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Magellan Explorist 610


LFTO rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

A brand new model from one of the big outdoor navigation brands that has been a bit quiet over recent years here in the UK. It’s the middle unit of the series, which essentially means that it comes with a barometric compass, but not road navigation (available on the next model up). Its rounded shape houses a three-inch touchscreen display. The case has a rubberised edge and sits well in the palm of your hand, and there is also a handy loop so that you can easily clip it on to your pack. In use it was one of the quicker models to start up, averaging just over a minute to gain a satellite lock with no fuss. The power of the GPS receiver is one of the strongest – picking up a signal even when sitting inside. The screen might be small but it’s economical: menu items disappear from the screen until actually needed. Each of the four corners of the screen gives you access to the various menus with relative ease. Plotting a route is fairly straightforward with a dedicated button on the side solely for that purpose. Scrolling through the map is a pleasant enough experience, without too much of a delay in the page refreshing. There is a nice zoom setting where holding the relevant button keeps the unit zooming in or out without having to tap, as you do on most other units. A real gripe with the mapping comes in the resolution of the screen. When viewing the installed Ordnance Survey mapping, the resolution of the screen is so low that lettering on the map is hard to read. It is a genuine issue, especially when compared to all the other mapping units.

Dimensions (cm):
Weight: 225g
WAA/EGNOS-enabled: Yes
Waterproof: Yes – IPX7
PC/Mac-compatible: PC and Mac
Battery: 2xAA
Battery life (claimed): Up to 16 hours
Contact: 0116 234 4600;


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