Magellan eXplorist 500

This GPS unit from Magellan is very user-friendly, with a decent-sized screen and clear colour display. Simple “Mark and Find” buttons make basic functions easy, although buttons are very small and close together. Downloading routes from a PC is trickier than on some other units. It’s small, neat, light, robust and very comfy in the hand. Following routes on its bright, colourful display is very easy, but the information given by the “Tracklog” page is limited. Battery life is good, but it doesn’t use AAs, so you need to carry a spare or have access to a regular power supply. A magnetic compass and barometric pressure altimeter would be good for this price, too.

Verdict: Lovely to use and small and light enough to carry anywhere. Let down by its slightly clunky PC compatibility and lack of a magnetic compass and barometric pressure altimeter.

Size: 11.9x5.3x3.3cm

Weight: 165g

Screen: 2.25in diagonal full colour backlit

Battery life: 17 hours rechargeable Li-ion 1300MAH

Works with: Memory-Map and Anquet. WAAS/EGNOS-enabled

Routes/waypoints: Unlimited

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