Magellan Triton 2000

Like its smallerc cousin, the Triton 2000 uses free download proprietary VantagePoint software to transfer route data from PC to GPS. You can use a scroll wheel or tiny stylus (spares supplied) to navigate through menus and, while both work well, we’re not sure about the stylus in a gale or pouring rain. Full marks for the ‘one press’ buttons for “Go To” and “Mark”, though. Has a stack of features, including a camera, image viewer and voice recorder, as well as an electronic compass. As a navigation aid it worked well, picking up a fix quickly and showing the way ahead on a large clear screen via a number of different pages. Topo mapping can be installed using an SD card and will shortly be available for the UK. It’s big and very heavy, though, and also pricey. 

VITAL STATS
Size: 14.6 x 6.4 x 2.9cm
Weight: 224g (including batteries)
Screen: 6.86cm colour, 320 x 240 pixels
Battery life: 10 hours on two AAs
Routes/waypoints: 40 routes/2,000 waypoints
Works with: All mapping software that’s compatible with Magellan’s VantagePoint content manager, including Memory-Map; WAAS/EGNOS-enabled
Contact: 00800 62435526, www.magellangps.com
Verdict: At a whopping £450 this has a lot to live up to and as a GPS specifically for walking it has a little way to go. A lovely gadget nonetheless.