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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-priced, well-made geocaching device for neophytes and those on a budget, April 23, 2010
This review is from: Magellan eXplorist GC Waterproof Geocaching GPS (Electronics)
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What is Geocaching? It's an outdoor activity akin to treasure hunting, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world.

Sound interesting? Then you might want to give the Magellan eXplorist GC Handheld Geocaching GPS Navigator a whirl. It's an entry-level GPS geocaching device that is perfectly suited for neophytes, yet has enough capabilities to suit the basic needs of geocaching veterans.

The good:

- No-frills geocaching device is perfect for newbies as it covers all the basics expected from a geocaching device;

- The eXplorist has a nice, colorful screen;

- The eXplorist's interface is intuitive and easy to use, with an effective button layout;

- The eXplorist has very good GPS tracking capabilities, on par with more expensive geocaching devices, while also including a useful compass feature;

-The eXplorist is small (but not too much so), ruggedly-built, waterproof and feels very comfortable in the hands;

- Battery life is stated by Magellan to be a very good 15 hours, but my experience with the eXplorist GC using standard Duracell batteries has averaged battery life at around 17-18 hours;

- The eXplorist has a "suspend mode" that preserves battery life;

- The eXplorist comes preloaded with 1,000 of the most popular worldwide geocache locations; it includes a highly detailed worldwide basemap;

- The eXplorist can accommodate up to 500 waypoints and 5,000 point tracklogs; USB interface is non-proprietary;

- Various plug-ins and firmware updates (as well as the device's user manual) is (or will be) available through Magellan's website, promising increased device functionality and software improvements;

- Optional 30-day trial for premium geocaching membership services, which allow for great features such as paperless caching, pocket queries and bookmarks (after the 30 day trial, there is a $30 annual fee or a $10 three-month fee for the optional membership service);

- The price is right for a GPS geocaching device of this caliber.

The bad:

- No other GPS capabilities besides geocaching included in package;

- No option to add external memory;

- The screen is somewhat dimly lit and the text is fairly small, potentially making reading a chore for those with strained eyesight;

- Software response is somewhat sluggish;

- Very basic features means this is a no-frills geocaching device which, while perfect for newbies, may not be satisfactory for more experienced (or wealthier) geocachers who are looking for more "bells and whistles" in their geocaching device;

- As mentioned earlier, after the 30-day trial expires, in order to get the maximum benefit of this device, you will have to fork over either a $30 annual fee or a $10 three-month fee for Magellan's premium geocaching membership services (IMO, totally worth the extra cost for the premium features).

For those who have had issues with the eXplorist's lack of "pinpoint" accuracy, please keep in mind that this is an issue with most, if not all, of GPS geocaching devices, regardless of make or cost, due to various types of cover and terrain, which will interfere with GPS tracking. In all, considering its terrific price point and what you get right out of the box, the Magellan eXplorist GC Handheld is strongly recommended for newbies or those on a tight budget.
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Initial post: May 25, 2010 6:04:16 PM PDT
D. Herrell says:
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Posted on Feb 9, 2011 5:35:46 AM PST
What gps do you reccomend for a beginner that wants something easy to use and update? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 5:53:01 AM PDT
TotalFat says:
Try scanning the forums at the geocaching.com website and see what other people are using.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 8:10:01 PM PST
Does this Magellan let you input your own GPS coordinates that friends have shared with me?
I have read through the descriptions and most reviews and still can't find out if this unit allows you to manually input gps coordinates while it is hooked up to a computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 7:08:29 PM PST
Glenda Sims says:
Yes, you can add coordinates as a waypoint. You can also download cache location and info from geocaching.com. I recommend Vantage Point first.
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