. Likewise the Magellan website is useless for support, I’ve never been able to find straight answers for mapping software, firmware requirements for the GPS and what will work with the eXplorist 210. Pros are small, rugged, long life for batteries, and ability to backup for data. Cons are bad Magellan supportRead full review
Good basic hand held GPS for a budget
I like the easy to use navigation screens and its ability to keep a fix in the local woods. Easy to upgrade the firmware. With the new firmware from Magellan you get some new navigation screens. Only dislike if you use the Mapsend 3d software you have to safe the maps to the hard drive then convert to the GPS with the map converting software that comes with the GPS. Also if you have mulitple 210s you have to save the map with each one or you get a security error if you load it to one that you didnt save the map to the hard drive.