Magellan Explorist 510 Waterproof Hiking Handheld GPS
The Magellan Explorist 510 Handheld GPS combines sophisticated engineering with a robust and rugged design. It is a very receptive Handheld GPS, navigation capacity and easy to read maps.
Magellan Explorist 510 – Our Opinion:
Having read the reviews on this product, they are genuinely positive. All of the Amazon reviews except for one are the greatest or most complete or best possible 5* rating, the other being a 4* rating. Let’s deal with the 4* first, reason being is that the reviewer would have preferent to have an integrated radio on the unit. So now to the 5* reviews, the mutual threads of positive remarks are that the product is well built, is easy to use, waterproof, is accurate, good looking, reliable, and very good features.
Magellan Explorist 510 – Features:
You may generate waypoints, record routes and tracks, and for geocaching fanciers there is something for you too. You may take delight in paperless geocaching, when you download you may see over 20 exclusive features of each cache, and be capable to search, filter and view. Some of the details you may view include location, name, hider, description, terrain, difficulty, hint, and recent geocacher logs.
The maps are accurate, the World Edition map may permits 2d and 3d watching angles. You will be competent to view finish road networks in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Western Europe, other points of interest such as water features, rural and urban land.
The authenti and easy to use three inch touch screen and interface is sunlight readable so it simple to interpret in almost any environment. The display allows you to merely tap on the menu and this will disclose the menu items, then merely roll over your chosen icon and you will find out more details and information. You also have two programmable hard buttons which may be directly linked to your most used, or favourite two functions. Magellan’s OneTouch favorites menu gives you direct links on to your bookmarks of individualized searches and your favourite places.
Other features of the Magellan Explorist 510 Waterproof Hiking GPS Navigation scheme are the integral 3.2 mega-pixel camera, so you may take photo’s whilst you are out enjoying your routes and trails, and you may record the emplacement of the photo’s for future reference. The speaker and microphone grant you to record voice notes and effigy referencing, you may geo-tag your multimedia content too.
It functions with two AA batteries and ought to last in the region of 15 hours underneath regular conditions. However, you may operate the suspend mode to help save power, this turns off the unit but it still proceeds GPS tracking.
The Magellan Explorist 510 is robust, and water proof by design, it may withstand being in water up to meter deep for up to 30 minutes and is tested to IPX-7 standards, so an accidental drop in a puddle will have to not affect it in the slightest!
|3.2 Mega-Pixel Camera with Auto Focus
Take photographs along your traveling and reference the emplacement where each photograph was taken afterward. Use the Integrated Microphone and Speaker to Record voice memos and playback in the field! All multimedia content may be geo-tagged with coordinates or attached to waypoints.
|World Edition Pre-loaded Map
The World Edition includes a elaborated road network, water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background.
Summit Series USA Pre-loaded Map
|Three-Inch Touch Screen
An intuitive touch screen user interface and sunlight readable screen makes the eXplorist easy-to-use in almost any environment.
|Online Experience Sharing
The eXplorist GPS receiver supports GPX file format and connects seamlessly to a PC as an external drive. Simply save files to and from the device and percentage with your favored online communities.
3-axis Electronic Compass & Barometric Altimeter
Download and view more than 20 distinctive characteristics of each cache and view, search, filter on the device. Details include name, location, description, hider, size, difficulty, terrain, hint, and recent logs developed by other geocachers.
Magellan’s OneTouch favorites menu provides instant access to bookmarks of favored places, individualized searches, and quick access to your favored screens.
|16 Hours of Battery Life
Powered by two AA batteries, the eXplorist GPS receiver will last up to 16 hours under normal conditions. To aid conserve power, use the suspend mode to turn off the device but maintain GPS tracking.
|Rugged and Waterproof
The eXplorist GPS Receiver is submersible and tested to IPX-7 standards, which means it may withstand depths up to 1-meter for a total of 30 minutes.
|High Sensitivity GPS
The integrated SiRFStarIII GPS chipset provides up to 3 meters accuracy with the assistance of WAAS, EGNOS, and MSAS to provide the most precise emplacement data worldwide.
Which eXplorist Is Right for You?
What’s in the Box
Magellan eXplorist 710 GPS Receiver, Standard Mini USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, 2 AA Batteries, Geocaching.com 30 Day Free Trial Flyer, Energizer Battery Coupon
Most helpful customer reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
Best GPS I’ve used (or seen!)
This GPS does so many things its difficult to know where to start. So, I’ll start with the negatives…First, the unit comes with Energizer Lithium Ion batteries; unfortunately, the ones I received were dead from the get-go. (Unit wouldn’t turn on. Tried some rechargeable batteries, and everything lit up wonderfully.) And on that note, the unit can even optimize itself for alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable batteries, so you’re well covered there!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
Needs Another Year In Development
By Michael Nelson
Camera: Picture quality of the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera is remarkably good (up to 1600×1200 pixels), the low resolution video camera not so much (video resolution is only 320×240 pixels and playback is rough and jerky) . Photographs are automatically geotagged and can be attached to your notes for the geocache. The photographs and videos can also be viewed on the internal picture viewer.
Microphone: There is a microphone and speaker for voice annotation so you can record spoken notes in the field. These notes can also be attached to a geocache.
Feel: Feels good in my hand, solid and substantial. The large loop at the bottom is perfect for attaching a lanyard (although no lanyard is supplied).
Construction: The 710 seems very well-built mechanically, with O-rings to seal it against water intrusion. It is waterproof to IPX-7 specifications. The speaker, microphone and camera lens are all outside the sealed area, but I assume they are waterproofed some way.
Receiver: The SiRFstarIII(tm) based receiver locks in solidly and holds lock even indoors and in heavy tree cover and “concrete canyons” in the city. The accuracy and position jump around some when you don’t have a clear view of the sky, but it seldom loses lock.
Memory: 8GB of memory is included, and there is a card slot for microSD cards up to 36GB. 8GB is a LOT of standard memory for a GPS!
Maps: Turn-by-turn navigation works very well, and the excellent Summit series USA topographical and City series USA turn-by-turn navigation maps with voice guidance are included in addition to the World Edition basemap.
Batteries: Comes with a pair of expensive, long lasting Eveready Ultimate Lithium batteries. Other brands usually don’t come with any batteries at all. There is also a coupon included that gets you $2.00 off on a set of Eveready Ultimate Lithiums.
Altimeter: After calibration to my home elevation, the barometric altimeter seems to stay calibrated well.
Customizable hard buttons: You can assign frequently used functions to the two buttons on the side of the unit for easy access.
Display: The high resolution display excellent indoors or in shade when backlight is on, but it’s another story in bright or hazy sunlight. See below.
Batteries: has settings for Lithium, Alkaline, and Rechargeable batteries
“Four CornerTM” menu: works well and is easy to get used to. Tapping the center of the screen once brings up the Four Corner menu. The upper left corner defaults to a “Dashboard” screen that has a compass display and 8 data fields. Each of the data fields can be customized to show the data you want to see on that screen. You can also choose a conventional compass display, a “Road” display that gives a psuedo-3d display of the road ahead like a car GPS, a rotating strip-style compass, a satellite display, a barometer display, an altimeter display, a display filled with data fields only, and a profile display. Tapping the upper right corner brings up the “One Touch” menu (see below). The lower left corner gets you the main menu, and from the main menu you can choose any of the top level functions or go into a Settings sub-menu to tweak the 710 to just how you like it. The lower right corner always gets you a context-sensitive scrolling menu that changes according to what function you are using at the moment.
“Dashboard” screen: is useful and easily customizable (see above).
“One TouchTM” Menu: This is a nice idea, but won’t allow me to do some things I would like to have on “one touch” basis (for instance “Cancel Route”).
Paperless geocaching: Excellent … contains all the info you might need including pictures that appear in the cache description on geocaching.com. It does NOT include the gallery pictures though. This unit comes with a certificate good for a 30 day Premium membership at geocaching.com.
Support: The guys in the “Magellan Insider” group are super-helpful unpaid volunteers. The Magellan Product Manager for this product is very helpful and takes a personal interest in customer problems.
Display: High resolution displays don’t work well in bright sunlight and this one is just as bad or worse than the Garmin Colorado and Oregon displays. If you hold it at just the right angle to the sun you can read it easily, but at most angles it is so dark as to be unreadable. This makes it particularly bad for use in a fixed mount on a bicycle, where you will almost never be able to read it. It also has a strange interaction with polarized sunglasses that causes the whole display to appear in shades of gold. Anything white on the screen (including the white on black text during boot) shows as gold through polarized sunglasses. This makes it even more difficult to read than the Garmin hi-res screens which do not have this strange interaction with polarized sunglasses. The backlight helps, and it comes on when you tap the screen, but the backlight is also a major consumer of electrical power and the more it is on, the shorter battery life is.
Touch screen: Sometimes it is somewhat unresponsive, and scrolling through long menus (there are many) can be difficult to do without inadvertently selecting something. Later versions of the firmware have addressed this to some extent by adding up/down arrows at the bottom, but not all long menus have them yet. There are no slick features like multitouch as found on Apple touch screens.
System boot: It takes quite a while to boot up (about 1 minute) and acquire satellite lock. However, once it gets a lock, it seems to hold it well. Unfortunately, periodically the unit will announce it is “restarting to improve performance”, and you get to watch it go through the reboot procedure again, and afterward it doesn’t seem to have improved performance at all. It did that on mine five times in one morning geocaching session.
Route calculation: At least on my unit running the latest firmware (4.83 at the time of this writing), calculating routes can take ridiculous amounts of time. One day I was 1.5 blocks and one right angle turn away from a geocache when it decided it needed to recalculate the route. It took three minutes to recalculate the route. This was in an open area, clear view of the sky in all directions, all bars lit up on the satellite display and the dashboard indicating “excellent” for signal strength. It often takes a really long time to calculate routes, sometimes I have had to power-cycle it and when it comes back up it finishes calculating the route immediately. These delays in route calculation happen annoyingly often.
Keyboard: This is an incredibly poorly-designed implementation of a touch screen keyboard. They have split it into two screens for the alphabet and you have to keep going back and forth. Even if the word you are spelling is all on the second page, there is no spacebar on the second page so you have to go back to the first page to get a space, or to capitalize a letter. It is by far the worst keyboard I have ever seen on a handheld device. Hopefully they can fix this in the firmware. Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch have the keyboard Magellan ought to be emulating.
Battery consumption: This thing loves to chew its way through AA cells. They advertise 16 hours, but I can only see it doing this if the unit is turned off. 2700mAh Powerex NiMH cells are good for maybe 3-4 hours. Non-rechargeable (and expensive) Lithiums maybe 8. You can extend battery life by setting it to time out and go into a mode where GPS tracking continues but the display goes off, and you awaken it with a tap of the power button. This helps a lot, but every time it comes awake from this mode the compass needs to be recalibrated, which is pretty annoying.
Compass: The compass needs to be recalibrated frequently. According to the manual, to do it, you dig down into the setup menu and choose “calibrate compass”, and it displays a diagram of a figure 8 pattern they want you to move the unit through while rotating your wrist so the unit is upside up part of the way and upside down part of the way. I do that, waving it around like an idiot for five or ten seconds and then it tells me “calibration failed, please try again”. Sometimes I go through four or five iterations of this before it says “calibration successful”, only to have it go out of calibration again in a few minutes. I have learned through the eXplorist user forum that you don’t actually have to go to the calibration screen to do this, you can just look at the little red compass calibration indicator at the top of each screen and wave it around if it is red (it turns gold when it is in calibration), but you still have to do this very, very frequently. On the numerous Garmin units I have had, one calibration of the compass lasts until you either power it off and back on or change the batteries. This is surely a bug that needs to be fixed.
Menu system: Although the “four corners” menu system is a nice start, too many commonly used functions are buried too many clicks deep and on long scrolling lists that have no easy way to navigate them. For instance, if you are geocaching and decide to cancel your hunt for the current one, you have to tap the center of the screen to bring up the four corner menu, then tap the lower right to bring up the context menu, then scroll down carefully several screens while being careful not to accidentally select something (if you do, you’ll have to start the process all over again) before you get to the “cancel route” choice, and then you have to confirm with one more press that is what you really want to do. I was hoping to be able to put this common choice on the “One Touch” menu that is accessed from the four corners menu, but that is not possible to do.
Further, it appears that if you do use the “Cancel Route” button it will remove all of the field notes in the “logs.txt” file, so when you get home and connect to geocaching.com to upload your field notes, the file is gone. Another bug.
The “One Touch” menu is again a nice start, but poorly implemented. It gives you twelve programmable buttons (the first three are set to be “Home”, “Camp” and “Car”, but they are only programmable to a particular destination, or a top-level function (for instance, canceling a route is not one of the available choices, but “Camera” is), or a customizable search. I think they ought to let you program any of those buttons to reach anything you can get to through the convoluted menu system, but you can’t currently do that.
“Track Up” Navigation Mode: This really works poorly at low speeds or when you stop. The map and compass display will just randomly rotate and it is extremely disorienting to look at. I found this mode to be unusable unless I am moving along at a good clip. If you are geocaching and close to a cache, you are usually walking around slowly and looking at the display to get you close, and when it is randomly rotating it is useless.
“Paperless Geocaching” Mode: My unit, when approaching a geocache, will often get into a mode where the “Smart Arrow” still works in terms of showing you the direction to the waypoint, but the map will not update and the distance shown to the waypoint will not update or change even when walking hundreds of feet. It doesn’t matter if the compass is calibrated or not, it just won’t update the distance for long periods of time / distance, and then suddenly it WILL update it when you are a hundred feet on the far side of the waypoint. Obviously this bug makes it useless for geocaching, and for finding waypoints in general.
“Vantage Point” Software: This is a nice looking free software package to allow you to view stuff from your GPS and transfer stuff back and forth. It seems to have some serious bugs though in working with the 710. For instance, if you have it synchronize with the 710 or send waypoints and geocaches to the 710, it manages to corrupt the contents of the 710, and you end up with all waypoints and geocaches being listed on the 710 simply as “Error!” and they are all positioned somewhere off the west coast of Africa. There is a workaround involving deleting a file on the 710 and then rebooting it to let the 710 recreate it, but a user really shouldn’t have to do stuff like that to use the product.
The Magellan eXplorist 710 has lots of great features, but it has so many that are ½ way done and so many bugs that it seems to me it should have stayed in development and testing for another year at Magellan before being released on an unsuspecting public. At the MSRP of this unit ($550), consumers have a right to expect a more thoroughly debugged product than this. After a very very frustrating week of 710 ownership, I sent mine back to Amazon for a refund.
NOTE: I was able to determine through experimentation that if you hook the 710 to your computer in USB Mass Storage mode and delete all of the files in the USR directory, they will be regenerated during startup and many of the bugs noted here will go away. The tracking no longer “stalls” when approaching a waypoint or geocache, the “track up” spinning doesn’t happen, etc.. Unfortunately, the corruption starts immediately and builds to the point where the unit becomes unusable again, and the only way to fix it is to delete those files again. That presupposes that you have brought along a laptop or some other way to delete the files though, because you cannot do it from the GPS interface.